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Is there any reason not to choose a modest lifestyle?

Short answer: Yes If you live a better lifestyle, you make powerful and influential friends. You can get a better lifestyle for free by being employed by an organization, or by training Profession or ...
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What to do between battles while traveling for 1 week with no gold?

Skip (most of) it Whenever I need to have my PCs travel, I simply skip the travel time and move directly to the point. In the past, I've tried to play through travel time, adding encounters and ...
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In the "Buying Magic Items" downtime activity, can I roll on a more affordable table than my Charisma/Persuasion check would normally indicate?

This is explicitly permitted: .. you can roll for items from any table associated with a lower total on the Buying Magic Items table. (XGtE 126) You can also find rules for searching for ...
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What does it cost to buy a tavern?

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist provides an option Warning: possible spoilers of the adventure ahead. Besides the option above, if you want to build one from the ground up, your best guideline is to use the ...
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Trying to do a time skip, but how do I justify it to my players?

You can simply justify it by saying that for mechanical/story reasons, you don't want them to do it. They can come up with the specifics. Ideally, just be up front with it when they build their ...
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What does it cost to buy a tavern?

The rules provide no clear answer to the cost of purchasing a tavern. Maintenance costs of a tavern are described in detail (DMG 127). The purchase of a tavern is not described in detail, but there ...
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How do I get my GM to include downtime to allow crafting

Frame challenge: Don't look for arguments, don't think of this as something you need to present an argument for. Just be direct about what you desire out of the game: "There are Between ...
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What Downtime Activity from Xanathar's Guide to Everything Yields the Greatest Profit?

Selling magic items is the best, but with lower starting cash: pit fighting Introduction There are five downtime activities that can provide profit: Crime, Gambling, Pit Fighting, Selling Magic Items, ...
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Trying to do a time skip, but how do I justify it to my players?

Since this is at the start of play, you can actually mess around a bit narativistically . You officially start play, 4 years after that adventure. Narrate that scene a bit, and then do a flash-back ...
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How long should a Performance last to earn a living?

There is much more to a performance than the actual performance itself. It takes many hours of practice to perfect an art (trust me), not to mention the time it takes to compose or find new music or ...
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What to do between battles while traveling for 1 week with no gold?

Utilize "random" events Fill up the time with seemingly random events that inflict penalties or rewards on your players without spending too much time on them. Example: They see an oasis. It has ...
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Trying to do a time skip, but how do I justify it to my players?

I have had similar instances in the past involving required time-skip, or what I call "interrupted adventuring" for one reason or another. There is a few things I would recommend doing. First and ...
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What to do between battles while traveling for 1 week with no gold?

If you are comfortable with collaborative story-telling, then use a montage. These are a concept originally from 13th Age (I believe), but should be useful in any game system. It is described in ...
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Can you craft during an adventure?

By RAW, it depends on what you are crafting; Yes, for some things. As per the "Tool Proficiencies" section in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (starting on p. 78), with the correct tools many ...
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Is it possible for an Adventurers League character to buy a magic item during downtime?

Generally, no... The Adventurers League Players Pack contains the documents that detail your options in AL play. Purchases are restricted to items in the PHB. The only potion available for sale ...
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What is the correct interpretation of the Gambling Results table in Xanathar's Guide to Everything?

This table describes how much money you would have after one week of gambling. Result Amount you have after Gambling Gain 0 Successes -100gp (a debt of 100gp) -200gp 1 Success 50gp -50gp 2 ...
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What Downtime Activity from Xanathar's Guide to Everything Yields the Greatest Profit?

Gambling if there is no stake limit David Coffron's answer has covered most of the main points, but I'd like to expand more on gambling. Assumptions Unfortunately the wording of the rules has some ...
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My characters are in prison and don't plan to escape. What should I do for the next 14 (in game) years?

Since all player characters got accused and are in prison and none of them wants to escape, you have the option to have the campaign skip forward to 14 years later. Your characters are now the Blues ...
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Given this specific land and business, what can the PCs expect to earn from it?

There's no hard-and-fast set of rules on this. But we've got a few ways of looking at your scheme. 1. Crafting (PHB187)/Crafting Magic Items (DMG 128-129). Each of these pursuits allow you to manage ...
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Can a character have downtime while on the road?

Downtime activities happen between, not during adventures. Downtime Activities specifically describes time between adventures that characters engage in other non-adventuring activities (DMG 126-131). ...
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Language proficiency per week of downtime

There isn't any rules for that. Sometimes in D&D the DM is required to make a ruling, this is one of those times. I have had someone try to learn a language using the 5e downtime rules, but I ...
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How much profit can a low-level caster make by offering Mending as a service during downtime?

With the Work Downtime Activity, Up to Comfortable Lifestyle + 25 gp per week This sounds a lot like the Work downtime activity from Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, and roughly the same type of ...
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Given this specific land and business, what can the PCs expect to earn from it?

There's a million things you could do, and that is pretty difficult for us to answer. But, I'll let you know what our DM did that has been working for our group. All of the following is what our party ...
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Is it possible for an Adventurers League character to buy a magic item during downtime?

Yes, in AL you can buy potions, scrolls and magical items but there are limitations... Even though Xanathar’s Guide to Everything has an entire section dedicated to buying magical items, there are ...
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Awarding Downtime Days Using Rules-as-Intended

No, you are not allowed to award 30 days. AL has rules for everyone to follow and in this case it’s very clear from the rules what the allowed award is. If you believe an exception is merited, ...
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Is crafting permanent items supposed to take this long?

Yes, Crafting for a discount is meant to take that long Keep in mind that no matter what you're crafting, if you succeed the check you can always choose to finish the item after 4 days; you end up ...
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How do I get my GM to include downtime to allow crafting

Ideally, the best time to do this is at a Session Zero You can get lots of details on what a Session Zero is from these links, but in a very small nutshell, it's a time often set aside before a game ...
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Is a player character required to engage in downtime activity?

First off RAW gives the referee the authority to decide whether downtime activities are required. Between adventures, the DM might ask you what your character is doing during his or her downtime In ...
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How to award Downtime and Renown in Curse of Strahd?

Legendary Dude is right, in that the nature of Curse of Strahd doesn't lend itself well to prospectively breaking it into "episodes" or "adventures." It's designed for the players to be able to ...
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Does the "Downtime: Catching Up" option require DM permission, or just logging it?

This is an autonomous action that a player can invoke. They don't necessarily need to be playing an adventure to invoke Downtime. Downtime in general is sort of treated like a special currency in this ...
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