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There are really two problems: Zero quality control. Anyone can add anything they want, and since there is no vetting, the overwhelming majority of it is bad. This becomes a vicious circle where the only people who go there are the people who cannot recognize the low quality of the content—which means their own content is likely low quality as well. Poor ...


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Going to post about my experiences as a web GM for several years now and try to answer your questions. 90% of my players have probably never heard my voice. If you want to learn D&D or any other tabletop game, it's very easy to get started! If you are new to RPGs, I would recommend D&D 5th edition, which also offers a version of the rules and ...


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It contains lots of homebrew. The site hosts pages and pages of homebrew races, classes, feats, spells, etc. Far, far more than the amount of official content on the site. Take a look at the list of class pages. It's easy, especially for new players, to mistake the homebrew for official content. Official content on the site is marked with a "SRD" label (...


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Per the description at the top of the Sage Advice Compendium: These are the official rulings of Jeremy Crawford, the game’s lead rules developer. Other pages on the Wizards of the Coast website also refer to Sage Advice as "official rules answers" or "official clarifications of D&D rules". It's definitely an official, first-party source. (D&D ...


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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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There are a few things. The basic rules for players and Dungeon Masters provide all the information needed to start play, but not much in the way of monster stats. The Systems Reference Document ("the SRD") includes a subset of the monsters from the Monster Manual and the magic items in the Dungeon Master's Guide. All of the information from the SRD can ...


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I believe at least the digital versions of the sourcebooks themselves (currently listed here) should be treated as an official rules source roughly on par with the books. Firstly, WOTC considers D&D Beyond to be an official digital toolset for the game (though it's worth reiterating that it isn't made by WOTC directly, but licensed through them): This ...


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The Internet Archive has a deliberate Collection of the original WotC SRD RTF files in its library, separately from the web-archiving project of the Wayback Machine. (Although the Wayback Machine is the most visible thing the Internet Archive does, the Internet Archive’s core project is actually an ongoing effort to collect open and public domain digital ...


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Enworld Lifeboat is gone... But the content remains! The Lifeboat Subforum on Enworld was merged with the main "Charop" forum where posts have prefix tags for editions. All of the curated lifeboat content made it (i.e. not every single charop post, but rather those deemed valuable). There is a handy post listing all of these guides in categories with links ...


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On the Wizards Product Catalog page. Wizards tends to keep a pretty accurate catalog of their physical products, and this list can be sorted new-old, so check back there periodically and see if something crops up in front. All the books you've listed are there. (the new-old ordering seems to not be tied totally to release date — maybe the date it was ...


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WotC has released free PDFs that provide you with some of the content from the PHB, DMG, and MM: Basic Rules - Apart from the core rules information, the Players' PDF gives you the most iconic D&D classes and races, and a small selection of spells. The DM's PDF gives you a small collection of monsters and magic items. They can also be viewed online - ...


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The biggest problem with "dandwiki" is that it is named "D&D Wiki" instead of "D&D Homebrew Wiki (that also has pages for publications/products and SRD content)." I have been a somewhat active user of the site for the past year now and maintain that this is the biggest problem, but most diehard contributors argue that just because it has SRD content ...


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There is no official order of precedence, but you should probably trust the "book" pages over the generic listings D&D Beyond is meant to be an accurate representation of all official 5e material, and almost all of the time it is, but as with any large project there are sometimes errors that sneak in - much as the physical books sometimes have printing ...


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Let them know where the free resources are This answer has all the link information you need for the basic rules, SRD, etc. Provide pre-generated characters; Let them choose from a pool of characters larger than the number of players who will be playing. WoTC has pre-generated characters for each class - they are available from levels 1-10 - for free on ...


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A site called Open5e recently launched that has everything from the SRD: rules, GM guide, character creation guide, spell list, some monsters, and equipment. It's easily searchable and it's open source, so people can contribute more info if there's anything they've missed.


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Reduce the decision making for the new players. Ask them in general terms how they would prefer to handle combat - melee vs ranged, weapons or magic, and so on. Then create the detailed characters for them. This removes the need for a lot of system knowledge and allows them to start actual play sooner.


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The archive feature will generally get you the content you once had a link to. There's a couple of URL forms I recognise that'll work. /dnd/Article links For Article pages — ones that have /dnd/Article.aspx in the URL, like in the question — there's still a way to access them: replace the 'www' in the URL with 'archive'. So for the updates ...


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Yes, thanks to the Wayback Machine (at least for now) Fortunately it doesn't seem that Wizard's robots.txt policies or anything else have precluded the SRD page and downloads from being archived by the Internet Archive project. I put in the page URL, randomly selected a snapshot from a few years ago et voila - all the files are available to download. ...


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Using the wayback machine on that link gives a page with a link to a google drive document.


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Use isometric projection map, for example: Roll20 has a wiki page on how to use them: https://wiki.roll20.net/Isometric_Maps_in_Roll20 But if you're willing to use alternative applications, there are purpose-built apps for isometric-map building and playing such as Dungeon Builder Also see this related question about mapping a vertical-heavy dungeon, ...


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It's a 3.0-era free download from the WotC site Though I originally thought it might be from an article or web enhancement for a 3rd-edition D&D book (thanks to its rules wording and use of the 3.0 softcover page dress), it did not show up in any of the existing article archives on the Wizards of the Coast website, nor in any of the 3.0-era web ...


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For the Expert class itself? I have not seen such a thing. However, you could look for handbooks for individual skills. Unrestricted skill selection is the only noteworthy feature the class has, and these can be optimized more or less individually. Some noteworthy skills and fewer handbooks: Handle Animal (handbook) Use Magic Device (handbook) Iaijutsu ...


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This sounds like Strolen's Citadel. It's community-driven, strongly categorised and searchable in the ways you describe, and does have community contests.


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The official guide can be located here, I will expand a bit on it below, for reference, I have made 3 custom classes before:https://media.wizards.com/2015/downloads/dnd/UA3_ClassDesignVariants.pdf Creating new classes is not an exact science, and works best by taking features of pre-existing classes and adapting them Having a template is always the best ...


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If you want something that fits in directly with the time period of the Forgotten Realms as depicted in Phandelver then the new Princes of the Apocalypse adventure starts out just to the east of Phandelver. I have the book and the initial adventures are in the Dessarin Valley. The north end begins at the eastern terminus of the Triboar trail as you can ...


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About 15 years ago, I was in a group with a player who was mute some of the time (no idea why, but I think he kept having surgery for his vocal cords). During his mute phases, he would communicate with the rest of us via a hand-held dry-erase board. It was not as fluid as it was when he was able to speak, but he was able to participate and contribute to ...


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Use D&D Beyond's spell archive You can filter by class, source, etc. and then sort those by Range to find all the touch spells. Searches will be limited to freely available materials unless you have a D&D Beyond subscription or own the requisite books on D&D Beyond. Caveat: It does seem like D&D Beyond is only planning to include future UA ...


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The first draft of the game came from this thread, post No.18410350 by Anonymous on 03/21/12 (Wed) at 21:25. That post contains a link to the google drive document, and the other posts in that thread document how the game was developed.


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Roll20.net is going to be your best friend First off its free. COMPLETELY FREE. Roll20 has a built in grid with the ability to use their library and import images to lay as background under their grids. Player tokens can work in much the same way. The system has integrated chat dice rolling and even programmable buttons players and the GM can create to ...


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