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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the "what's new" summary for 5e?

Note that this answer assumes knowledge and familiarity with D&D 3.5e. (Dis)advantage: A large number of situations and abilities where you would add a positive or negative modifier to a roll ...
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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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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

Use this handy list of... Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition and Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Products from Wizards of the Coast in Order of Publication The following presented in year/month order for ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

This question is very much about personal preference; therefore there isn't going to be a "right answer" or "solution." Here are my reasons for still playing: AD&D 1e is the last edition where a ...
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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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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

Much of the content is still on Wizards' website. Why they didn't create proper redirections I don't know. Some of it is preserved by "simply" prefixing the word archive to the old URL. For example, ...
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What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?

Easy: 9-20. Let's start by disproving that 11-20 is the highest threat range possible in D&D 3.0/3.5. Take the Improved Critical feat, which doubles your threat range. Also take Disciple of ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

Here's a list of important differences between the two editions, though I will completely agree with KRyan, D&D 3.5 is just so much better, inarguably so than its predecessor. Class Changes ...
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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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Is there some way to skip or negate dead levels?

No Those "dead" levels are there for a reason. It's supposed to balance the classes. If you want to take the levels beyond that "dead" level, you need to take the dead level first. ...
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Can a 3rd Edition Game use 5th Edition Characters?

No The rules are, despite having similar names for things and some similarities in implementation, completely separate. They do not work together, and a campaign has to choose which edition to use.
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

There are three reasons I can immediately think of that apply to new players - they're the reasons that my group started with an earlier edition of D&D, rather than later ones. Early D&D has ...
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

An army marches on its stomach. The world-devouring necromancer's primary enemy is logistics: how to get enough humanoids to power your bodyworks in a short enough time to prevent massive unified ...
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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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What makes a good protection against magic missile?

Well, there's shield, of course, as well as the brooch of shielding. Lesser globe of invulnerability works (as does similar spells), as does an antimagic field, the spell Nightshield (Spell Conpendium ...
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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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Can liquid from the river Styx be weaponized?

Answer: This is up to the DM and they should consider the party's intentions with the stuff. Various books provide an inconclusive answer due to inconsistent descriptions of the Styx and the ontology ...
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In which book does Tordek mention a "+3 weapon"?

Magic Item Compendium, p. 5: "My armor? +3 adamantine light fortification full plate. I wouldn't leave home without it." —Tordek Quite specific. Neither an axe nor a sword though.
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Does spontaneously mean without preparation?

The two terms are not synonymous, but from a rules perspective, they are very near it. At least a few rules citations - some from your examples, and a few more I've cited below - indicates that "...
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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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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

The archive feature will generally get you the content you once had a link to. There's a couple of URL forms I recognise that'll work. /dnd/Article links For Article pages — ones that have <...
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How can you tell a 3 E feat is still valid for 3.5?

The listed guidelines are accurate Keep in mind, though, that most feats remain available unless the game says they're not. But, like any feat, just because a feat's available doesn't make it useful. (...
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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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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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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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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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Can you mix 3e with 4e books?

Rules for different versions are mostly incompatible. There are some conversion guides available on the internet if you if you want to mix content from different versions. As AceCalhoon points out ...
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How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

All of this is 3.5. Note that you are going to need a ton of turn undead uses to make this viable, which means taking Extra Turning, and that’s a serious problem because you also need a ton of feats ...
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