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What's the story to "WotC gave up on fixing Polymorph"?

Wizards of the Coast made numerous attempts to errata the unbalanced polymorph spell family in D&D 3.0 and 3.5, before eventually accepting that the spell was inherently broken due to its ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

Many dragons are shape changers; most of those that aren't can cast spells including polymorph spells. They can write books by turning into things with opposable thumbs.
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Is succubus in savage species underpowered?

I strongly recommend against allowing it Been there, done that. My experience with the Savage Species succubus I have gamed with a Savage Species succubus in my party before. It did not go well. The ...
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Why are all monasteries human?

Monks could only be human prior to D&D 3rd edition. In the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition Players Handbook, the monk class was exclusive to humans. The other races—dwarves, elves, ...
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Who invented Difficulty Class?

Jonathan Tweet invented 3e’s core mechanic and its DC concept Difficulty Class did indeed make its D&D debut in 3e,1 and has been traced by Shannon Appelcline's historical work directly to ...
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Where is the Gold Slaad mentioned?

You are thinking of Ssendam, the Slaadi Lord of Madness detailed in the 1st edition Fiend Folio and Manual of the Planes. He appears as a golden slaad in his golden castle in Limbo near the slaadi ...
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What are ability scores used for in Dungeons and Dragons?

Your starting assertion is wrong. Ability scores actually are used for a number of things in Third Edition that are not entirely trivial to replace with modifiers. In very rough order of importance: ...
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Why was the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting for 3e not updated to 3.5?

They didn’t re-release any supplements. The core books—Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual—are the only books that got re-released in 3.5e. For the rest, the official rules ...
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Who were the Ancient Baatorians?

Wizards of the Coast did not ever describe the ancient Baatorians While one of the writers of the book Elder Evils did attempt to jazz up the final entry in that book by naming Zargon the Returner as ...
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Were clerics without a god limited in how many levels they could gain?

No. Rules for the level of cleric that a given god—or lack thereof—could sponsor went out with 3rd edition, and haven’t returned. While narratively interesting, they made for awful gameplay and meta ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

While most dragons are capable of changing shape via one means or another (as Dale M already mentioned), even altruistic dragons are typically very materialistic, and with their incredible lifespans, ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

Via various forms of magic, or by compelling other, weaker creatures to do it for them (possibly by magic). Any dragon of appreciable age has access to magic that will allow them to write. A single ...
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Is there an errata that changes the effect of the Irresistible Spell Metamagic feat from Kingdoms of Kalamar?

The feat was printed in its altered form in KoK: Player's Guide to the Sovereign Realms A bit of googling turned up this post in a GiTP thread where the mystery is helpfully explained by user ...
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Where in Sphere-Space is Telene?

Officially? Nowhere While Kenzer has the right to use the D&D logo, they definitely did not have the right to Spelljammer, and may not have cared to in any event. WotC most definitely did not ...
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Is Greater Link Spell as limitless as it appears?

No. Link Spell [Metamagic] You can cast two spells at the same time. Benefit: When preparing spells, you can link two spells together. These spells must then be cast at the same time; when you cast ...
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What is the origin of "Improved", "Lesser", and "Greater" in spell names?

Lesser and Greater first appeared in the usage you describe in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition While the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st Edition) Players Handbook (1978) had spells ...
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Are there rules for fleeing from combat?

Fleeing an encounter is difficult in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition Tactically, a creature wanting to end an encounter moves away, usually by taking the action run (Player's Handbook (2000) 127) ...
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What was the source of this Magic Items PDF found on Wizards' website?

It's a 3.0-era free download from the WotC site Though I originally thought it might be from an article or web enhancement for a 3rd-edition D&D book (thanks to its rules wording and use of the 3....
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Are the 'Rules of the Game' web articles for using special attacks as attacks of opportunity corroborated by any other source?

The Player's Handbook includes Table 8–2: Actions in Combat that, in footnote 7, says These attack forms [i.e. disarm, grapple, and trip] substitute for a melee attack, not an action. As melee ...
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Was L5R 2nd Edition based on or compatible with D&D 3.0?

The rules are incompatible; only the setting is shared Wizards of the Coast and AEG's Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition uses the roll-and-keep system. Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and ...
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How can I justify a gnome samurai in Faerûn?

With limits, allow exceptional player-characters Based on the question, it sounds like you're reluctant to have the PC and elements of the PC's background be exceptional. This DM gently recommends ...
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Cloak Fighting, the Ultimate Deception... How to Build it?

There is almost-zero support for such a character in this system. D&D, especially 3.5e, is an extremely high-magic system—people wouldn’t bother to learn those tricks because magic is easier and ...
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How far can a half-orc monk with 18 STR throw a pig?

No matter the half-orc monk's level, the typical half-orc monk that possesses Strength 18 that's using only material from the core rules can't throw a pig. Step 1: Find the pig Officially, pigs have ...
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Who composed the music for the CD attached with 3e Player's Handbook?

The software history The software was made around 1999 to 2001 by Fluid Entertainment (see the back of the cover). The company had the software on their portfolio till around 2013 when the webpage ...
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Why are all monasteries human?

It was a D&D thing, but over time became less and less of a thing—and 3rd edition was the inflection point. Quadratic Wizard’s fine answer explains matters up to 2001’s Sword and Fist. However, it’...
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Name of a javelin-creating gauntlet

Magic Item Compendium has the gloves of endless javelins on page 194 which produces a +1 javelin made of magical force at will, so you can attack, well, endlessly with these.
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Where do new druids come from?

A 3.5 perspective - the background section of Druid in Player's Handbook: Though their organization is invisible to most outsiders, who consider druids to be loners, druids are actually part of a ...
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Is there supplementary material that improves the adept NPC class?

The Eberron Campaign Setting introduces the religious adept The adept's spell list is expanded a little by a variant adept presented in the Eberron Campaign Setting on—appropriately enough—Adepts: A ...
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How does two-weapon fighting work when using an off-hand triple dagger?

Given that there is this passage: The triple dagger could also be used as a normal dagger, if desired, but if used in the off hand, all normal penalties for fighting with two weapons apply. I ...
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Is succubus in savage species underpowered?

Powerful in its niche This has a really weird level progression, but let's have a look and compare with sorcerers level by level: Level 1 - Extra feat, full BAB, all favoured saves, proficient with ...
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