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  1. TaranTheWanderer

    D&D 5E Bard/Wizard Hybrid Class: The White Wizard

    In another thread, I brought up the 'White Wizard' archetype and I kind of lamented how 5e wizards don't really cover this. To me, a White Wizard would have access to minor healing and curing diseases etc... This is the purview of the cleric, druid and bard. Then I wondered about mixing class...
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    D&D 5E Inspiration mechanic

    A couple Inspiration mechanics. I see it used differently at different tables: in one game we don't use it at all, in another the DM gives it out like candy and, in a 3rd, we get it so unreliably that players tend to just horde it and/or forget about it. 1. I thought, to make it a bit more...
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    D&D 5E Boss Fight Advice

    As a finale of a campaign, one of the players is being transformed into a demon and will take on the party. It's supposed to be a fun 'what if'/alternate finish one-shot adventure but I need help balancing things. The player is a minotaur barbarian with Polearm Master, Sentinel and Great...
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    D&D 5E Movement in whirlpool control Water weird dash action issue

    We had an issue with The whirlpool part of Control Water: Whirlpool. This effect requires a body of water at least 50 feet square and 25 feet deep. You cause a whirlpool to form in the center of the area. The whirlpool forms a vortex that is 5 feet wide at the base, up to 50 feet wide at the...
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    D&D 5E Beyond the Witchlight tips and tricks for DM? Help needed

    Hi! My DM is running Beyond the Witchlight. Normally he homebrews stuff and hasn't run many modules. Are there any tips/trick/links/troubleshooting that any DMs who've run it can share? I've done a google search but I'm playing and can't read anything so I have no idea if they're good. I'm...
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    D&D 5E Counter-spelling, dispelling and multiple castings with magic items

    I'm curious about a few things: Question 1: An spell cast out of an item is an ACTION but is it counted as a spell, or an item activation action? For example, Item Activation: If I have a staff of the magi, can I use Firewall, using charges out of the staff and then cast Misty Step using my...
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    D&D 5E Dispelling Area Spells. How Does Targeting work?

    This almost never comes up, but how do you target a spell effect with dispel? Some are easy: A light spell on a rock has a specific point of origin. Haste is that dude running super-fast etc... Some are trickier: Stinking cloud has a 30 foot radius. Can I target any part of the radius or...
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    D&D 5E Simulacrum: Do charms effects and 'creature type' apply

    So, I'm on the side that simulacrum creates a construct that takes the stats of a creature. It's a spell. It's an illusion that looks like a creature. I'm in this debate that 'Creature Stats' Also includes 'Creature type'. What this means is: Simulacrum of a human can be: charmed...
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    D&D 5E Tracking Down Villains (Wizard techniques)

    I'm playing a 13th level Divination Wizard and we just finished a major plot arc and have 5 years to 'do stuff'. So, on top of tricking out my Wizard Tower, Scribing every scroll I've ever made, Finding a NEW AND IMPROVED body to possess with Magic Jar, I need to help the party track down a...
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    D&D 5E How does Arcane Lock work exactly?

    In a couple of games I've been playing, we have been using arcane lock as an offensive tool: Rush in to a room(usually from a window or door way - hopefully getting surprise) Cast arcane lock on a door (it could be the way we come in or it could be the door leading further into a place with...
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    D&D 5E The semantics of the spell Sending

    So.... 1. You must be FAMILIAR with the recipient. What does that mean? If I managed to get within 30 feet of someone and spoke to them, am I familiar with them? What if they were disguised? What if I scried them first? 2. The creature recognizes you as the sender (makes sense since you...
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    D&D 5E Plane shift. The Best save or suck spell?

    So, unlike the previous edition I've played, Plane Shift lets you target an unwilling person and put them permanently into a different plane. Essentially, it's a suped up Banishment spell that requires no concentration. And you get to choose the destination! Goodbye villain, go to the...
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    D&D General Magic Jar, Vecna and the sword of Kass.

    I ran into an interesting situation in a game. My character is using Magic Jar to possess a magic user whose soul was destroyed but whose body still lives. We found the Hand and the Eye of Vecna and Sword of Kass. What happens if you use a different body to use the Hand and Eye of Vecna and...
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    D&D General Brain Storming a Campaign idea

    I was playing in a game where we ran into a practically-immortal wizard who'd accidently trapped himself inside his own pocket dimension. He asked for help to escape. That got me thinking. I'm imagining some kind of catastrophe that happens. hundreds of thousands or millions will die. Then...
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    D&D 5E Magic Jar: is it a pc spell?(update 2, the continuing saga - how it's working for my character)

    If people haven’t guessed from a couple other threads I’ve posted, I have a wizard who is 11th. I’m waffling on spells. I’ve always loved magic jar as a spell, especially as a challenge for the PCs but I’ve never tried it AS an actual PC. Is it doable? What’s the best way to use it? my...
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    D&D 5E My Wizard Needs an Assistant! Who could it be?

    The DM has said that I will be acquiring an assistant of some sort and I get a bit of choice, based on backstory, what/who it could be. We're 10th and most of the rest of the party has followers. Backstory: My wizard is in his 90s but was 'cursed' into the body of a young boy by a powerful...
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    D&D 5E Find the Path. What? Why is this a 6th level spell?

    So, Find the Path. In 3e, this was a fairly situational spell but, in the right situation, it was very powerful. Take me to the barracks of the Fortress. Bring me to the Throne Room. Find the Centre of the Forest. You had to know a specific location and it brought you there, allowed you to...
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    D&D 5E Rogue’s Fast Hands and Manacles

    As a dm do you allow the ability for a rogue to with quick hands to clip manacles on someone? Do what kinds of penalties you you give? What kind of check is it? My Dm has been doing slight of hand vs athletics or acrobatics. The rogue, though, has expertise in slight of hand so it’s almost...
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    D&D 5E Can YOU Balance this Magic Item??

    Hey, just want to pool the hive mind. One of the players in our game is going to ask the dm for a custom magic item. We are looking to balance it. We are a 10th level party and the group barbarian wants a giant 'anime' sword. I'm not the DM, but the player was asking my opinion before...
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    D&D General Seeming, Non-Detection & True Sight

    Seeming is a suped up Disguise Self using an illusion to make you look like someone else. True seeing Is a divination that lets you see everything for what it really is. Non-detection makes you immune to being targeted by divination magic and perceived through scrying sensors. I've always...
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