Homebrew is the creation of one's own rules systems, or material for an existing system. (Note that soliciting ideas for homebrew is off topic for the site.) Not to be confused with the [house-rules] tag.

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How do I tell if a Homebrew Race is balanced properly?

I recently created a homebrewed pair of related races based on Steven Universe (a Gem and Half-Gem race), but I could not tell how properly balanced they were. According to The Race builder they ...
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NPC in a homebrew solo adventure [closed]

So I'm creating a solo adventure to test out my DMing skills (which are probably terrible), and the player is playing a Tiefling Druid. I wanted to create a long-standing NPC who will join her for a ...
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Custom Druid Circle of Fire

I'm looking to create a custom druid circle - one of fire, as I'm making a solo campaign and they wanted to be able to be a fire druid essentially. These are the spells I've chosen; Druid Circle - ...
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How do legendary and/or lair actions affect the CR of a creature I am creating?

I want to create a "boss and minions" encounter for my low-to-mid-level party, and I love the idea of legendary and lair actions as a way to give the encounter an appropriately "epic" feel. Problem ...
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Is my homebrew lower-powered Lich's CR calculated correctly?

I created a "Lesser Lich" so my party would be able to fight something interesting in the story I have. In my game, a lich undergoes development changes the first time it "ascends(descends) to ...
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Is a feat allowing Large weapon use balanced? [closed]

I'm making a Barbarian Goliath for a game coming up for D&D 5e. These questions have probably come up a lot, but without any real consensus. Basically, my goal is to have my Goliath wield a Large ...
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mundane magical items [closed]

I am GMing a homebrew campaign using D&D 5e. This is a world where magic is rather accessible and most cities will have a number of people making magical items. The problem is that I dont want ...
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What kind of creature is a pre-Medusa?

In the 5e Monster Manual Medusa entry, it notes that before turning into a Medusa creatures live "like a demigod among mortals," and they possess "physical beauty, restored youth, immortality, and the ...
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Would an Acid Erosion spell be Transmutation or Evocation?

I've been creating a few Spells for D&D 5E recently and wanted to fill the gap of lacking Acid spells for one of my Black Dragonborn players. I wanted to compose a spell that involved the caster ...
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Is a 2d4 natural attack broken at level 1?

For a setting I'm creating, I have an optional rule where dragonborn may possess claw attacks in addition to their breath attack. To wit: This attack does 1d4 slashing damage as an attack action. ...
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How should I implement a matador's cape used as a shield? [closed]

The first thought I had upon reading about the Swashbuckler from Unearthed Arcana: Waterborne was to create a matador. Unfortunately I was unable to find (after searching through the DMG, MM, and PHB) ...
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What legal issues will I have with copying themes and ideas from existing RPG's?

So I've ben building a tabletop RPG for quite a few years, gone through all the mechanics, we have a timeline laid out for doing a TON of playtesting (individually, local friends, local game stores, ...
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How do I create a custom monster to challenge my lvl 8-9 party? [closed]

I have been running a campaign now for roughly six months (we meet up twice a month). I currently have my party hunting for 5 dwarvish bells to bring a part of a floating city down to collect it the ...
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How much does Petrification Ray modify a monster's CR?

I'm working on a custom monster right now and I want to give it a Petrification Ray, as seen on the Beholder, as an action: Petrification Ray. The targeted creature must make a DC (8+Spellcasting ...
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How do you level an atypical Follower?

In my last game (and also my first game as a DM), one of my players earned the loyalty of a Giant Goat (MM pg 326) by freeing it from its cell, avenging the death of its brothers by slaying a bridge ...
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Is this “Master of Masks” homebrew Bard archetype balanced?

I have a player who is running a bard with the Master of Masks archetype, a homebrew found online. It allows a player to spend 8 hrs and 100 gp to create a mask they can wear that grants them ...
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Are these homebrew magic items balanced at low levels?

I was thinking about throwing in two "home made" magic/special items for when my players go up to level two this weekend but I'm not sure if it would be at risk of being unbalanced because I was ...
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Is a custom race with an armour bonus based on two ability score modifiers imbalanced?

I'm rolling my own races in D&D 5th Edition. As part of that I was thinking of introducing a racial trait modeled after the Monk's Unarmored Defense trait (with no shield bonus). The race is ...
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How to design and balance a homebrew magus spell that adds +1d6 elemental damage to a weapon? [closed]

I am working on creating a magus spell. The spell level will be 1st or 2nd (since thats the highest the character can cast). The DM of the game is fresh to this position, and I am new to creating ...
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Is this Orc and Hobgoblin hybrid well balanced?

I've been thinking on creating a very specific NPC for the E6 game I'm running. This NPC would be a male barbarian, a hybrid between an Orc and a Hobgoblin, perhaps with advanced age. There is no ...
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Incorporating Burning Wheel style beliefs into a Pathfinder campaign

I've lately been having some troubles with players feeling somewhat directionless in my long-running Pathfinder campaign (and have received some excellent advice from rpg.SE on that front). When ...
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Will allowing all (spell-casting) classes to cast all spells be unbalanced? [closed]

I'm homebrewing a new setting with attendant rule changes. According to the setting all magic comes from the same source. So I was thinking that it might make sense, if wizards were able to case cure ...
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How could I play a Half-Dwarf Half-Elf?

Half-human half-elf is a race mentioned in the D&D handbook. Is there also a half-dwarf half-elf combination? And would that be common? If it doesn't exist, how could I create the stats for it ...
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Is this Flying Monkey familiar overpowered?

I am DMing a game with my niece, whose character is a 2nd level Wizard. In our last session she acquired the find familiar spell which she copied into her spell book and then wanted to cast to summon ...
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Archetypes packages - how to create your own?

The archetype packages are a sort of "alternative" for the typical archetypes in Pathfinder. In my game table, we continuously creating new archetypes (not necessarily "balancing") and the option of ...
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Making a PC race that is ridable? [closed]

I've got a world I'm making with unique races that I'll be using to play with close friends that would like to be able to cooperate with each other more in game. I definitely am leaning towards ...
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Making new/altered animals or monsters

I've been looking everywhere and just cannot find a way to create new animals. Yes I know the DM guide has a section on giving monsters powers and CR and stats but there is no statistic guideline for ...
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Druid that is by default in beast form?

So I'm a fairly new DM but I try really hard to figure out some way for my players to create and play the characters that they want. One of my players really has his heart set on being a druid who is ...
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Homebrewing a small character with a heavy weapon

So, as per D&D 5E rules, a small character has disadvantage when using a heavy weapon to attack. As DM, would there be some condition I could come up with, to allow a small character to wield a ...
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How should one handle tournament jousting? [closed]

I'd like to run a jousting tournament within a D&D game as a nonlethal (but nevertheless dangerous) sporting event, rather than as an actual combat. Specifically, two mounted contestants with ...
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Using an Improvised Spellcasting Focus

This question is a companion to this one that focused on crafting an improvised spellcasting focus. Here I wish to focus on using such an improvised focus. If a caster typically uses a spellcasting ...
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How can I homebrew a more priestly divine caster?

I'm going to DM a new D&D 5e campaign soon, and a player wants to play a priest that's more like how they are in World of Warcraft Priest—focused on healing and spiritual matters rather than a ...
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Is there a guide for hombrewing balanced magic items?

The D&D 5e DMG has a list of magic items which is not sorted, and besides for artifacts and the like, it has no guideline for homebrewing magic items. Most important for me is that both me and my ...
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Is homebrewing D&D okay?

I am DMing for the first time, and I am really excited about playing D&D. I love the idea of it because it is so open ended. I want to increase the amount the players can do in terms of skills, ...
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Is this custom Sniper Crossbow magic item correctly priced?

I have created this custom Sniper Crossbow, but I'm very bad at judging how it shhould be priced so I'm asking for some feedback. Is this overpowered/underpriced? Sniper's Crossbow This +1 ...
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How strong are raw charisma bonuses?

I am designing a few edges for my custom setting at the moment, and the question came up about how strong certain bonuses should be. I have designed two edges that give a flat bonus to charisma. I ...
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What is the Challenge Rating of this custom “Volcanic Dragon”?

I came across the sheet of a super awesome Volcano Dragon, custom made for D&D 5e by someone much more experienced than me. I wanted to use that sheet, but we play 3.5e instead of 5e, so I had to ...
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Here is a D&D-5e race I made, is it mechanically balanced with other PC races currently available? [closed]

I recently had a Player Character of mine ask if he can play as a "Giant" if he dies. After asking specifically what he wanted this was his wish list: Able to carry "more" Able to reach "farther" ...
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What is the effect on a creature's CR if it can choose to hit on a miss?

Background: We're playing a high-powered god-centric game where players are direct agents of gods of a pantheon I created. For the next session, I want to surprise them and throw in a couple of ...
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What are the consequences of casting with an attribute instead of a skill?

Please note that we are using the Gentleman's Edition Revised (german edition, as far as I heard it contains some small things the english version doesn't) of Savage Worlds. The setting is a modern ...
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Is this a solid application of customizing classes as outlined in Unearthed Arcana for a new class named Necromancer?

This class uses the information provided in Unearthed Arcana on modifying classes. The Premise I wanted to make a necromancer class that focuses pretty heavily on death magic, but wizard, sorcerer ...
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How do I balance artifacts of my own invention?

I want to create an artifact, but I want it to be “balanced” with the others presented in the books. What I'm stuck on is what defines the difference between a Major artifact and a Minor artifact. ...
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How to keep spellcasters from becoming too underpowered when the magic moon resets? [closed]

Magic is the result of an omnipotent terraforming satellite the size of a small moon, but all the accumulated tweaks and additions to its API used by spellcasters will reset during a double-eclipse ...
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How Can I Re-Skin the Hacker in A Medieval Game of Leverage?

I'm designing a Leverage one-shot using Robin Hood's Merry Men, and I've got pretty much everything figured out but the Hacker. I'm trying to define exactly what a Hacker can do in a medieval setting, ...
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Downtime gold in a dungeon crawler setting

In a dungeon crawler campaign that I created, I offer my players the possibility to do things in between dungeon runs as "downtime actions" (at the beginning of each dungeon the players choose a ...
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How should I reward xp to my players in my game of Dark Heresy in Stars Without Number? [closed]

I'm about to start running a game of Stars Without Number hacked to play Dark Heresy. My players will be creating their characters in a few days. But in my hack, I have so far not a word on what they ...
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Would this custom prestige class be balanced? (arcane battlesmith that cannot cast) [closed]

I've been a DM for a year now. lately, one of my players asked me if there was a way to make magical weapons/armor without being able to use magic... as far as i know, you can't. Craft Magic Arms and ...
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Taking a level in Airship Pilot instead of level 3 Rogue

I'm a 1st level Rogue in 3.5e. Instead of taking 3rd level Rogue, I want to take a level of Airship Pilot. I'll be playing Sky Pirate style captain. I know that the prerequisites are challenging for a ...
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Would this Conjure Dragons spell be too powerful?

Would this homebrewed spell for dragon-themed conjurers be too powerful? It is a variant of conjure animals / conjure minor elementals / conjure woodland beings but dragon-themed. This is what I have ...
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How to balance a custom Shadow Skip power?

Background In a campaign I'm DMing, I like to give special treats to each character, often after a spectacular feat they managed to pull; as a result of this, the Warlord has a talking demonslayer ...