This evening while playing Wardens of the Newborn Forge in a home game, my wizard cast Rope trick, and now the party is hiding up in their extra dimensional space. We have of course pulled up the rope to give us a safe and secure hiding spot. It was a fun evening.
Curious I decided to look up the text of the Rope Trick spell. I noticed the line " the rope cannot be removed or hidden".
I looked in the 3.5 description of the spell and it read "creatures in the space can pull the rope up into the space, making the rope "disappear.".
So for our game, I guess this means we can't pull up our rope. Any creature watching by will see the rope hanging from nothing and investigate. This makes the spell seem to be functionally useless, or at least, no longer useful as a safe hiding place.
I wonder 1 ) why did the designers decide to change the spell so you can't pull up the rope into the extra dimensional space.
and 2) what can the spell now be used for.
What are your thoughts?