House rules are small fan created additions and replacements to core rules in a rules set. In most cases, they are not officially sanctioned by the designer, in contrast to optional rules. For substantial new material and rules subsystems, use the [homebrew] tag instead.

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What is the most reasonable conversion rate for a 5e “Gold for XP” house rule?

I am thinking about using a OSR-like XP for Gold rule for my next 5e campaign. Instead of handing out Combat or Quest XP, I want to use the following rule: Players can purchase XP / a level when ...
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Balance issues for gestalt melee (or other lower Tier) characters

An idea I had for balancing higher level play is to allow characters who are not tier 1 spellcasters to gestalt. The worries I have are What is the cutoff where a character becomes tier 1? generally ...
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House rules for “critical zero”? [closed]

Rolling four blanks on 4dF yields the most-common outcome, zero, but it's one of the three most-uncommon rolls. It's exactly as unlikely as rolling a -4 or rolling a +4. Have any of you made house-...
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Rules for Stranglers

Does anyone have any play-tested house rules for dealing with attempts to strangle a (not helpless) creature to death? Suffocating, per the rules As far as I see, the only guidance in the rules ...
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Are there rules for custom feats/abilities?

The rules explicitly acknowledge the possibility of spellcasters producing entirely new spells, for example, Independent Research A wizard also can research a spell independently, duplicating ...
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How can I add house rules for interesting wrestling moves for a wrestler PC?

I'm a fledgling DM trying to help a player make a wrestler PC. (I saw How can I make a grappling Fighter?, but it's for Pathfinder.) My friend would like the following if possible: Size: Large (...
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Firing Ranged Attacks past Other Creatures

I have recently come up against the problem that players want to fire ranged attackes through multiple enemies, or place AoE spells behind multiple enemies. The idea that one could fire an arrow past ...
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May I link to SRD in a document under OGL?

I am writing a house rules document for a Pathfinder game. Not publishing it would be a pity, and not using OGL to publish it likewise, since publishing the house rules under OGL allows others to use ...
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I think our Two Weapon Fighting house rule is hurting our game, but the DM thinks taking it away would be unfair. How do I convince him?

I have a problem with a House Rule accepted by DM and players who get an advantage out of it. Our barbarian took the feat "Two Weapon Fighting" at lvl 1. He interpreted it as "I use 2 weapons, so I ...
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How can I apply the abstract range system used by 13th Age in my D&D 5e game to reduce reliance on diagrams and drawn maps?

I have been reading through some of the 13th Age rules on combat and I was particularly interested in the way that system handles combat range. While I am loving D&D 5e, tracking distance and ...
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How does replacing Advantage with a flat +2 affect Champion critical hit damage output?

My DM does not like Advantage/Disadvantage. While I disagree with his reasons on this, he has decided to replace it with a +2/-2 rule and I respect him (mostly) enough to follow his rules. I recently ...
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Buying Automatic Successes In World of Darkness

Shadowrun 5e allows players to, with GM approval, buy Hits by trading dice on a 4:1 basis. I was wondering if there were any published guidelines, or robust, well-thought-out house rules for doing ...
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Making aging relevant

My group is about to come across a haunted sunken keep with an adversarial Ghost mini-boss. Being mostly composed of Humans (because who doesn't want a free feat?), I expect them to be particularly ...
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Would allowing a cantrip cast as a bonus action to be used on the same turn as a non-cantrip cast as an action break the game?

In my group I was planning on making some house rule changes to the section on bonus action spells, as I'm not a fan of how it's currently written. I'd prefer the normal action(spell) + bonus action(...
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Dislike how players accurately place fireballs. Is there an alternative?

I'm running 5e on a grid with minis. The one thing that I hate is when a sorcerer or wizards casts a fireball that perfectly hits enemies in the aoe. The player counts the squares on the grid to ...
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How can a wizard research spells from his list on his own without expending money?

One of the players in our group, a wizard with the Spellslinger archetype, has asked me the possibility to research spells on his own. With this I mean that he is not concerned neither in creating new ...
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How to introduce the levelless, cost-based spells of Cthulhu d20 into D&D 5e

Cthulhu d20 has a magic system in which spells aren't tied to classes nor to levels. Anyone can learn and use a spell, if they're willing to pay the price, which usually comes in the form of a ...
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What are KRyan's full set of Houserules for D&D 3.5e? [closed]

I've seen snippets of KRyan's alterations to D&D 3.5e posted in various answers, but I'm interested in what the full set of alterations are. Answers are acceptable from anyone, assuming someone ...
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Recommendations for Party Balancing? [closed]

We're running a low-powered campaign. We currently have five characters, with the indicated tiers (as outlined by the Tier System for Classes): Bard - Tier 3 Warblade - Tier 3 Rogue - Tier 4 Warlock ...
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Looking for play tested house rules for combat while holding your breath

In Are there mechanical disadvantages to being unable to breathe for a handful of rounds? I asked if there were any disadvantages to fighting while unable to breathe, due to a creature's special ...
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What would the effect of removing death saves and just having characters die at 0HP be?

I am currently attempting to create a campaign, inspired both by West Marches, and earlier editions of D&D (mostly OD&D and 1e AD&D), but still keeping the 5e rules that my group are ...
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Dissonant Whispers: For how long does a creature run/stay away after a failed save?

I'm playing a Bard in a 5E campaign. One of my most useful spells has been Dissonant Whispers. It's saved the party quite a few times but the question has come up and I've not found any answers in ...
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Porting dragon subdual rules from AD&D 1e to D&D 5e?

I do not know the rules of AD&D 1st edition that were in effect around 1987. I own, however, a copy of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (TSR1031). I've just noticed (after all these decades :D) ...
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What are the consequences of making Quicken Spell an exception to the spellcasting action economy?

When I say 'Spellcasting Action Economy' I mean the rules that state when you cast a spell (Cantrip or otherwise) as a bonus action during your turn, the only other spell you can cast that same turn ...
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How does the “Descriptive Damage” hack affect Dungeon World?

A few years ago, Paul Taliesin wrote a very interesting hack for Dungeon World, helping players add descriptive damage to the game. Here's the core move of the hack: When your character suffers ...
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Would changing Surprise to just give Disadvantage on Initiative checks overlap with any existing sources of Disadvantage?

In an effort to make the game more interactive, I'm strongly considering house-ruling the Surprised condition to read "this creature has disadvantage on initiative rolls" instead of outright skipping ...
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Can D&D 3.5 edition Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction rules be converted to 5e?

The D&D 3.5 edition supplement Unearthed Arcana offered optional rules for Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction. Can I drop either or both rules directly into 5th edition without ...
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Actions after a Grapple [closed]

I'm playing a Goliath Barbarian, focusing on the inherent grappling advantages. I'm trying to pull as much benefit from Powerful Build as possible. My specific questions are: Considering my Goliath ...
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Is my house rule for Eladrin Armor too powerful?

Eladrin Armor, found on page 230 of the PHB has the following as one of it's properties This armor has no speed or skill check penalties Now, it's clearly not RAW, but I have a hard time not ...
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What needs to change to make 1st-edition Earthdawn a single-roll initiative system?

The first edition Earthdawn combat system involves declaring actions and rolling initiative every round, which for me is tedious; I want combat to flow, so I want to skip rerolling initiative every ...
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What are the consequences of denying Quickened Eldritch Blasts?

A follow up to Can you use Quickened Spell to cast cantrips? (and asked in the spirit of this question and this question), a L18 Sorcerer/L2 Warlock has 18 Sorcery points, and "recovers" 2 (so to ...
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Hobgoblin as a player character

On my last session as DM, a party of 5 level 3 players managed to make a Hobgoblin Captain become friendly with them and ultimately join them. There's a new player who'd love to take the character ...
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Looking for a power hunger God divine-magic system [closed]

I am looking for a divine magic system for a custom world I am willing to GM for my friends. Basically, in my world, the gods are present and self-centered. And won't give-up their magic for some ...
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What are the consequences if I allow a Bard to Inspire himself?

Watching a video stream of a game, one of the players, the Bard, asked if he could inspire himself with his Bardic Inspiration feature. The GM objected and said that the feature specifically said that ...
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Does added damage from martial arts affect breakage?

In a campaign I'm in an argument has come up around if it is a plausible interpretation of the rules to add breakage to attacks based on the base damage increases granted by martial arts using the "...
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What would the character-optimization consequences be of using the “one-step” rule for Warlock alignment?

Although the source material for the Warlock class in D&D 3.5e makes no specification on what alignment a Warlock must be (and explicitly mentions Good-aligned warlocks more than once), it is not ...
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How do I house rule Feinting in Combat to decrease swinginess?

The primary assertion comes from the fact that Feinting in Combat is generally effective when the player has maxed out their Bluff ranks, but in the handful of encounters where the target has maxed ...
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Managing PC-NPC Relations

Our group is playing a campaign focused around organized crime in the east coast prohibition-era US. Think Italian Mafia, Irish Mob, etc. Instead of just the 'usual' mob street business (think Thommy ...
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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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Will anything break if I allow the Warlock pact weapon to be called with a bonus action instead of an action?

I have a Warlock in my group that rarely ever gets his pact blade out, since it takes an action to summon it. Given that drawing a regular weapon doesn't even take a bonus action, is there anything in ...
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How to allow cantrips to be changed

The wizard in my game has requested the ability to change out his cantrips similarly to his higher level spells. His justification is that every other wizard spell is memorizable, so having fixed ...
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How are the damage mechanics of VtM impacted statistically if vampires halve bashing damage rounded up instead of rounded down?

V20 Core, page 285: After the soak roll, any bashing damage applied to a vampire is halved (round down) — the Kindred’s corpselike bodies simply don’t bruise and break like the kine’s. How would ...
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What effect would “simultaneous combat” have on Fate gameplay?

By default, there is an element of retaliation in defending with style, where you gain a boost, but what about using simultaneous combat rules instead? In simultaneous combat, attackers take damage on ...
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How to house rule a 5E flying mount that turns hostile? [closed]

My party is on borrowed mounts for a flying hunt. Unbeknownst to them, the "hosts" are aware of them as antagonists. I intend to have the hosts tell the flying mounts to dismount the party when they ...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a non-core elemental?

I have a party with a level 10 druid, and she was told she can transform into any elemental. When the party was injured after a particularly tough encounter, she transformed into Positive Energy ...
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What overpowered combinations would be available if I allow a bonus action to be used in place of a standard action?

It has come up in game a couple of times that a player might want to cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 bonus action using their "main" action (if they have another bonus action they also want ...
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Is this battlemaster houserule balanced?

I don't like the fact that a battlemaster can burn through his superiority dice in the first two rounds, and is forced to wait until the next short rest to use them again. So I'm considering the ...
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Is there a playtested house rule for prone that makes its usefulness less dependent on initiative order?

As discussed somewhat in Is knocking someone prone worth it? the advantages of knocking prone are rather situational, and in particular, depend a lot on where you and the enemy you want to knock prone ...
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What are the implications of allowing Dex to Hit and Damage?

While in the process of building a Magus character, I got annoyed that paizo decided to make Dex to damage quite difficult to obtain. Apart from Agile weaponry, I know of three feats that do this: ...
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Has anyone house-ruled a limited “charge” action that doesn't require a feat?

5e doesn't have in its core rules a "charge" action similar to 3.5e's where you can both dash and attack on the same round, if your movement is in a straight line to a target. By a charge action I ...