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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 have been replaced with advantage (for positive modifiers) and disadvantage (for negative modifiers). This mechanic involves rolling twice and taking the higher ...


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A properly optimized character can break the speed of light. The build "Chuck E. Cheese" asserts that it can break c: Round 1: Activate Belt of Battle to cast Footsteps of the Divine(Fharlaghn) as a Swift Action, expending 7 Turn Undead attempts to Persist the spell via Divine Metamagic and then Extending it via Lesser Metamagic Rod of Extend. ...


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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 unbounded versatility. In 2006, Wizards decisively addressed the issue by sidelining polymorph, removing dependencies on the spell throughout the entire game, and ...


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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 player's skill during the game mattered more than their skill during the character creation process (if we ignore some of the changes introduced by Unearthed ...


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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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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 easier sorting. Products released in the same month are presented alphabetically. Parenthetical references are official abbreviations gleaned Wizards of the Coast'...


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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, the url wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/arch/we can now be found under archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/arch/we. In some cases more modifications have to be ...


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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 Dispater (Book of Vile Darkness, 3.0) up to 8th level, which triples it. These abilities explicitly stack. D&D multiplication rules turn this into a quadruple ...


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To quote the 3.5 rulebook: Because a whip can wrap around an enemy's leg or other limb, you can make a trip attack with it. If you are tripped during your own trip attempt, you can drop the whip to avoid being tripped. When using a whip, you get a +2 bonus on opposed attack rolls made to disarm an opponent (including the roll to keep from being ...


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There is absolutely no reason to take exactly 3 levels of Fighter. Strictly Superior Alternatives Assuming you go by non-fractional saves/BAB – which I refuse to do personally, but it is the base rule – the level gives you ~5.5 HP, +1 BAB, +1 Ref, +1 Will, and 2+Int skill points. Taking Barbarian 1 at that point instead would get you ~6.5 HP, +...


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Found it! It was called Jamis Buck's Dungeon Generator, and the URL was http://www.aarg.net/~minam/dungeon.cgi. There was an offline version for Windows, as well as a treasure generator, town generator and NPC generators for D&D 3.0 and 3.5. That site is gone, but a good replacement is http://donjon.bin.sh/d20/dungeon/.


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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 Jonathan Tweet, lead designer of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition. Initial 3e work began without a design vision shortly after WotC acquired TSR, and CEO Peter ...


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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 Spawning Stone, but normally looks like a huge amoeba. He is the oldest of the slaadi lords, believes that madness is the ultimate form of chaos, and doesn't care ...


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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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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 much simpler and faster combat, with most attacks just being a roll of 1d20, a table lookup, and a damage roll if successful. Spells require a save or attack ...


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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 Bards received more skill points and spells on their spell lists were changed. Clerics are allowed to spontaneously cast cure and inflict spells of the "mass" ...


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There are no ways that I'm aware of to improve cantrips (granted, my Pathfinder skills are not that good). However, as you included 3E solutions, I might point out 3.5's introduction of Reserve Feats. Basically, if you're willing to hold onto your higher level spells, you are granted at wills that aren't amazing, but are much better than a crossbow! Lots of ...


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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 retaliation by the world's more annoyable wizards and clerics. While consuming the souls of bunnies (as suggested by a previous edit) is both cute and delightful, ...


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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: Ability damage from poisons and such-like would be twice as dangerous if it simply attacked modifiers at the same rate, and given the usually small dice ...


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I wouldn't tie the two together. D&D has a fairly small number of basic stats (like Constitution and Charisma), so it's interesting to see what different combinations of high and low scores mean. Someone with low constitution might not be able to run for long, or they might be rather frail, or they might just get sick a lot. Someone with high charisma ...


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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. You are free to take levels in another class as described in the multi-class rules, if you don't want to advance in that class anymore. But there are no shortcuts to later ...


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As a matter of fact, Spider Climb does not allow to traverse frictionless surface automatically, much as the spiders can't traverse glass, for example. All it does is granting climb speed to its subject, and that doesn't even mean automatic climb success: A creature with a climb speed has a +8 racial bonus on all Climb checks. The creature must make a ...


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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 3.5), Spell turning is an option 2 I think . You can counterspell it with magic missile or dispel magic. A ring of counterspells can be used by non-casters. ...


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An unofficial FAQ created by the community on Wizards' forums says the following: The Psionics Handbook is from 3.0, and is no longer supported. The Expanded Psionics Handbook, despite the name, is a standalone system that replaces the 3.0 system. 3.5 psionics differs from 3.0 psionics far more than current edition magic differs from AD&D 2e ...


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Realism. Or, if you're a pedant, verisimilitude... Killing someone with a whip or even using one is a nontrivial operation in real life, and Pathfinder, and 3e D&D from which it sprang, still considers some degree of simulation of the real world to be a virtue. Also, balance in the face of cheese-weasels. If the weapon really had a 5'-15' threat range ...


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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 on if water stops being a river if it leaves the river. Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells says the following (p.39): Any living mortal who comes ...


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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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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 "casting spells without preparation" qualifies as "casting spells spontaneously", but casting spontaneously isn't the same as casting spells without preparing them. ...


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Dwarves aren't defined as Small size in AD&D 1st or 2nd edition – they just happen to be. The thing is that creature sizes work differently in AD&D than in D&D 3.x. Size By Simulation In AD&D, your size class isn't attached to your race, it's attached to your actual height and weight. In AD&D, a medium creature is defined as ...


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On page 30 of the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook, the bard starting package lists: Knowledge (any one) | Rank 4 | Ability Int (my emphasis) Knowledge ("any" or "any one") is sometimes used as a shorthand for the ability to select any of the game's Knowledge skills (listed under the skills section in the book and -- if you're playing D&D 3.5 -- listed ...


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