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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New Gnoll Subrace. Looking for suggestions to make it better [on hold]

Ok, so as the title says I created a new subrace of gnoll. It's called a Wilk Gnoll. Made for temperate forests instead of warm plains. I'm still a new DM so I'm not sure if the CR would still be ...
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How possible is it for the Apocalypse Engine to support non-improvisational play?

One of the core philosophies present in Apocalypse World and related games is the idea that (as a GM) one should never plan anything in advance. Okay, it's quite a bit more nuanced than that; you're ...
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determining CR for trap involving repeated activation

can anyone please tell me how to determine the CR for a trap that has a duration of 10 rounds? it is a repeated steam jet trap that emits 2 steam jets every round and each steam jet deals 2 damage + ...
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How to use Gestalt in 5th edition? [closed]

The Gestalt is a pretty nice feature from 3.5 edition, allowing to pick 2 classes for every character level. I couldn't find any information about it in Player's Handbook and neither in Game Master's ...
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What does the DMG mean by 'points' in monster building?

On page 274 (DMG), the following is found for defensive CR (with an equivalent for offensive later on): If your monster's AC is at least two points higher or lower than [its hit points suggest the ...
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how do I calculate an unarmed attack, specifically for slam?

I'm making a custom monster, a huge flesh golem. I'm trying to determine its unarmed strike as a much larger monster for slam and need to calculate its damage to determine its offensive challenge ...
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How do we prevent the PvP death of a PC from being cheapened and made meaningless by easy resurrection?

I am running a homebrewed RPG cobbled together from bits of systems like VtM, D&D, Pathfinder, etc. (that's not the problem, it works for us). Our campaign includes player-versus-player conflict, ...
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What's a good way to encourage players to use their encounter/daily powers more?

My players don't tend to use their encounter and daily powers during combat, to the point where they have run from encounters they could win fairly comfortably if they used their special abilities. ...
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Attempting to Replace Darkvision

After receiving answers on this question, reading forums, and talking to my current players, I have come up with a few replacements to darkvision: Removing the section on darkness (becoming dim ...
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How can I play as a Cloud Giant?

I'm pretty new to playing D&D, as are most of the people I play with. We found some homebrew race stuff already and one of us is playing as a Khajiit, but I wanted to play as a Cloud Giant and I'm ...
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How can I create a magic system that works like the one in The Black Company novels? [closed]

I'm building a D&D campaign modeled after the Black Company books by Glen Cook. I especially like the system of magic used in his books. What guidelines should I follow when creating a magic ...
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How to deal with a player that HAS to play niche, difficult, homebrew classes?

I'm a new DM, with a group of new players. I am the most experienced of the group, but mostly from watching Critical Role. There is a player in my group who multi-classed two homebrew classes; Witch ...
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What is the best website for 5e homebrew S? [closed]

I've been relying heavily on www.dandwiki.com for my homebrews. But many of them are unreliable. Has someone made a reliable set? Specifically for D&D 5e?
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What LA should this custom template be?

Trying my hand at making a custom template. I wanted to make a vampire-ish character, but both the vampire and half-vampire templates were kind of sucky. After some googling I found the Dhampir (...
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Is this a balanced dhampir PC race for Curse of Strahd?

As a new DM to D&D, one of my players came up to me and said, "I want to play a vampire." Alarm bells went off from the research I did. However, skipping past the whole vampires being a disaster ...
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How much should this Infectious Zombie homebrew change a zombie's challenge rating?

When you are bitten by a zombie, you have to make two checks against Fort DC 10+HD of the zombie. If one fails, you turn into a zombie in 1d4 days, if both fail, you turn into a zombie in 1d2 days. In ...
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Creating magic items with random triggers (e.g. burst weapon)

I'd like to create set of Fascinating Daggers that will have a chance of casting Hypnotic Pattern or Hypnotism, something around once every 10 hits (I'd like it to tie it to the attack roll but not ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow lower-level undead creation spells to work on animals?

I have a friend planning to play a necromancer in an upcoming campaign, and he wanted to focus on non-humanoids (specifically, just animals) for his "army". However, upon looking at the spell list, it ...
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What can I get for my Infernal Legacy?

(Related to this question) I am working on selecting all the available races/subraces for my 5th Edition campaign. Because I don't like the way that WoTC has laid out the race/subrace info, I'm ...
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Different types of AC in RP [closed]

I'm looking for references to other rp systems that have different ways of determining when you would take damage. My current RP group as started to fizzle out, saying that the newer systems have ...
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Revising Armor Class for a Homebrew System [closed]

I have decided to create a Homebrew System loosely based off of Pathfinder. There is a Mechanic I would like to add in, but I haven't found any good references within the Exchange for: Revising the ...
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What is the Expected Damage Gain from this Part of my Homebrewed Gunslinger Feat?

Preamble: One of the players in a campaign I will be DM’ing for will be playing a fighter archetype called the Gunslinger (made by Matthew Mercer for the RPG show Critical Role). Since the player ...
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How Many Sorcery Points Should This Homebrew Metamagic Cost?

I'm back with another homebrewed thing. But, I can't decide on a reasonable cost for it. See below: Sharpened Spell You spend X Sorcery Points. You modify a spell with a range that is not ...
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How much would Sanctuary affect a monster's CR?

I'm currently designing a Cleric "monster" according to the guidelines in the DMG. So far, the stats are falling short of my expectations, so I've decided that the cleric casts sanctuary on itself ...
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What Should Be The Rarity Rating Of This Homebrew Item?

I've homebrewed a rather cool item (in my opinion). The idea behind it is it can substitute for a shield and weapon, allowing the character two free hands while still being considered armed. It has ...
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Why is the Werewolf's CR as high as 3?

I'm trying to better understand the Werewolf so that I can design my own varieties of homebrew Werewolves for my campaign. I started by adding together all the stats of the Monster Manual's Werewolf ...
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Have any RPGs used an Action Point system? [closed]

Are there any RPG systems out there that handle Action Points, or Time Units? Instead of having simple action types, handling turns more like Xcom UFO Defense or Xenonauts. If so, what are the main ...
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Is there a system that takes tactics over skill, and skill over dumb luck? [closed]

This is my first post. StackExchange is an incredible community, thank to you! I'm writing an RPG system and I'm looking for systems to inspire me with the following characteristics: The PCs are ...
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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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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 is,...
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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 lichdom....
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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 ...