Joel Harmon
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Is there any class+subclass combination which can use divination spells but doesn't rely on magic for combat?
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Roland's Character Sheet Roland's core concept is Knows no actual magic whatsoever Melee fighting, including stakes for heart-staking and blades for decapitation Has the chutzpah and temerity to ...

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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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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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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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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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Are children reincarnated as adults?
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Yes As noted in the question, the spell states a new adult body Since spells do what they say they do, a child would get an adult body. But so would an adult. I believe the key ramification is the ...

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What is the best way to help a new player join a mid-level party?
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Goals First, consider what you're trying to determine. Here are some suggestions: Is the player comfortable with the game, DM, and other players, enough to enjoy playing? Is the player comfortable ...

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When were Orcs changed from lawful evil (as in AD&D 2e) to chaotic evil (as in D&D 5e)?
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When it changed: Third Edition Older editions In the beginning, Orcs were either Chaotic or Neutral. (Men and Magic, page 9, 1974). (In contrast, Goblins were only Chaotic, Men could be Lawful, ...

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Is there a Monk or Fighter subclass similar to the Black Butler character?
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Way of the Sun, err, Dark Soul Note: I'm unfamiliar with that character, so I'm going based only on the question The Way of the Sun Soul is available in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide and Xanathar'...

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How to handle friendly NPC treasure
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Follow the Rules There is a section in the DMG on page 244 titled "Social Interaction" which covers this exact situation. I recommend you read it, but I'll provide two summaries here. Short ...

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How does it affect the game if PCs have lower maximum HP?
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Defenses A glaring omission from your original question is armor. One of the several reasons the 16HP dragon is so much more difficult than the other monsters is its whopping 5 armor. If your average ...

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Avoiding all or nothing on "short-lived" partials
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Context Remember to start with your Agenda, such as fill the characters' lives with adventure, and follow up with your Principles, such as begin and end with the fiction, think dangerous, and ask ...

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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 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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Dealing with a difficult player who's uninterested and disruptive, as a player
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First, I'd advise figuring out what brings this player to the table and what they expect to get out of the game. To that end, try going over these two links with him in mind. Same page tool 8 ways to ...

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Establishing bonds with NPCs
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This will be fine, but may be unnecessary Check the rules There are a few rules you should be sure you're following before suggesting this rules change. A player may have more than one bond with the ...

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Can a character take on additional backgrounds, or at least their benefits?
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No and Yes No, a character cannot replace their backstory. It's already happened, so it wouldn't really make sense for them to lose the benefit. Yes, there are non-background ways to get most of ...

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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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What does "2 HD of creatures" for the spell Banishment mean?
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Page 224 covers Hit Dice The term "Hit Dice" is defined synonymously with "character levels"for effects that affect a specific number of Hit Dice of creatures. Creatures with Hit Dice only from ...

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How can I stop myself from micromanaging other PCs' actions?
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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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How can I calculate the sum of 2 random dice out of a 3d6 pool in AnyDice?
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I don't know much about AnyDice, but here's how I would Calculate this in Python from collections import defaultdict as dd result = dd(int) for x in range(1,7): for y in range(1,7): for ...

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Where can I find mechanics to manage a character's career/advancement within an organization?
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The book Rise of Tiamat may help I'll avoid details below, but there is necessarily a structural spoiler. One aspect of this campaign is unifying disparate interests. Those interests can be groups ...

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Dungeon World: can a Druid multi-class through Ranger to Wizard?
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Yes Your logic seems sound. There are some caveats and gotchas to this. You can take the animal companion earlier, but the Special Trick has to be taken at level 6 or higher Your Wizard level counts ...

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My Druid wants to transform into a blink dog. How do I rule this?
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You missed one Druids do have two moves that expand their repertoire This is false. Druids also have the move Studied Essence (page 105), which reads: When you spend time in contemplation of an ...

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What is the earliest level that a player character can gain access to a wish spell?
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Level 3 if you're extremely lucky There are two main ways to get this: cast it yourself, or have someone else cast it. To cast it yourself, you could either wait for 17th level, or try to acquire a ...

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Is there an official way to add Simulacrum to a sorcerer's spell list besides the Wish spell?
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Ask Your DM (Nicely) The DM is allowed to change some (read: all) of the rules as they see fit. On page 287, there is a subsection titled Changing Spell Lists. By simply asking your DM, they may ...

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Where are the rules for crafting Skill Enchantment bonus items?
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The Table I believe the table you're looking for is Table 7-33 Estimating Magic Item Gold Piece Values on PHB 285. The two rows you're interested in are \begin{array}{l|l|l} \textbf{Effect} & ...

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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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What happens if you cast Find Familar as a 9th-level spell?
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Likely nothing significant DMG page 201 states Casting a Spell at a Higher Level When a spellcaster casts a spell using a slot that is of a higher level than the spell, the spell assumes the higher ...

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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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