SevenSidedDie
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What events in Forgotten Realms lore marked transitions from one edition to another?
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You've found them all. The Forgotten Realms was first published for AD&D 1st edition. When 2nd edition came out, the change in spells and available classes was explained through the Godswar aka ...

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Does an air elemental's whirlwind throw creatures horizontally, or vertically as well?
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They are thrown “away”: horizontally. Otherwise it would say “up into the air” and remind you to apply fall damage as well, and it doesn’t. If the target hits another creature after less than 10 feet, ...

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Can I use Pact Magic spell slots gained on a short rest to gain sorcery points?
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Yes, Flexible Casting doesn't specify where the spell slot comes from, just that you expend one to gain points. This means that you can expend a spell slot that you have from Pact Magic to satisfy its ...

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Are melee combatants limited to standing around saying "I attack"?
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Imagine you have a friend who roleplays in Second Life. There are all kinds of emoting macros there to supplement the textual channel they use to weave their stories. Now put that person on the stage. ...

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What sort of cheat sheets for a new DM lead to a better flowing 5e game of Dungeons and Dragons?
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Effective cheat sheets are typically made one of two ways: A game designer makes educated guesses based on their inside knowledge, and arranges that material on an officially-published GM Screen ...

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Are there critical hits for spells?
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Yes! Attack rolls for spells are attack rolls, per the page you cite (PHB p. 194 ), so spell attacks can score a critical hit. Whether you're striking with a melee weapon, firing a weapon at range, ...

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Running a game of Microscope that isn't totally insane?
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Theme is very important, but is only one dial you have at your fingertips. A serious theme makes for a serious game, but not all themes that are interesting are inherently serious. For neutral themes, ...

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Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM
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I'm currently struggling with this because I'm getting into Glorantha, which is one of the Big Three settings (Tékumel and Hârn are the other two). The Big Three dwarf even settings typically ...

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Spoilt for choice: helping traditional-system players adapt to narrative-control games
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Play a session or two of Roll For Shoes. Like an improv exercise, it will shake out your narrative muscles and make you stretch them a bit in a gaming context where it's ok to do the "wrong" ...

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Limitations on the Conjurer's Minor Conjuration ability
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"Damage" isn't damage If you have to put "damage" in scare quotes, it's not damage. Dipping a quill in ink doesn't damage ink, it just moves it about. Conjuring a weapon Using a ...

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When you get extra turns or dash actions, can you go faster?
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A character can use Dash multiple times, given the actions to feed them. The Speed limit doesn't prevent multiple Dash actions and using their granted movement, as exceeding your Speed in a defined ...

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Do creatures with Legendary Resistance know what they're making a saving throw against when they choose whether to use it?
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It's not automatic, no. For anyone, figuring out what that person over there is trying to accomplish while waving their hands around and chanting is an Intelligence (Arcana) check*: Your Intelligence ...

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What kind of license or ownership does uploading content to D&D Beyond grant WOTC?
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User content on D&D Beyond is open source Since the sale of D&D Beyond by Twitch to Fandom.com, the licensing situation has changed (or more accurately, been added to). The original Twitch/...

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How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?
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Before the start of your next turn. The Ready action specifies in its description that you can only hold your action until the start of your next turn. (PHB, p. 193) The notes about concentration and ...

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Do universal rules systems without any implied setting whatsoever exist?
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Yes, completely setting-agnostic games do exist. The trick is that all of the truly generic systems that have no implied setting manage to do it by either being very rules-light about how tasks are ...

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Where do adventurers keep all their stuff?
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Assuming, as you've requested, that "that's boring, don't track it" is off the table, then yes, your intuition is right: this is a logistics problem. And to the contrary, it is the bread and ...

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Do effects with the duration of one minute end at the beginning or the end of your turn?
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All effects with a fixed duration measurable in rounds end just before the beginning of one of your turns. (Otherwise, their duration would be too short to be a full round, or a full 2 rounds, etc.) ...

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What's the Constitution saving throw DC for a 200°F room?
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As a DM, you have the authority to set DCs and other things and the game was designed expecting you to use this responsibility: Many unexpected things can happen in a D&D campaign, and no set ...

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Do the ideas that support the Suggestion spell persist after the end of the spell?
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No, twice over. Believing something is not a course of action and suggestion is incapable of implanting beliefs. Suggestion can't suggest mental conditions or states, only activities. Even if it could,...

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Does Absorb Elements give you resistance to damage from the triggering attack?
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That's the interpretation that makes sense, yes. Since there is no demarcation between fluff and crunch in spells, the whole spell effect is rules. The effect says that it lessens the effect of the ...

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I made yet another Homebrew, Quaxels, are they balanced?
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Maybe balance is not what you want This is a totally left-field answer, but that might be appropriate since so many of these race homebrew questions are too. So far, all of the homebrew races you’ve ...

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Can Programmed Illusion respond to its environs, or must it perform the same thing every time?
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Like a performance script The program referred to is just an ordered set of instructions. This is like a play and a bash script—in that bash with no input statements or system calls can’t have any ...

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Can permanency be dispelled when cast on a target other than yourself
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Permanency cast on others can be dispelled as normal Per the rest of the spell description: Spells cast on other targets are vulnerable to dispel magic as normal.

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Is this homebrew race, Oskin. balanced?
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Maybe balance is not what you want This is a totally left-field answer, but that might be appropriate since so many of these race homebrew questions are too. All of your homebrew races so far are very ...

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What are the major innovations in Dungeon World compared to D&D 3.5/Pf/4e?
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Dungeon World is an odd beast. If looked at through the lens of existing D&D experience, it doesn't look like anything different, and lots of its differences seem stupid. To really appreciate what ...

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What ability is needed for anticipating enemy actions?
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In AD&D 1st edition no such uncanny ability is available during character creation, and AD&D doesn’t allow players to just create new abilities for their characters. It’s not that kind of game....

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What happened to Eladrin? Did something make them unavailable to play?
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Eladrin were a core race in only one edition: D&D 4e. They’re not a core race in D&D 5e and in 5th they’re available as PCs only with DM permission. If you’re used to 4th edition, it might ...

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When running animated water as a creature, how can I get stats quickly?
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This cantrip only lets you direct water in an animation. It is not creating a animated construct—shape water is not animate object for water. You can make a horse, but it’s just water you are holding ...

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How can I identify which AD&D books are for which edition, given the seemingly inconsistent use of logos between editions?
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You can tell by the logos Those logos that are tripping you up aren’t 1st edition logos. They’re the new 2e logo introduced in 1995. By becoming familiar with both 2e logos, you can easily identify ...

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Which AD&D book contains the Cavalier, Acrobat, Barbarian, and other classes popularized by the cartoon?
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You're thinking of Unearthed Arcana, supplement first published in 1985: (source: boardgamegeek.com) Unearthed Arcana contained the Cavalier, Barbarian, and Thief-Acrobat, as well as new material ...

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