Joel Harmon
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Can I begin roleplaying if I'm visually impaired?
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Absolutely Here's the bare minimum you need to successfully join the roleplaying hobby: At least one other willing person Mutual communication That's it, full stop. The complexity and bar to entry ...

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How can I stop myself from micromanaging other PCs' actions?
90 votes

You are not a problem player You said "I'm a problem player", but also have the self-awareness to recognize "I’m ruining everyone’s fun". This means you are not a problem player. You are a player ...

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What are the dangers of renaming spells and changing their flavour, without changing mechanics at all?
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You'll be fine As the DM, you retain full control over the whole game world, including what spells are available and what they do. All you have to do is be honest and upfront with what rules you're ...

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How to avoid favoritism when only one PC pulls on plot hooks?
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Gating One simple solution to your problem is sometimes called gating. You simply require something for an interaction, and your talker (below, assumed to be a Human Fighter) doesn't have it. Here are ...

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How can I limit my players' options in character creation when the reason why is a spoiler?
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My vote is for the broad-strokes banhammer. In short, don't make a big deal of it and people mostly won't notice. Just because something exists in the world does not mean it should be an option for ...

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Does the Hold Person spell work on a Troll?
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Use Hold Monster. Trolls may look roughly human-shaped, what with their two arms, two legs, and a head, all in roughly the expected configuration. However, they are not Humanoid the game term. Take a ...

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Is it possible for a PC to create a permanent floating castle or island?
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Yes A few likely options come to mind: Wish. Direct and effective. Divine Intervention. Either the spontaneous will of a deity (possibly in return for some favor), or the Cleric ability of the same ...

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Is D&D a suitable tool for fleshing out my own fictional world?
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Yes... D&D is a game of heroic fantasy. It's about fighting monsters, becoming more powerful, and looting cool stuff. If you see it through, you'll get a pretty cool story by the end. It's also ...

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Why can a Gnome grapple a Goliath?
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I'd like to take a different approach to answering this question: Numbers! Both races have the same limits on their strength, and athletics, but it's hard to imagine why. Presumably, this is to ...

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Is a 1st-level spell cast using a 4th-level slot a 1st-level spell, or a 4th-level spell?
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4th. PHB Page 201 says When a spellcaster casts a spell using a slot that is of a higher level than the spell, the spell assumes the higher level for that casting.

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What to do with a player who falsely claims My Guy Syndrome, so MGS handling doesn't work?
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It seems there are three distinct parts to this question. The player isn't following his character sheet RPGs are games. Games are played for fun. Something about the character as written on the ...

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How likely is success in Dungeon World?
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The result of a roll is a bit more complicated than just 2d6+mod. Some moves, such as Aid, Bolster, and some item effects, grant +N forward or ongoing. Others, such as Interfere or Conditions, provide ...

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From what items can a wizard learn his spells?
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Sources must be written in some form First, you glossed over this phrase: decipher and copy it. Copying something into a book, per standard English, typically means the source was written. I also ...

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Can a character Level Up twice in a row?
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In Dungeon World, moves are triggered by narrative, period. If a character has enough experience and can afford to spend "hours or days", then they can reflect on their experiences and hone their ...

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Can an Oathbreaker Paladin reform and choose a different Paladin subclass?
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Ask your DM Page 97 in the Dungeon Master's Guide defines the Oathbreaker. It also has an inset titled "Oathbreaker Atonement". It starts off with If you allow a player to choose the Oathbreaker ...

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Need way to physically track initiative in face-to-face D&D game
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My groups usually use a wet erase mat or a whiteboard as a battle mat (grid optional). We always write the names1 of the characters or monster identifiers in the initiative order on the mat itself. If ...

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Can a PC be a lich?
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As I understand it, there are two (arguably three) ways to become a lich. First, as you mention, the DMG's artifact Book of Vile Darkness has a sidebar that explicitly states The book could hold a ...

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Is a hand free to use a Gloves of Missile Snaring reaction if you used a bow during your last turn?
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The description of Two-Handed on PHB 147 reads: Two-Handed. This weapon requires two hands to use The PHB Errata clarifies: Two-Handed (p. 147). This property is relevant only when you attack ...

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How much can you communicate with your familiar?
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Your familiar understands you perfectly. You've already quoted nearly all relevant text in your answer. Telepathy (within range) communicates without necessarily using words, but the target (with int ...

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Do sorcery points have any value at level 2?
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You are basically correct There are two things you can do with sorcery points at level 2. First, as you noted, you can take your 2 given points and make a level 1 spell slot, totaling 4 for the day. ...

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Playing to find out "Why X" and not "Will X"?
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Foreword Remember that your job as GM is to follow your Agenda and Principles, even when doing behind the scenes stuff like this. So Fill their lives with adventure, ask questions and use the answers, ...

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Is There A Rule Variant Permitting Casters to Take Additional Cantrips In Place of Spell Slots?
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The most common ways to get cantrips are, as you mentioned, from your class and from feats. There are some other options available. Not all options are suitable for all campaigns or are compatible ...

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What makes a creature a Devil?
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A devil is formed/born when (MM 66, top paragraph) sending his servants to the mortal realm to corrupt the souls from which new devils are spawned So, answering about Rakshasas and Hell Hounds, ...

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Do I have to choose my character's name from the list?
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Technically, Yes. The rule in the book is pretty clear, as you quoted: Choose your character’s name from the list. You find the list that matches your race and class, then pick a name. On the ...

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How much will studying magic in an academy cost?
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Hirelings One quick and easy way to estimate this is with Hirelings (PHB 159). The chart indicates that a Skilled hireling costs 2gp/day, and the text says this: Skilled hirelings include anyone ...

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Does a Bard need to multiclass in order to use their Arcane Art?
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I think the crux of this issue is the ambiguous grammar of the clause weave a performance into a basic spell I can see two interpretations of this fragment. "I have a performance, and a basic ...

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Can a character dodge an attack that beats their Armor Class?
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No The D&D combat system assumes that you are running around, jumping pit traps, casting spells, and hitting people all while trying not to be hit yourself. The Dexterity component to AC already ...

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How does the game expect I handle the monk tropes vs typical adventuring tropes and needs?
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Welcome back to the game! I'd like to answer your question in two different parts: the mechanics and the ascetics. Mechanics I think there is a core misconception here: balanced against typical ...

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Are there price lists for magic items, such as the Bag of Holding?
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Simpler question first: the Bag of Holding is listed in the DMG page 153, as a "Wondrous item, uncommon". Wondrous item is its general category (as opposed to, say, armor or wand). The reason you can'...

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How does the Hydra work in Dungeon World?
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Let's start on page 221, under Elements of a Monster. Under HP, it says HP is a measure of how much damage a monster can take before it dies, at which point it flatly dies. Just below that, it ...

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