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Why does dandwiki have a poor reputation?

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 ...
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How to play when you have little experience and speech difficulties?

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 ...
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Why does dandwiki have a poor reputation?

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 ...
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Is the Sage Advice Compendium considered a 1st-party resource?

As the "Official Rulings" section at the start of the Sage Advice Compendium states: Official rulings on how to interpret rules are made here in the Sage Advice Compendium. The public ...
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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

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, ...
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How much of the 5e resources can be found online?

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 ("...
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Is D&D Beyond an official rules source?

(Preface: The below answer was initially written before WOTC's acquisition of D&D Beyond on 2022-04-13. I assume the acquisition would not make my conclusion of 'treat the digital sourcebooks as ...
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Can the original WotC-published SRD RTF files be found anywhere?

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 ...
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What happened to EN World's D&D Lifeboat?

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 ...
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Where can I find an exhaustive (and constantly updating) list of 5e reference and adventure books?

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 ...
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How much of the 5e resources can be found online?

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&...
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Why does dandwiki have a poor reputation?

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 ...
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Contradictory parts of D&D Beyond: which is official?

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,...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

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 ...
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How much of the 5e resources can be found online?

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 ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

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 ...
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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

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 <...
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Can the original WotC-published SRD RTF files be found anywhere?

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 ...
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Is Most Excellent Adventure available anywhere other than 1d4 chan?

Using the wayback machine on that link gives a page with a link to a google drive document.
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How to map out and run an encounter set in a predominantly vertical area online?

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 ...
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What was the source of this Magic Items PDF found on Wizards' website?

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....
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Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class?

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 ...
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Website where people contribute descriptions of NPCs, items, cities and so on

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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Are there any online guides, official or unofficial, to help create new classes?

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 ...
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Neverwinter & Sword Coast adventures

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 ...
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How much of the 5e resources can be found online?

D&D Beyond is the official digital source. For free you can access the Basic Rules; this includes races, classes, archetypes, monsters, Unearthed Arcana, etc, everything you need to run a game. ...
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How to play when you have little experience and speech difficulties?

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 ...
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Where can I find a current list of touch-range spells?

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 ...
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Is Most Excellent Adventure available anywhere other than 1d4 chan?

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 ...
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