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It is probably possible to come up with in-game reasoning, but to my ears they sound contrived and might have adverse effects on the rest of your game, so I won't bother. ("But wait, if that's true, then why can't we just...?" and the next thing you know they've invented blood-tracking stirge-artillery or something out of genre.) However, out-of-game, a ...


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Assuming, as you've requested, that "that's boring, don't track it" is off the table, then yes, your intuition is right: this is a logistics problem. And to the contrary, it is the bread and butter of many groups' style of playing D&D, with a tradition stretching back to the very first days of the hobby in the early 1970s. Liking these ideas ...


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They answer the question of “where did you put your arrows such that they’re easily accessible?” If you tell me, as DM, that you have 20 arrows but no quiver, then I’m wondering where the arrows are and how you’re grabbing them to shoot your bow. Some alternative answers might be fine, but if they’re just stowed in your pack somewhere, then I will probably ...


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Sand is one thing used by scribes to blot ink, so that a document can be handled or moved soon after working on it, without dripping or smearing. You can assume it sees use as a matter of course while the character is mapping a dungeon or composing a letter. Apart from that intended use in a scholar's pack, it can probably be put to many creative uses under ...


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What you're experiencing is a mismatch in what you all expect the actual game to be. As such, a boon will likely not make up for the confusion — at best it will be inexplicably ineffective at altering the players' choices, and at worst it will exacerbate the problem. Different games, same name You see roleplay and adventure in a believable world as the ...


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The Short Answer (TL;DR) You need Thieves' Tools to pick a lock but you don't need to be proficient with them. The Long(er) Answer You (usually) need Thieves' Tools to pick a lock or disarm a trap BUT you (probably) don't need to be proficient with them (maybe). Exactly how you are meant to use Thieves' Tools isn't 100% explicitly and unequivocally ...


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The disadvantages are the same as wearing regular armor you lack proficiency with (Note, I used the basic rules pg.44 as a reference, but the information should be the same as in the PHB, pg. 144) You claim that shields are not armor. I challenge this assertion. Shields are not body armor (as noted in this answer on the first linked question). The answer on ...


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The part you're missing is (ignoring story consequences). I've played with a party who were really amused about the idea that they could buy an Elephant, and then did (and named it Bongo) and brought it along on their travels. The result of them doing this was: losing a bunch of money on buying food and stabling constantly having to think about how to ...


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It does what a tent does: provides temporary shelter from rain, snow, wind, cold, sunlight, and so on. Depending on the severity of these conditions, the lack of such shelter could create a situation where restful sleep is impossible. In the absence of restful sleep, most humanoids accumulate levels of exhaustion, which is debilitating and eventually lethal. ...


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There's very little point in an open field, but in a dungeon reducing the light radius to 5ft can easily be enough to make sure it doesn't shine across the next corner.


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First, the rules for snowshoes don't actually exclude their use by horses or centaurs; the rules make no mention of needing to have humanoid feet to wear them. I personally feel it would be poor DMing to just decide that one PC can't possibly keep pace with the rest of the group -- if one PC has to go slow, then the whole party has to go slow, at which point ...


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I asked Mike Mearls: Can the arcane/druidic focus staff double as a quarterstaff? And received the following response: yes


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Theoretically, they could be included, but it's incredibly unlikely that rations would contain any type of additional seasoning for a couple reasons. As a preface, this answer applies to the standard D&D setting: a medieval fantasy world. If the setting of your game is different, say a steampunk setting, or a futuristic space odyssey, this doesn't apply....


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In this specific instance, I'd think the question is moot. The effect of a handful of salt on an ordinary slug is devastating because the slug is so small. The effect of a handful of salt on anything called "giant" is going to be minuscule. It might be like getting a single drop of acid spilled on you. But, of course, that's up to your DM.


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Under "Chapter 5: Equipment" in the Player's Basic Rules and Player's Handbook: A cleric or paladin may create holy water by performing a special ritual. The ritual takes 1 hour to perform, uses 25 gp worth of powdered silver, and requires the caster to expend a 1st-level spell slot. (PBR, p. 49; PHB, p. 152*) The ritual only expends a 1st-level spell ...


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Why not let them play their character authentically? That's a great personality trait to use as part of a plot development. Their hyper vigilance and over-concern for minor issues can be a great addition to the game. I GMed with a player with a Bard who (like the player) had a hard time paying attention. Every time the group was being stealthy he would ...


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Mage hand can pour out a vial of acid. Pouring a vial of acid in this way will (generally) not damage an enemy. It's exactly as the rules you quoted say. You can pour out the contents of a vial. Per the description of Acid, simply pouring isn't enough to do someone--who likely doesn't want acid poured on them--damage. If you start pouring acid on one who ...


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The contents means "what's in the flask" you can splash the contents of this flask onto a creature within 5 feet of you The contents, not modified by "some of" or "a fraction of" implies all of it. (That is a plain English reading of that clause). Another example of this usage would be when my beer spilled on Monday night. You can honestly say that ...


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I realized my comments were better suited as their own answer. You are absolutely correct that a hooded lantern would be visible in the dark from any distance. Assuming you had direct line of sight on the lantern. So if you are in an open empty field, or a very large open cavern, then you are right...there's no point to a hooded lantern. However, you can ...


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Any Staff, magical or otherwise, can be used as a simple melee weapon in an identical manner as an ordinary Quarterstaff. DMG page 140 states this regarding magic staves: Unless a staff's description says otherwise, a staff can be used as a quarterstaff. There are however other logical reasons for reaching this conclusion if the DMG excerpt is ...


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Starting Equipment at higher levels Page 38 of the DMG provides a table for starting wealth and equipment at various levels.


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Have a Session 0 Seriously, have a session 0 and discuss what kind of game you're wanting to run versus what kind of game they're wanting to play. There's a clear stylistic mismatch between you and your players, and that should be talked out OoC, not with in-game incentives. No amount of in-game incentives are going to make me want to play Halo when I was ...


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There are quite a few things that the Cleric can do ... This cleric requires his holy symbol to really do anything. That's not quite true. What cantrips does the cleric have? The following cleric cantrips do not require material components (and thus do not require a holy symbol). Guidance, Sacred Flame, Spare the Dying, Thaumaturgy, Toll the Dead The ...


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To me the problem seems to be that the other players think that they gained treasure as a team and divided it up according to some measure of 'fairness' and 'need.' So when one player leaves, they think that their joint loot is up for redistribution. That's a very pragmatic approach, and perhaps you should discourage it to encourage in-character gameplay (...


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Thanks to the resources of his organization, this wizard has a contingent fireball cast upon the spellbook. (This makes use of the 6th level contingency spell). The contingency spell is keyed to go off upon his untimely death. (The fireball can be cast at 3rd, 4th, or 5th level and still be used with the contingency spell). The fire ... ignites ...


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No, it's not overpowered Healing in the game isn't expensive. In fact, most of the time, it's entirely free - a long rest will completely restore all your lost hit points, a short rest will usually restore quite a few, and any cleric or druid can cast several healing spells a day for no gold pieces whatsoever. You've got the cost analysis backwards - it's ...


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A ration weighs two pounds, but a character only needs to consume one pound (half a ration) per day. The key word in this case is need and how this is very different from should. A character, at a bare minimum, needs be consuming one pound of food per day, but very rarely will anyone want to get by on the bare minimum amount of food unless it's a survival ...


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As far as I'm aware, there are no official rules regarding the diet of either of these two creatures. As such, it would depend on the DM, as usual. However: If you insist on using real world logic, keep in mind that while the head of the minotaur is indeed bovine (Thus its teeth are best suited for chewing plants, mostly grass) most of its lower body is ...


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By a literal reading of the rules, then no you do not start with ammunition (possibly just because Druids aren't really associated with ranged weapons). Compare with the Ranger starting equipment that specifically mentions a quiver and 20 arrows. However, you can speak to your DM. It would hardly be unbalancing to start you off with 20 arrows or whatever. ...


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Yes, as soon as the wizard levels up, those two spells are found in one of his spellbooks and he can prepare them the next time he prepares his spells. They do not require time or money to scribe, though they do fill up the appropriate number of pages in his spellbook. This is one of those things that’s supposedly been going on in the background the entire ...


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