How do I handle players that don’t care for the rules I put in place as the DM and question everything I do?

I am DMing a game of dnd 5e or close to it. It’s a homebrew campaign. We are mostly new to D&D with the exception of 2 players that play with other groups.

I have 2 players that seem to question everything I do as a DM and make the game hard to DM. One of the things they question is cantrips.

I had one of my players call my ruling stupid and log out. To put it into context I make my players roll to see if they can land the cantrip. 2 of my players have recently questioned why they have to roll at all and why it just doesn’t do what they believe it should do. But there is nothing in the rules about rolling and cantrips.

It was a cantrip called "mend" and he was trying to use it to repair his armor which had been broken. I made him roll to see how well he repaired it and he got a 2 so it didn’t repair much. He went behind my back and spoke to another player about how it was stupid and "that’s not how cantrips work" even though he was able to cast the spell, just not well.

I don’t want to just put my foot down and say "I’m the DM, what I say goes" but they won’t listen to my reasoning and just keep saying I’m wrong. How do I handle this situation? It’s getting to the point where I am considering stopping DMing all together.

What can I use in place of Fudge Dice? [closed]

If someone doesn’t have any fudge dice, what are the best methods to replace them and why?

Term: Fudge Dice are six sided dice with two sides labeled with a +, two sides with a -, and two sides that are blank. They are usually rolled in groups of four, and the + and – sides are added together to get a number between -4 and +4, with positive usually being better.

Is it legal to use the APIs of Meetup.com, Eventbrite etc, to aggregate their event data into one place, similar to Google?

I have a predicament. I’m trying to build a platform that will basically be a place where all events, online/offline, are listed.

Initially – my platform will obviously have zero events, because nobody knows about it. And for anyone to use it – there needs to be events on there – classic chicken and egg scenario.

My thought was to aggregate events on to my platform (and link to their source), whilst also allowing users to create events on MY platform. Eventually, I’d be able to not bother listing events from other sources if mine gains enough traction. So, I am definitely competing with these sites.

Google is pulling data from many different events sources, and displaying it on their pages like so – https://www.google.com/search?q=events+in+london+meetup&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUA720GB740&oq=events+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l3j69i60l3j69i65l2.4289j1j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;events&rciv=evn&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiYtuPx2bLuAhU3REEAHaRkCZ0Q5rwDKAJ6BAgNEA4&sxsrf=ALeKk03Uj9jeI8lTj0__V-UWcgcv_pdFew:1611427139353#htivrt=events&htidocid=L2F1dGhvcml0eS9ob3Jpem9uL2NsdXN0ZXJlZF9ldmVudC8yMDIxLTAyLTAzfDE2ODA2NzEwNzgyNjAxNDg4MTQ2&fpstate=tldetail

The difference is, Google, I assume (?), is probably scraping the data rather than using APIs.

In the Meetup API Terms, it states:-

"Not use the Meetup API for any commercial purpose without the express written consent of Meetup;

Not undermine our commercial interests or make unreasonable commercial uses of the Meetup API, such as by substantially replicating our Platform or significant aspects of the Platform, to be determined in Meetup’s sole discretion;

While you may charge for any application you develop (subject to Meetup’s consent), you may not sell, lease, or sublicense the Meetup API;"

I know aggregating is a bit of a legal grey area but I wanted to ask for opinions on whether or not this would be legal, and if not – how the hell do I get any traction and users without having any content?

Note: This is in the UK.

Any good place to review/workshop homebrew for 5e? [closed]

So, I’ve been doing a homebrew campaign for awhile now and some of my players are starting to suggest I look into publishing some of the stuff on places like dmsguild, but I’m not persuaded any of my stuff is ready for that. In the meantime, are there any good sites or forums where I could share subclasses and such, not for specific questions but general opinions or feedback?

Any suggestions are much appreciated and have my thanks in advance.

Why is there no place for Will on Nobilis 3rd edition character sheet?

Reading the Nobilis 3rd edition book, I noticed the character sheet at the end does not include any place to write the current Will of the character.

I understand that Nobles will still use mortal actions when they want to keep a low profile or are our of their Estate properties.

Was it forgotten? Or for some reason maybe it is not necessary?

Can two mages cast Wall of Fire in the same place?

I’ve been playing D&D for a long time but I’ve never encountered this situation until now. If a party has a wizard and a sorceress who both know Wall of Fire, can they cast it in the same place? Say most of the enemies are standing in a big conga line and it’s clearly one of the best spells to take them out. The mages happen to come one after the other in the turn order.

The description of Wall of Fire says:

When the wall appears, each creature within its area must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, a creature takes 5d8 fire damage, or half as much damage on a successful save.

One side of the wall, selected by you when you cast this spell, deals 5d8 fire damage to each creature that ends its turn within 10 feet of that side or inside the wall. A creature takes the same damage when it enters the wall for the first time on a turn or ends its turn there. The other side of the wall deals no damage.

Do the enemies standing in the area of effect take damage from each of the spells when they are cast? If they end their turn in the double fire wall, do they take 5d8 damage from each caster? For instant spells like Acid Splash it makes sense to me that the damage is applied with each cast, even if it is the same type. But if it’s a continuous area of effect like Cloud of Daggers (PHB, p. 222), do the damages stack?

Would there be a problem to incorporate Pathfinder-2e’s “Step” action in place of DND 5e’s “Disengage” action?

Pathfinder’s Step:

You carefully move 5 feet. Unlike most types of movement, Stepping doesn’t trigger reactions, such as Attacks of Opportunity, that can be triggered by move actions or upon leaving or entering a square. You can’t Step into difficult terrain, and you can’t Step using a Speed other than your land Speed.

DND 5e’s Disengage:

If you take the Disengage action, your Movement doesn’t provoke Opportunity Attacks for the rest of the turn.

My intention would be to create for DND 5e something like:

If you take the Step action, you can move 5 feet to an unoccupied space not in difficult terrain without triggering any opportunity attacks.

As Disengage applies for a creature’s full movement, I think giving the creature an extra 5 feet of movement when taking the Step action makes up for the loss. This would of course apply for NPCs and PCs, so I don’t see this giving an unfair advantage to one group over the other, except for maybe those with the ability to disengage as a bonus action, like Goblins or Rogues; switching that for the Step action about may be a slight nerf to the class/creature/race.

I find the Pathfinder Step makes more sense than the DND Disengage, as I can’t make sense of Disengage working for more than the enemies directly threatening the character: a creature that takes the disengage action could then run there full movement, potentially avoiding a dozen or more attacks.