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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Is there a specific gauntlet to test home-brewed character classes?

Recently I've been trying to play test my custom character class by running it through a dungeon I developed and ran for a party last year. The class focuses around the idea of collecting monster ...
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How to build a flexible and scalable system for PCs' NPC organizations? [closed]

Background: I am preparing to run a campaign using Dark Heresy Second Edition. Although this is nominally an investigative game, several key non-combat mechanical systems are either anemic or missing ...
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Binder Apparatus Binding Traits List

So I've been considering creating a new character, and was looking at the homebrew Binder class. My question pertains to the Binder's Apparatus Binding class feature. I've been looking for a ...
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Is this Spirit Hunter Ranger variant I created overpowered?

I have a variant of ranger prepared, but I'm concerned the abilities may be overpowered? Spirit Hunter Ranger Replaces: hide in plain sight, camouflage, and the 5th favored enemy. Grants:...
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Would a cahulaks-based race be overpowered compared to other races?

Per this question here, I asked about grappling hooks as a weapon in D&D 4e, and the community came up with a great answer using cahulaks. Now, as stated in my previous question, I'm trying to ...
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How to make grappling hooks a main focus for your character?

In an attempt to make a custom race, I'm parsing down a large, broad question idea into several smaller ones. This race, flavorfully, is supposed to have extreme proficiency with grappling hooks and ...
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Does 4e become imbalanced when I allow any character to use any Paragon Path/Epic Destiny?

I will soon be running a D&D 4e campaign set in a homebrewed universe. Races and classes are getting re-skinned into whatever concept the players want, so long as they remain the same mechanically....
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What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?

D&D 4e loves its experience pools in encounter building, and, because it is a system that inherently cares about party balance, carefully has laid out the math for experience - to encounter level -...
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Is there an Alchemy system that enables me to make all the potions? [closed]

I've been working on making a half-orc mercenary for a D&D Next campaign who used to be a field alchemist for his tribe. However, the way D&D Next is set up makes alchemy very hard. For ...
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How to prevent players from using guns in a particular combat?

I am running an adventure that is based on a Vampire-like universe, set in present-day Venice. It's a homebrew story telling system with just a bit of mechanics (the domains of vampires and k20 roll ...
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What level should a one-shot 5-round time travel magic item be?

I had a cool idea for a magic item for D&D 4th edition. Basically it would allow you to take your party's memories of the last 5 rounds and go back to your bodies of 5 rounds ago. It would be a ...
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How to decide the level of new monsters? [closed]

I'm running a D&D sandbox (with my own variant of D&D, of course, but it is reasonably compatible with old versions of D&D and various retroclones), and I use several adventure modules and ...
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How can I improve this homebrewed Defiler/Preserver for 5e?

I am planning a 5e Dark Sun game, and I wanted to use the following rules for homebrewed preserving and defiling. Arcane Defiling When a defiler casts a spell of level 1 or higher, each living ...
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How do you handle long, thin Shape Land uses in Dawn of Worlds

A frequent issue in Dawn of Worlds with our group occurs when players want to make rivers, cliff edges, etc. The Shape Land power allows editing in a 1" diameter area, which makes the creation of ...
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Is this Wolfwere PC race balanced and playable with standard races and classes? [closed]

This is my first attempt at creating a race using the DMG. Someone posing a Wolfwere question earlier and a member of my group loving wolves prompted my attempt. It's use would be in a standard 5E ...
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Is there a way to simulate the 3.5e Factotum in 5e? [closed]

I would like a homebrew class that has the same magical skill-monkey feel that 3.5e's Factotum had. I ideally would like the class to be made using the DMG custom class creation guidelines, and I ...
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Is there a formula for recommended monster ability scores per level?

(For D&D 4th Edition) I rarely use published monsters, preferring to come up with my own things for my players to fight in our own homebrewed world. 4e is great about this, making it really ...
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I need help with a 3e-4e merger homebrew system (specifically fighters)

I am trying to create my own RPG system, similar to 4e and 3e, and hopefully a happy merger of both. For casting classes, there are 4 tiers of spells per 10 levels, totaling 12 tiers of spells (...
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Is there an exchange rate between hit points and spell levels?

I'm in the midst of creating a magic item that would steal hit points from enemies and store them. Once a certain level of hit points have been stored, the user of the item would be able to convert ...
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Converting Hunter: The Vigil to nWoD 2nd Edition

I would like to run Hunter: The Vigil with the God Machine Chronicle rules. Hunter has not yet been updated yet for the new rules, but how hard would it be to convert the rules a bit myself? The PCs ...
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Help me manage a Vampire homebrew roleplay issue [closed]

I have a (8th level) Magus [Skirnir archetype, so, casting using shields as a catalyst, etc. Not entirely relevant] who, for the sake of roleplay, is an exile from Kelesh who was removed due to his ...
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How to hire freelance writers for my self-published RPG who will adhere to my canon?

So, I'm in the early stages of writing my own tabletop RPG System/Setting. I plan to self-publish most likely, probably starting off just on DriveThruRPG and seeing how it goes from there. And I'm ...
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Today, War (domain) changes [closed]

I am running a war cleric, but my DM and I have noticed a problem with the War domain. The official War domain is as follows: War Free Martial Weapon Proficiency with deity’s favored weapon (...
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Does the game break if a character can't fail Appraise skill checks?

I'm homebrewing a class, and at about character level 14 I'm considering granting the class the following special ability: Appraise Anything (Ex): The creature's Appraise skill check result always ...
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Fudge Dice Augmentation

I'm looking into unique stunts that affect dice rolls in gameplay. Are there any rules or precedent on the use of more than 4 Fudge dice in rolls, or using a die to determine outcomes? I'm thinking ...
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What precedent is there for my homebrew “skill” concept? [closed]

I'm starting to use a skill-like mechanic for my NPCs which is kind of a cross between modes and the aspects only option. I want to know what systems have used a feature like this, so I can build on ...
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Genius: The Transgression house rules

I gather that work on the Genius: The Transgression fansplat has ceased, since there haven't been updates in 2 years on the official site. However, I'm having trouble with some of the gameplay and ...
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Breaking up the Plasma Drive Propulsion

Every Demon starts with Propulsion in Demon Form. It is difficult and limited to get additional Propulsions, but not impossible. Propulsions are (as the name suggests) movement abilities, though many ...
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Race Creation/Modification in D&D 3.5

I'm trying to create a set of races, based largely on the classic fantasy races of Man, Elf, Dwarf (and Gnome, but I don't consider that to be a 'classic' fantasy race). I'm using 3.5 rules, and the ...
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What would be a potential balanced Mythic version of psionic power Mind Thrust

Introduction Pathfinder's Mythic Adventures sets out rules for so-called Mythic characters. Within this ruleset is also an definition of Mythic spells. They say the following about this: Mythic ...
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Designing a damage system for our rules [closed]

We are designing a rule system that would better suit our tastes. The goal is to create something relatively simple, that does not get in the way of the story but still offers enjoyable game ...
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Creating a Racial Template (DnD 3.5)

So I had an idea for a race for my world. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed it to be a template, not a race. I'm trying to create a version of Elves, but the origin of ...
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Refining and Building a Character/Class Concept [closed]

I have (or think I have) a concept for a class. However, I'm no longer convinced it will work to homebrew as a class. Since I only have access to the SRD, and I'm not really as familiar with the ...
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How can I implement legacies for PCs?

I'm starting a new campaign with two new players, and one of the senior players requested to have her new character be the offspring of her first character (one I didn't DM). Then my other senior ...
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RPG sytem which is based on character's character not stats

I read a review of a system to do with the walking dead, last week or so, but I have lost the reference to it. It was a system which rather than using strength, dexterity etc. used motivations and ...
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Bringing 4e Blood Mage into a 3.5 Campaign

A group of friends and I will be beginning a 3.5 campaign in the near future. I have never played 3.5, but would like to use the Blood Mage Paragon Path in the 3.5 campaign. So, is there a prestige ...
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Game design process to create a White-Wolf-like setting?

I have noticed that there seems to be a pattern at work in most oWod/WoD products, which when followed results in settings with the following properties: Each new PC starts with many possible ...
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Help me find a good system mechanic [closed]

I'm looking for a system mechanic that I could use in my homebrew campaign. I don't mind borrowing a mechanic from a well known system, like WFRP, DnD or WoD, but the truth is I am not that familiar ...
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I need help with making a were tyrannosaurus PC in Pathfinder

I am a fairly new DM and I recently got some of my friends to start a campaign with me as DM using Pathfinder. One of the players has been really trying hard to make it an enjoyable adventure, as ...
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Is there a system for PC reputation in D&D 3.5

I'm looking for an optional, 3rd party or well defined homebrew reputation for 3.5. I want to be able to track the impact of my player characters interactions with the environment, their access to ...
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How can I turn invisible?

I'm learning DFRPG, having no prior experience with the FATE system. One thing I really like is the idea that we can --and should-- create our own stunts and powers... but I'm not sure I've really got ...
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Better Rules for Breaking In with MET:VTR

My understanding of breaking into a secured area in NWOD is that it is an extended test using Dexterity + Larceny + Equipment vs a set number of successes (5, 10, or 15) required depending on the ...
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How to create a Poké Ball-like item?

My character has two magic mounts (a griffin and a bladespider). During combat he relies on the special powers granted by them when mounted. But it's kind of funny having two mounts at a time, and ...
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How can I make diseases non-trivial?

As noted here, diseases in 4e seem more trivial than I think they were intended: they rarely last more than one increment! What rules can I make/break, or what actions can I take, so that contracting ...
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What feats should I take to optimize a dragon shaman grappler?

I was hoping to create a dragon shaman using this home brew version of it. My question is what feats should I take to optimize it to be a grapple tank? (By grapple tank I mean that I want him to ...
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Is there any exisiting feature similar to this (poorly worded?) homebrew?

I'm working with an homebrew artifact from this file, page 34, but the way its (poorly worded?) powers work baffles me. The artifact is a morning star, but it has an attack without the Weapon keyword ...
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Resources for Creating a Home-Brewed Alchemy System Using Real World Herbs?

I am in the preliminary steps of creating an Herb-gathering / Alchemy system for my OSR game. I will be using real world herbs, as I feel that's more interesting than any list of fantasy herbs that I ...
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How much custom content is too much

So, I'm a relatively new GM (having only run a quick foray into the Tomb of Horrors for fun) and I've got an idea for a city-based custom campaign. I feel pretty good about my story telling abilities ...
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How many times can this power attack one target?

One of my players wants to use this homebrew class, but we're unclear on how to read one of its powers: Rotating Turret Gunslinger Attack 1 Enemies close in from all sides. You make them ...
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Resource/Methods for “leveling” spells from the Harry Potter Universe?

I'm playing a homebrew version of "Broomstix" with my nephews and am looking for a resource that doesn't just list all the Harry Potter universe spells and their functions but also lists the ...