I have a person in my group that wants to be an insect-like 4e race in my campaign. I don't know if I should allow it, because it may disturb the party balance.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to hold this question as opinion-based. The titular question would be off-topic here as a discussion prompt. However, if your real question is "will allowing [this race] (link it, if possible) into my 5e game imbalance things?" then I think that's totally answerable. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Nov 29 '17 at 3:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Oh, and welcome, happy gaming, take the tour when you get a chance, and know that editing your question will automatically put it in a queue to review it's hold-status, or you can flag it for direct attention. Cheers! \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Nov 29 '17 at 3:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 It's unlikely there's a legal link to the 4e content mentioned (there's not really a 4e SRD or anything similar like there is for 3.x and 5e), but the name of the race (I assume it's the thri-kreen from the Dark Sun setting book) would be good to include. \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Nov 29 '17 at 3:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Of interest would be the section in the DMG regarding how to "make" your own race. Perhaps that could be used to adapt this insect race, instead of allowing it "as is". \$\endgroup\$ – Baergren Nov 29 '17 at 17:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ I believe you are talking the Thri-Kreen? The answer is no, allowing a non core game race into a game doesn't automatically unbalance the game, however the conversion has to be done in such a way as to create a balanced 5e version of the race. The D&D wiki has a homebrew section that has a 5e Thri-Kreen you could take a look at. I've used races from there before, and found them decently balanced. (never used this one before though) \$\endgroup\$ – Andrew Jan 10 '18 at 20:10

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