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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

You need not change anything about the default setting in order to have people "left out" of the benefits of clerical magic. I don't think that clerical spellcasting is as easy to come by as ...
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How can I use powerful NPCs without overshadowing the player characters?

It’s all about Agency As long as the party is independent to choose their path, and their actions remain relevant, having mighty NPC’s involved won’t detract from the game. NPC’s that are already in ...
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Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?

It's ok if it's ok with you. But from your question I'd say you are not 100% cool with it. D&D, like many RPGs, boils down to a conversation between the DM/GM/Narrator and the player(s). The DM ...
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How do I get a new player to stop rewriting my game to match his favorite fiction?

DMs are allowed to have fun And he doesn't see how making the game "enjoyable for him" should be such a hassle for me. It's completely poisoning the game for me, I don't even want to judge it ...
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

True Clerics are rare The Player's Handbook points out that not all a deity's clergy are "clerics" who have magical healing powers. Not every acolyte or officiant at a temple or shrine is a ...
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What are the ramifications of creating a homebrew world without an Astral Plane?

Only the following elements in the core rulebooks use the Astral Plane While it's impossible to list every possible Astral Plane interaction in D&D, the list of things in the three core rulebooks ...
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Is there need for messengers in DnD 5e, if spell Sending exists?

Sending is expensive and has certain limitations The question already notes the primary drawback to sending, which is that it is expensive. The Adventurers League Tyranny of Dragons Player's Guide ...
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If my world-building makes undead not intrinsically evil, what rules changes would I need to make?

You don't need to change anything As far as the rules are concerned, the alignment of NPCs is under the complete control of the DM. In the DM basic rules, page 3 under alignment, we are told (similar ...
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In a world without a Shadowfell or Feywild, which player options would be changed/removed?

Historically, neither plane existed until 2008 D&D went without these planes for 30 years; they were invented for 4e’s wildly simplified ret-con of the planes. The Shadowfell combined the Plane of ...
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Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?

TL&DR: So I'm asking, is this appropriate to disallow this? TL&DR: Yes, it is appropriate to disallow them creating things ex nihilo in the game world. You are the DM, you run the world. D&...
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How can player characters get by with daily necessities during a delve into Hell?

The Ranger can take care of the food The goodberry spell, cast once per day, will provide at least enough food for your party. That means that the Ranger has to have chosen that spell, and burns one ...
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Could a lone wizard act as a city's law enforcement?

I believe the answer would be no, and here's why: I firmly agree with the statement "No major crime committed would go unpunished." Major crimes being public manslaughter, openly aggressive acts of ...
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How can I tell my players that necromancers are not bad guys?

The people are not afraid... or at least not afraid of the necromancers. So you have necromancers keeping order. Cool. They probably have skeleton guards or something. You have a bunch of refugees ...
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How can I deliver in-universe written lore to players without it being dry exposition?

Add brief lore based descriptions to many objects, not just books. Lots of hand crafted objects should have references to the lore of the world. Subtle examples include: Symbols of deities, makers ...
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Mechanics of a town where magic doesn't work

You aren't limited by existing mechanics when worldbuilding That's the joy of worldbuilding, the world you build is the world you build. You can explain it narratively however you like and the world ...
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Can only Wizards become Liches?

In fifth edition, the description of liches does indeed suggest that they are specifically wizards. But... well... fifth edition has said a lot of really dumb things, in my opinion, on the subject of ...
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How do I get a new player to stop rewriting my game to match his favorite fiction?

That player, from your description, is either a small child or shows the behaviour of one. As such, reason is useless. Regarding the major NPC of his favorite character, I would have tried one and ...
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How to introduce the levelless, cost-based spells of Cthulhu d20 into D&D 5e

My background: I've run some adventures using insanity themes. I once had a character who used insanity-magic and was about to go insane, when his player decided the campaign was too dark for him and ...
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

This is a common misconception that founders on the shores of how real life works. There's Not Enough Healers 5e doesn't have any metrics on the distribution of leveled individuals. 3e/3.5e did (...
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Can only Wizards become Liches?

A lich is usually a wizard, but practically always a spellcaster. Firstly, a DM can always invent or change elements in their own campaign. Perhaps a wizard's treacherous servant interrupted their ...
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Do different monsters cooperate? Do I need to justify it when they do?

You have gnolls working with goblins, kobolds, and ogres. Does the party perhaps have a human, elf, dwarf, and gnome? Because that’s exactly the same level of variety. I’m serious, it can help to ...
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What is the general education level of people in the Forgotten Realms?

Historically, medieval peasants had very limited academic knowledge Education was largely viewed as a matter of necessity (or lack thereof) - people learned only what they needed to in order to go ...
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Is there need for messengers in DnD 5e, if spell Sending exists?

Availability of magic If your setting is a High Magic setting (see pages 38-41 in the Dungeon Master's Guide for more on "Flavors of Fantasy"), this might not apply so much, but in settings ...
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Sustainable farming of humanoid brains for illithid?

You don't need any humans. Rings of Sustenance are dirt cheap at 2500 gp. If you've got the resources to build a human farm, then this cost is trivial. In fact, it might be trivial anyway: 2500 gp is ...
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Have classes and levels ever been recognized officially in-game?

Yes, the name/class/level relationship was originally an in-game term depicting a level of power and social status. Some in-game effects of this were the limitations on level advancement for AD&D(...
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Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?

From the very beginning of the DMG: The DM creates a world for the other players to explore,[...] As a storyteller, the DM helps the other players visualize what's happening around them... One of ...
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How can I involve a PC's backstory in a campaign that's set exclusively in a distant or foreign location?

Ask for a travel-friendly backstory I actually just kicked off a campaign where a requirement was that my players' backstories revolve around the idea that they were being chased in some way. The idea ...
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

Cure Wounds doesn't cure wounds: it restores HP From the 5.1 SRD, page 96: Hit points represent a combination of physical and mental durability, the will to live, and luck. Hit points are an ...
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How can I involve a PC's backstory in a campaign that's set exclusively in a distant or foreign location?

Use aspects that relate to the backstory rather that direct references to the backstory I find that backstories are generally driven by events, personal trauma, people and objects. What you need is ...
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Mechanics of a town where magic doesn't work

Dead magic zone DMG page 109 provides the "Weird Locales" list, which can be used for adding more interesting wilderness features: Weird locales make the fantastic and the supernatural an ...
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