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dnd 5e – What ways are there to cast life restoring magic without paying monetary or valuable material costs?

There are a number of options…


Let’s go ahead and get this one out of the way. I’m not talking about using Wish to just Wish someone back from the dead, because that’s a “strenuous use of the spell” which would (per your opinion on Reincarnate, count as a Cost), simply use Wish’s ability to

duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don’t need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly components. The spell simply takes effect.

So, Wish for the 7th level spell Resurrection, and they’re alive at no cost beyond a 9th level Spell Slot. Alternatively, you may pre-empt the risk of death by Wishing for Clone spells for the whole party.

True Polymorph

You covered this in your question, Turn into a creature with component-free access to resurrection magic, such as a Planetar.

Divine Intervention

Like wish, this ability can do basically anything as long as your DM goes for it. Until you are 20th level, the odds of it actually working are fairly slim–but it offers a cost-free (apart from the cooldown) way to raise the dead.

Be Zealot Barbarians

If everybody in the party takes a 3 level multiclass Dip into barbarian and takes the Path of the Zealot subclass, they can acquire the following Class Feature

Warrior of the Gods
At 3rd level, your soul is marked for endless battle. If a spell, such as raise dead, has the sole effect of restoring you to life (but not undeath), the caster doesn’t need material components to cast the spell on you.

Acquire a Rod of Resurrection

This grants the following option:

The rod has 5 charges. While you hold it, you can use an action to cast one of the following spells from it: heal (expends 1 charge) or resurrection (expends 5 charges).

Spells cast through magic items do not consume material components (see here) This is, however, an edge case because…

The rod regains 1 expended charge daily at dawn. If the rod is reduced to 0 charges, roll a d20. On a 1, the rod disappears in a burst of radiance.

It can only be used to Resurrect once every 5 days, and has a 1/20 chance to vanish.

Scroll of (Rez Spell)

Scrolls require the expenditure of their costly material components when they are created. As long as someone else created the resurrection spell and the party acquired it for “free” in the course of adventuring, it’s a Free Resurrection. The same applies to Spell Gems.

Artifact with the proper Major Beneficial Property

One of the possible Major Beneficial Properties of an Artifact is…

While attuned to the artifact, you can use an action to cast one 4th-level spell (chosen by the DM) from it. After you cast the spell, roll a d6. On a roll of 1–5, you can’t cast it again until the next dawn.

There are versions of this property for spells up through 7th level, and there are several life-restoring spells that would fit into that range.

Convince something to do it

If you can locate a creature capable of raising the dead without components, then social skills may be able to persuade them to do it. For example, casting Plane Shift (or Gate) to go visit somewhere with Celestials and Persuading, Deceiving, or Intimidating them into doing it.

Mind Effecting Magic

If you can locate a creature capable of raising the dead without components, there are all kinds of mind effecting spells that can “convince” them to help. Suggestion or Charm Monster on the lower end, Dominate Monster on the higher end. You will have to work fast with these, as Charm Monster and Dominate Monster have a Duration that’s the same as the casting time of most Resurrection Magic.

dnd 5e – What ways are there to cast resurrection magic without paying material costs?

An example of a method which gives the party access to free resurrection magic is casting True Polymorph to become a Planetar. Planetars can cast Raise Dead 3/day without paying the material cost.

This is not a duplicate of Are there any spell casters that can cast life giving spells without ‘expensive’ components? because I believe there are more methods of getting access to free resurrection than simply being these spellcasters. Also, the methods by which players gain access to those spellcasters may not exist within the system and may need the story to provide them.

What ways exist for a party of adventurers to get access to free resurrection?

performance – I am looking for ways to decrease runtime and ram usage

I am looking for ways to improve runtime and decrease ram usage.

# updates list length (length3) is aprox 1728000, this whole code block is in a while true loop so I can pause the code and update it over time.
  while True:
    for u in range(1,1001):
      with open('update_storage.txt', "a") as file: # update storage is a file to load chunks that are then added to the main file, decreasing ram usage
        for g in range(1,500):
          if (g % 100)==0: # only prints the next stuff every 100 times it runs through the loop, decreasing runtime
            print("adding to file...")
            print ("chunks loaded: "+str(u-1)+"/100")
            print("total loaded: "+str((g+((u-1)*500))*chunks)+"/"+str(length3))
          if ((g+((u-1)*500))*chunks)<=length3: # checks index isn't out of range
            file.write("n"+update(((g-1)+((u-1)*500))*chunks)) # adds certain index of update to update storage
      with open('update_storage.txt', "r") as file: # gets update storage to add to main file
      with open('update_storage.txt', "w") as file: # clears update storage
      with open('main_file.txt', "a") as file: # adds l (stuff from update storage) to main file
    if int((g+((u-1)*5))*chunks)>=int(length3): # checks if index is out of range

I will update this code as it is improved

cyberpunk red – Ways to run net runners that doesn’t monopolize time?

We have started a cyberpunk red game and one of our party is a net runner. However we have found the game slows down while he is doing his thing. It doesn’t seem to be the players or GM’s fault; it is just the nature of the mechanics of hacking to allow us access to somewhere, get information out, turn off alarms or cameras or take control of the systems.

It can result in a 10-15 min break while the GM and Netrunner make all the various rolls and decisions. If there are 3-4 hacking attempts in a session this can eat up slot of time. It isn’t just us that feel this the GM and Netrunner are also conscious of the fact.

Is there a way to streamline this at all? Our netrunner has suggested writing an app linked to roll 20 that the GM can use to set up hacking challenges so the net runner can then sit and do it by himself while the GM carries on with the rest of us. But are there any suggested mechanics or ways to speed up net running?

Top Ten Ways to Save on VPS Hosting (and a Bonus Eleventh Way)

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In today’s marketplace, there are many options for the consumer looking to buy a Virtual Private Server (VPS).  You can buy from some of the biggest companies on the planet all the way down to one man bands.  There’s also a wide range of prices, and in this article we’ll look at ways to save on hosting and reduce your monthly bill.

Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are the biggest public clouds and they sell to everyone from Fortune 100 companies to students.  These clouds are robust, managed by professionals, jam-packed with API features, and offer an astonishing range of features and options.  However, they’re also among the most expensive choices.  One of the key reasons is that they charge by the gigabyte for bandwidth.  Many providers bundle a generous amount of bandwidth with their VMs, but the big public clouds charge by the gigabyte.

For example, if you buy a $5/mo VM at Digital Ocean, Vultr, or Linode, you’ll get 1TB of bandwidth included.  At Amazon AWS (On Demand), you would get only the first 1GB free.  After that, you pay 9 cents per GB (as of this article), which means that 1TB will cost you (999 * .09 =) $89.91!  And that’s without even paying for the VM itself.  Now it’s true that inbound bandwidth is free, but for typical use cases (such as web servers), you send much more data out than in.

Big public clouds certainly have their role but if you don’t need their advanced API capabilities, you can find much cheaper options elsewhere.

This is a slight contradiction to #1.  Some of the big providers offer a free tier where you can try out their services for a year with no charge.  For example, Amazon Free Tier will let you run a micro-sized VM with 30GB of block storage for free for a year.

Be aware there are some important limitations:

  • Typically only a small amount of bandwidth is included.  For Amazon, this is 15GB a month.  You’ll be on the hook for any overages.
  • Free CPU usage is capped.
  • After one year, you’ll need to shut off your server or be charged at normal rates.

Still, you can’t beat the price and for some use cases, a small micro is perfect.

Many providers will let you cancel at the end of your term with no fees.  So if your billing cycle renews on the 30th of the month and you cancel on the 30th, you owe nothing further.  Some will simply shut off your server if you don’t pay the bill and it’s common for customers to just walk away when they’re done.

But this is not true of all hosts!  Some require advance notice (e.g., 30 days’ notice) and some require that you positively act to cancel your server.  Some will go on charging you until you do this, and more than one has been known to send delinquent accounts to collections in your home country.  It’s your responsibility to read and understand what you’re signing up for.

If you like a provider and they have a proven track record, see if they offer annual terms.  For example, some providers will charge a monthly fee but only charge 10 months if you pay by the year.  So if your VM is $10/month then you’re only paying (10 * $10 = 100 / 12 = ) $8.33 a month if you pay on an annual basis.

On the other hand, if the provider does not have a proven track record or you haven’t used them for very long, do not sign up for a year’s service.  Imagine you see a tempting discounted offer and jump in at $5/mo and pre-pay on a 12-months-for-10 deal, so your cost is $50, or $4.17 a month.  Over the next couple months you experience frequent downtimes, network problems, and poor service, and to top if off the host refuses to refund your money.  Now you need to go sign up with a more respectable host at perhaps $7.50 a month.  But your real cost now is $11.67 a month because you have dead money tied up in a service you can’t use.

If you live in Chicago, it seems logical to start looking for a VPS in Chicago.  For game servers where you’re playing with local friends, this makes perfect sense.  But if you’re serving web pages, consider looking beyond your neighborhood.  Not long ago I was looking for some shared hosting and saw a great offer on LEB.  The provider hosts in London, UK, whereas I live in the Western US.  However, what I was hosting was low-volume shared content.  For the average visitor, a half-seconds’ latency would make zero difference to their experience and the savings were significant.

Many hosts have affiliate rewards programs, where if a new subscriber uses your affiliate code at the time of signup, you get a small credit.  If you frequently participate on forums, refer friends, etc. then you should always share the signup link with your affiliate code included.  Over time, you may earn a few free months of hosting with little effort on your part.

LowEndBox posts offers every week from hosts hungry for new customers.  Virtual servers, shared hosting, dedicated servers, VPNs, and CDNs are all frequently featured.  If you don’t see anything in the current offerings, search the past postings.  You can always reach out to a host with a pre-sales ticket to see if they’ll honor an old offer or make you a new one.  Hosts advertise in many places but LowEndBox should always be on your short list of places to check when you’re looking with a budget.

LowEndTalk is our sister site and discussion forum.  Some hosts post offers on LEB and LET, but some only post on LET.  It’s always worth checking LowEndTalk’s offers section.

“Black Friday” is a retail event in the US and other countries held on the day after Thanksgiving in which stores put their wares on deep discount.  The “black” part of this comes from the tradition that retailers run at a loss all year long but starting on this day, their accounting moves from red (used to indicate losses) to black (profit).  On LowEndTalk, there is an annual tradition of a 24-hour thread where providers share fantastic deals.  Often providers will release a limited stock for this thread, so it pays to get in early and watch the thread all day long.  Just be careful not to buy too much!

You can get $50 in hosting credit at DigitalOcean, sufficient to run a 1GB RAM VM for 10 months, for free as part of the GitHub Student Developer Pack (which also comes with many other very nice freebies).  DO also offers free credit to anyone with a 60-day limit, but if you’re a student looking for a VM, the GitHub SDP is a better deal.





I’m Andrew, techno polymath and long-time LowEndTalk community Moderator. My technical interests include all things Unix, perl, python, shell scripting, and relational database systems. I enjoy writing technical articles here on LowEndBox to help people get more out of their VPSes.

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In what ways site administrators can detect incoming CSRF attacks?

You implement a CSRF token on every vulnerable form. When there is a CSRF error, it is logged, so you “detect” it (do note that it might be a false positive, such as having cleared the cookies). If you protect from CSRF attacks, I don’t think it would be woth preparing such attack, as it won’t work.

You might do some checks based on Referer header, which could allow you to detect certain CSRF attacks. Although that depends on the browser and settings, if there’s no referer header (which could be suppressed by the attacking page on modern brower) you would receive no information.