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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

You do not need to use miniatures and a battle grid. In fact, playing on a grid at all is listed as a variant game option - it is not the default rules assumption.
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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

No, you do not need to use miniatures Miniatures and grids are not necessary for playing D&D 5e, they can be useful visual aids for combat as you can see exactly where you are relative to other ...
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What size is the standard grid used when playing D&D 5e?

Miniatures come in varying sizes and they are all described in metric units. For D&D and most other RPGs the most commonly used scale is 25/28mm - this is a scale of 1:64/1:56-58. Mats are ...
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What is the origin of the name for the tabletop miniature company "Ral Partha"?

According to a letter from Jack Hesselbrock, a former president of the company, "Ral-Partha" was the name of a wizard character played by John Winkler, a friend of one of the company's ...
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Some of my paper printed 2 dimensional minis don't fit the 5th edition D&D grid. How can I correct this?

(The bulk of this answer concerns paper miniatures that stand up on the battlemap. For information regarding tokens that lie flat on the battlemap, see Addendum 2 below.) It's difficult (and not ...
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Where did the first Dungeons and Dragons miniatures come from?

Role playing came out of wargaming, virtually all of which used miniatures. Chainmail was just one of hundreds of miniature-driven wargames, mostly historical military in nature. Sci-fi and fantasy ...
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How do I get a Hero Forge model using a wheelchair?

This dicebreaker article (unaffiliated with me) helped me find where the options are located. Now your heroes can now choose from three Wheelchair styles in the Mount menu: The Modern Wheelchair, ...
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How big should the squares be on a battle map?

1 inch squares, corresponding to 5 feet. The DMG suggests that you make the squares on your battle map 1 inch on each side. These squares then correspond to 5 feet for game purposes. DMG 250: You ...
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How many different miniatures and how many copies of those miniatures will I need at the same time in Curse of Strahd?

Whole list of maximum of creatures in single encounter 1 acolyte (pg. 46) 1 animated armor (pg. 171) 1 arcanaloth (pg. 184) 1 archmage (pg. 39) 1 assasin (pg. 108) 1 baboon (pg. 118) Up to 4 bandit ...
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What is the Blue Dragon wing span size compared to other dragons?

On average, a blue dragon's wingpsan will be larger than brass and white; similar to black, bronze, copper, and green; and smaller than gold, red, and silver. The 3.5e Draconomicon gives maximum ...
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What exact dimensions does a physical cone AoE template need to have?

Which of these interpretations of the definition of a cone's area of effect is the correct one to base my template design and construction on? Answer: Option 1 You say: The problem is that the ...
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How big should the squares be on a battle map?

They should be big enough to comfortably hold the base of your largest single tile minatures. For the most common miniature lines this is about an inch (roughly 2.5cm) on each side, but you should fit ...
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Where can I find pre-painted minatures for D&D 5e

Yes. They do exist, and can easily be found online with a bit of searching: https://www.trollandtoad.com/ https://www.miniaturemarket.com/ http://beholderthebargains.com/ http://dnd.wizards.com/...
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What exact dimensions does a physical cone AoE template need to have?

Option 1 is correct. Let me quote the first sentence of the Cone description: A cone extends in a direction you choose from its point of origin. That is, the cone is defined by the direction you ...
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Where did the first Dungeons and Dragons miniatures come from?

It's true that D&D play evolved out of the century-long tradition of miniature wargames, and was sold to that market of players; and also used terminology like "miniature wargame" prior to newer ...
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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

While playing on a grid is very common, it is not necessary in any way; the 5e rules (Player's Handbook p192) make this clear - in fact playing with a grid is listed as a Variant rule (i.e. optional, ...
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1980's Citadel miniature identification

This probably isn't the proper answer, but on page 23 of the Warhammer FRPG book there's an image of a "Bounty Hunter" that somewhat matches your query. Well, at least enough that I ...
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Tempera Paints for Making Washes on Miniatures?

The tempera paints will probably not make very good washes for use with miniatures for two reasons. First, while tempera paints are thin, they are very opaque. More so than typical acrylics. Opacity ...
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What are some alternatives to using miniatures for games that require them?

To have the right minis at the right time in a D&D 4e campaign, I used Gnome Stew's Print-and-Fold Gnome Miniatures. I'd find exactly the right picture online and print as many miniatures of it as ...
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What size is the standard grid used when playing D&D 5e?

In the Dungeon Master's Guide, page 250, it states that when playing with a mat the squares or hexes should be 1 inch across and should represent 5 feet. But you can play with the scale of the squares ...
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Where can I find pre-painted minatures for D&D 5e

A good option is to try and find hobby stores that sell second hand miniatures. There will be a chance that you can find ones that have already been painted. Alternatively online sites might have ...
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How big should the squares be on a battle map?

Dungeons and Dragons has routinely used inches for its measurements, a tradition dating back to its late 70s wargaming roots. This means things will be easier on you if your battle mat has 1" squares ...
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What exact dimensions does a physical cone AoE template need to have?

If you use the simple geometry suggested in the PHB, this is simple. A cone’s width at a given point along its length is equal to that point’s distance from the point of origin. So at 5' out, it'...
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What's the cheapest, good way for someone to try getting into painting miniatures?

Get the Reaper Learn to Paint: Core Skills kit. For around $35 you'll get 11 high-quality paints, two brushes (not $20 high-end brushes, but they're fine and you're going to ruin your first few ...
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Are there official, complete statistics for these exotic weapons?

No The complete statistics for those weapons were never presented publicly. Each creature in the Chainmail game had a Stat Card that was included with the miniature. The card documented the combat ...
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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

Not at all The use of figures with D&D is a hold-over from a game Gary Gygax made before Dungeons and Dragons: Chainmail. Chainmail was a figures-oriented game, basically medieval combat using ...
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Some of my paper printed 2 dimensional minis don't fit the 5th edition D&D grid. How can I correct this?

I've used several different versions of printed counters, flat stand up and variations on these. I suggest you scale your pictures uniformly. If it's difficult to make out which are what then consider ...
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What exact dimensions does a physical cone AoE template need to have?

Similar to CultOfTheD20's answer, I drew a picture. The blue are 15' cones, green extending to 30' cones. No matter the angle you hit approximately the same number of squares. Determine your ending ...
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What are some alternatives to using miniatures for games that require them?

Kitchen sponges are cheap and you can cut them into fancy shapes or simple cubes and they come in different colors, you can draw on then with Sharpies or paint them if you really wanted, can cram a ...
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What are some alternatives to using miniatures for games that require them?

An alternative is to forego the miniatures and instead use a "Terrain Roll" (similar to a Reflex save/Dex check) to model the action. Everyone imagines the story in their head, and the DM assigns a ...
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