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This answer (to a question about a levitating character trying to catch an object that exceeds the spell's weight limit in D&D 2e) states that: The spell levitate has a maximum weight limit, ...

Are there established ways to send messages over long distances in the D&D world? Aside from carrier pigeons and the like, is there some magic Skype spell? What are the costs of such a spell? Is ...

True Polymorph: Getting the new form it easy - it's keeping this new form that's the trick. True Polymorph transforms creatures quasi-permanently, at least until one runs afoul of Dispel Magic or any ...

I can't seem to find any good resources on this. How old is the typical elf when they first have children? How many generations would typically be alive at one time from a single family? Is it in the ...

I'm writing my own D&D universe and there are two deities I've chosen from the official setting to incorporate: Lolth and the Cat Lord The Cat Lord seems to be depicted as a deity for the Tabaxi ...

IIRC someone released information publicly online in the last year or two enabling someone to publish an RPG product with the same look as standard late 1st / early 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & ...

I've heard that once you enter Ravenloft, you cannot leave. This is a bother for the planar adventurer who accidentally stumbles into that realm. Are there any ways to leave Ravenloft, in any edition ...

The 4th edition manuals for the Forgotten Realms setting talk about two separate planes, Abeir and Toril, being separated by the overgod Ao in a faraway past. The planes then swap some geographical ...

On the level of game mechanics, the classic D&D cleric melds the healer, the crusader and the witch/vampire hunter in one person. Is this a genuine D&D mish-mash or is there any cultural/...

Original D&D is often the shorthand name for the 1974 Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 1, Men & Magic, written by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The section on "Scope" has this quote: Number of ...

I love DnD 5e and do play it with my friends a lot, but of course I am not always right next to 3 or more other friends who happen to know how to play DnD (and if I am, I do not always have the time). ...

A fellow DM brought an interesting question to my attention. WE were looking at the wizard class and were wondering if technically the wizard can add spells from other arcane classes to his spellbook ...

As the title says, I want to know what was the best selling TSR Dungeons & Dragons module - no matter for what D&D edition - before Wizards of the Coast acquired TSR in 1997. I suspect it ...

In D&D 5th edition, Multiattack for creatures makes it so that all of its attacks are treated as a single action. As a result, one of the attacks cannot be used for grappling. So, for example, a ...

I've been out of the loop for a while, and I used to play AD&D 2nd ed, but today I find there are a lot of different versions that have fairly different gameplay. Can anyone summarize the really ...

We're playing a homebrew D&D 5e game in which the players will all be from an elven kingdom and I'm curious if different subraces of elf are capable of having children together. For example: ...

I'm in the process of designing a Megadungeon, and it seems like people run large dungeons like this using the theater of the mind to avoid giving the layout away and allow players to explore, get ...

I'm working on a homebrew tabletop RPG, based off of D&D since that's what I'm familiar with, and I am having trouble seeing the difference between an Enchanter and an Artificer. So here's my ...

I'm DMing a Forgotten Realms campaign online, and wanted to ask how people play music so everyone can hear. I'm looking for a site or application, possibly that I could integrate with Fantasy Grounds, ...

When I first started playing D&D, my DM did not use battlemaps or miniatures to describe combat. Everything was described to us, and questions to the DM were part and parcel of the experience, ...

In mythology, the gorgons were Medusa and her sisters; snake-like beings who petrified those who saw them. In Dungeons & Dragons, gorgons are bulls with metal scales and the ability to breathe ...

How and why has the concept of the "rogue" evolved over D&D's history? It seems that what the general perception of what people think of with a "rogue" or "thief" has changed drastically over the ...

I'm trying to figure out an appropriate word to describe a magical effect of unknown origin in a D&D game. I can't call it a spell or spell effect since it's not known whether the effect is caused ...

What are the differences between "Dragonborn", "Half-Dragon", and "Draconian" races in D&D? In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, for example there is a Half-Dragon npc. I had assumed that ...

Outside of D&D, whenever anyone thinks of a gnome, they are more likely to think of a "garden gnome" or (something along the lines of "David the Gnome"), not how they are presented in D&D. ...

Where does the modern D&D of a dwarf come from? I've noticed it's fairly far from the old Germanic concept of a dwarf. Where did Gary Gygax and company get the idea for the current long bearded, ...

I stumbled over the spell Sacred Flame, which instantly reminded me of a pyromancy of the same name that is featured in Dark Souls 3. A bit of wiki walking taught me that these two spells are very ...

So I'm a new GM, and I notice there's usually a problem with positioning, so I started drawing EXACTLY what happens on the map in combat for my players. Thing is it gets messy, annoying and time ...

I am delving into DM'ing a Drow campaign. Despite having read numerous novels and publications spanning from TSR to WotC to Paizo, I am now having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of their ...

I don't know if "sentient races" describes what I'm wanting to say, it probably doesn't. Let me explain, sometimes during my sessions I'm like: "And then, all humanity united to fight against the old ...

What I've read seems to suggest "no". I haven't found anything in the SCAG that suggests this as true. I'm aware that in Adventurer's league there was a reference guide for the monsters in Volo's ...

As I try really hard to always be improving my in-game persona through better roleplaying, one area I find difficult is when my abilities cause the GM to roll a saving throw. Are there any strategies ...

There are a lot of systems around nowadays that don't focus on combat, and that's great. But I was struck recently by the fact that D&D has always been, and remains, heavily oriented toward ...

Is there a way to automate D&D without losing the creativity? I played an Adventurers League game where the DM kept presenting the players with choices. For example on the "Day at the Races" ...

Can the different sub-races of a particular race interbreed, like a drow with a wood elf, or a hill dwarf with a mountain dwarf? If so, would the child be a half-subrace from each parent? Is this ...

Among players of various editions of Dungeons & Dragons, there is the idea that a deity's power, perhaps even existence, is derived from the number of people who worship them. A deity who gains ...

I'm building a campaign that includes the drow and read about the Crown Wars which has elements I'd like to include. In addition to pulling ideas from these articles I would like to know if any pre-...

After 30 years, a few of my friends and I finally managed to get together and play D&D. We've managed to play 2hrs once a week for the last 6 weeks. I unfortunately ended up being the DM. My ...

Browsing the D&D Beyond spell list it is clear that each spell has an associated symbol related to the spell's school: $$\require{HTML} \newcommand{\schsym}[2][]{ \style{ display: inline-...

The cantrip's description states you can make a sound that can be "your voice or someone else voice." could a spellcasting Kenku use it to speak regularly without mimickry?

Is it true that Hit Points in different editions mean different things in the game world? For instance, hit points are quite abstract concept in 5e: Hit points represent a combination of physical ...

I know this question has been asked on other forums, and I have heard some explanations, but I wondered if there was a source that could be cited (not the rule itself, rather an outside source that ...

Just curious, given how heavily from Tolkien D&D drew, and the fact that games like Wizardry used Hobbits, is there a good design reason why Gygax and company used Halflings (a term that also ...

Me and some friends are thinking of starting a D&D adventure, the problem is some of my friends already played D&D and some didn't... I will not be the DM (one of the experienced players will ...

The Zhentarim have according to the 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 22, chapter Factions and Organisations > Renown) the following ranks: “Fang (rank 1)” — Like the tooth “Wolf (rank 2)” — ...

What official "in-game" materials exist that allow back-and-forth travel of characters between different editions of D&D or between D&D and other gaming systems? Please note that I am not ...

I'm developing a small, system-agnostic setting, which will be published in several mediums (blog, PDF, and paper). I'd like to stat up several of the most unusual creatures for popular systems: D&...

Right now, we play D&D every other Saturday and spend between eight and eleven hours playing in one sitting. We usually take a break for food, but eat it at the gaming table (Our wives sometimes ...

I'm serching for wiki engine, preferably written on python(but is not necessary), with one specific feature - user should be able to insert the block on pages, which will be visible only for one user, ...

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...

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