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How can I deal with a player that won't stop adding extras to their character?

This is going to be a hard ride. You don't just have a player pair of clashing styles. You need a few stern words that might sound harsh, but I have learned over years of GMming, that sometimes you ...
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Is this "School of the Wyrm" wizard subclass I found balanced?

This is unbalanced and badly designed The second level feature of this gives you the option to cast any spell from a cleric or druid spell list. There's no need to look at any of the other features: ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

I would suggest that you don't need to do anything in particular, at least at first. Consider: Your player is specifically interested in the "'travelling wilderness by themselves' feeling" ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

Some encounters can be talking encounters Unless your wilderness is completely uninhabited and trackless, there are opportunities to meet others. Examples: Another traveler in the wilderness A trade ...
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Does target of Geas know the penalty for disobeying?

The rules don't say Personally, I'd go with the mythological basis for geasa when the rules fail to specify and there are serious consequences if the spirit of the spell isn't involved. In Irish & ...
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Can you switch your "Replicate Magic Item" Infusion after a long rest?

No, you cannot. The Replicate Magic Item feature says (emphasis mine): Using this infusion, you replicate a particular magic item. You can learn this infusion multiple times; each time you do so, ...
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How can I deal with a player that won't stop adding extras to their character?

Tell him No The root of this issue is that Archel is fundamentally not playing the same game, and you are allowing him to. This is to the detriment of yourself and the other players who are there to ...
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Is this "School of the Wyrm" wizard subclass I found balanced?

No, it is overpowered, and as as you've noticed, steps on the toes of others classes I see the following problems with it: Spell Research negates the most significant limitation of the Wizard - ...
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Do you have to be holding the agate for Awaken to awaken a beast/plant?

You only have an instant to touch the plant or creature Awaken has a casting time of 8 hours, and consumes an agate worth 1,000 gp as the material component. As per the spellcasting rules (Casting a ...
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Is this "Survivalist Fighter" archetype balanced?

No, this is very strong and unlikely to be balanced. Going over the abilities: Keep Moving is probably fine. It's thematic and the most potent ability is the advantage on constitution saves, which ...
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Homebrew Monk Subclass - Way of the Unbreakable Fist

This is too strong overall I think your self-assessment is right. Monks are generally considered one of the weaker classes in 5e, so you can be a bit more agressive in your subclasses, but even ...
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Does target of Geas know the penalty for disobeying?

They do not know The spellcasting rules under Targets (p. 201 PH) say Unless a spell has a perceptible effect, a creature might not know it was targeted by a spell at all. An effect like crackling ...
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Question about application of Medicine skill

How to use ability checks From Chapter 1, Players Handbook, page 6 "How to Play" The DM describes the Environment The Players describe what they want to do The DM narrates the result of the ...
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Can Nolzur's Marvelous Pigments be used with the Mage hand cantrip?

Whether marvelous pigments can be used by mage hand is up to the DM It's dubious. The hand can't "activate magic items", and using the pigments seems a lot like activating a magic item. A ...
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Does target of Geas know the penalty for disobeying?

They might not know, but you really should tell them... The Geas spell is D&D's version of the classic folklore trope of being cursed by a witch or wizard or compelled to perform a quest. In both ...
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Are there any features that allow for faster long rests?

Be an Elf Elves have the "Trance" racial trait, which means they meditate instead of sleeping, and "gain the same benefit" from four hours of meditation as "a human would from ...
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How can characters cross Crematorium in the Turn of Fortune's Wheel adventure?

The Zombie is the main danger The levers are outside of the room as you can see in this illustration: The adventure says: Zombie Worker. After the characters enter the crematorium for the first time,...
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Homebrew Monk Subclass - Way of the Unbreakable Fist (Revised)

First of all, it could use some adjustments to the writing Steel Fists While wearing these gloves, you can cause slashing damage when doing an unarmed strike, instead of bludgeoning. When do you ...
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Vrock spores question

The cloud has a 15 foot radius. In this case, the trait description tells us exactly the size of the cloud: A 15­-foot­-radius cloud Therefore, it doesn’t matter the size of the vrock or where the ...
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Do you have to be holding the agate for Awaken to awaken a beast/plant?

No, you can't. The rules on material components state: Casting some spells requires particular objects, specified in parentheses in the component entry. A character can use a component pouch or a ...
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How can I deal with a player that won't stop adding extras to their character?

Several other authors have suggested that you put your foot down, and stop allowing Archel to inject facts as if they were legitimate. These are great answers. You decide what behavior is allowed at ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

I might suggest making portions of the campaign about the journey. What I mean is, thinking about what actually happens in terms of encounters and situations on that journey. For example, I ran a ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

Throw in some "Lone Hero Against Nature" encounters. Read some Jack London or Robinson Crusoe, then have the hero deal with storms, losing their way in the fog, and being attacked by ...
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Question about application of Medicine skill

This is simply an 'Ask your DM' scenario. If the DM intends that the motion sickness may have an impact on combat, etc then they may say no, but if it's just a character building, social interaction ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

Focusing in on a couple pieces of your question and comments: … a big part of the campaign will involve travelling in the wilderness by themselves … and they're very excited about the character and ...
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How can I deal with a player that won't stop adding extras to their character?

You use a different leveling system. Instead of exp for kill you can use milestone exp. Whenever an important obstacle or event occurs that seems noteworthy, give an amount of exp. Further, if your ...
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Does a Magic Staff count as a magic weapon?

Yes, unless the staff says otherwise The DMG says (p. 140): Unless a staff’s description says otherwise, a staff can be used as a quarterstaff. The quarterstaff is a simple weapon. That means any ...
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Can Nolzur's Marvelous Pigments be used with the Mage hand cantrip?

Probably yes, but ask your DM The crux of this is if using the pigments counts as activating a magic item. There is a Q&A that claims using the paint does not count as activating a magic item. I’m ...
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What is meant by uncommon, rare, very rare listing for magic items if all magic items are rare?

Nearly all are too rare to buy, but some are more rare than others Nearly all magic items are rare in the sense that you cannot just buy them, like you can mundane items, and in the sense that it also ...
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Let's put the Demonomicon into a Bag of Holding! What could possibly happen?

It does not count as the same plane This has been clarified explicitly in a Sage Advice Compendium entry: Are extradimensional spaces, such as a demiplane or the space created by rope trick, ...
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