SevenSidedDie
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What do I do when some players won't show up consistently?
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These are not players in your group. They are casual inconveniences that are making you regularly not play. They're not even apologetic inconveniences – they don't have even the consideration to ...

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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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Player is constantly drawing and scribbling at the table
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I play with a bunch of artists who are often sketching parts of the game during the session. There's one understanding we have somehow organically arrived at that makes it tenable: sharing is for ...

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Can a kenku wizard use Expert Forgery when copying a spell scroll into their spellbook?
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Your ruling is unlikely to break anything. However, the rules on their own (and the underlying fictional significance of the rules) appear to answer this with a No. The surface rules difficulty is ...

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Need to play D&D on a budget, at least for now
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They are all fun, so you don't need to worry any on that count. For cheap, you're in luck—Basic D&D 5th edition (the current edition) is free to download and play right now. Fifth edition is an ...

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Should the GM in Dresden Files be telling us what the target numbers are for thaumaturgy spells and skill checks?
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Yes. The books never explicitly say that the GM should or must tell the players the difficulty, but that's because it takes it for granted. (It really should say, because – as you point out – keeping ...

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How to kill a troll in D&D 3.5?
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D&D 3.x isn't a "rules only" game. If there's no reason within the game world to worry about the remains reanimating (like, "we have to burn them before the reinforcements arrive to drive us off"),...

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How do I remove a poorly-designed rule without my players feeling cheated?
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How do I tell the players "This house rule sucks and we shouldn't do it anymore?" That's exactly how you do it! Say, "This house rule sucks and I think we shouldn't do it anymore." If they object, ...

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At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?
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Before original D&D was published, but after its invention and they'd started playing it, the story I've heard is that a Dave Wesley found these odd dice in an educational supplies catalogue and ...

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Does a wolf have to hit in order to get the knockdown?
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The knockdown only happens on a successful hit. Everything between the attack name and “Hit:” is general to the attack; everything after “Hit:” happens only if the attack hits. This is detailed ...

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What to do with a mean Dungeon Master?
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All of you should leave and continue playing without this person. Someone so unreasonable as to laugh when everyone says they don't want them to DM anymore is not going to agree to anything that ...

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Players playing weird characters breaking the immersion of my group
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My experience resolving this is probably going to be unsatisfactory, because there was no happy ending. Sadly, it was the only solution that turned out to work. When we had a player that played "...

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What is the difference between giving advantage on a roll and reducing the DC?
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Just give advantage I’ll get to the math in a minute, but the math really should be moot: there is no guidance for altering DCs based on PC actions because the point of the advantage mechanic is to ...

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Can the Staff of Magi explode when it recharges?
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This is the difference between two different rules and a word choice: gain means something different from regain, and the Spell Absorption rules are separate from the recharge rules. At dawn the ...

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Am I allowed to cut away from the player characters to show things happening elsewhere?
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I've used this technique sparingly in the past. Sparingly, because There's only so much uninterrupted GM Storytelling Time™ that a table of your friends want to sit through. More than a few brief ...

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Dungeon World Leveling at level 10
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Yes, but it's more work than you'd think You could keep levelling, but the game starts breaking down. You start running out of moves that you can take and you rarely ever fail rolls because your ...

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How can I prevent characters from doing the impossible?
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It's impossible by the method given, so it doesn't happen (…yet). Dungeon World's rules allow any action to be attempted — not any goal. If a goal is declared without describing how it's accomplished, ...

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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?
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Ability score improvements are a class feature, and are only gained when the class level grants it. Different classes gain these advances at different levels (the Fighter is the clearest example of ...

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How fast does a character need to move to be effectively invisible?
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There is no such speed in D&D 5e. You will have to add it yourself. There is no speed in D&D 5e that causes spontaneous invisibility. Since you are deciding that there is such a speed, but D&...

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How unbalanced would a feat that allowed access to other spell lists be?
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Far, far too powerful. Normally, the way to do this is to take a level in the other class, with all the trade-offs involved and only getting the low-level spells until more levels are taken. This ...

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Does an ability or spell grant me the bonus action with which to use it?
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The way bonus actions work is: You can't take more than one bonus action per turn If using an ability/spell/whatever is done as a bonus action, you can do it (bearing in mind #1) So bonus actions ...

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What are turns and rounds and how long are they each?
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D&D 5e turns are completely different from AD&D turns, and only share the name. The AD&D meaning of “turn” as being ten rounds* in combat time (or ten minutes in exploration time) last ...

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How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?
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In a game where logistics and character death aren't core parts of play, putting pressure on them to keep logistics discussions to a minimum is necessary. "For every 5 minutes you spend planning ...

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Do I reset XP to zero on a new level?
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Your fellow player is wrong, and the book is right. You track total XP and never reset it to zero. This is the way it works in every version of Dungeons & Dragons.

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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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How do I keep a party together without railroading?
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In practice there is no good way to force them together. A little bit of it can help a little bit, but it only helps a little bit… and the more forcing you do, the less effective it becomes as the ...

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How much is 500 pounds of gems worth?
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There is no way to know how much they're worth, since value-per-weight depends on not only what kind of gems they are, but also on how much they're worth in the local economy. (If a small town had 500 ...

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What are the creative limits of Prestidigitation?
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A trinket is any small, showy item, typically a toy or a bauble, that catches the eye but isn't valuable. Yes, you can make any of the items from the section on trinkets on pages 159–61. However, ...

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What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?
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For things that are physically impossible, don't bother with dice. As DM, dice are for when the group needs to determine whether something happens that's probable but neither impossible nor guaranteed....

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What memories does your clone have when you die?
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Recall that the clone is inert before it's activated — it has no personality, memories, or abilities of any kind at that point. The paragraph about the clone's creation doesn't mention memories yet; ...

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