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Placing Critters in the appropriate place in the Natural Order Hierarchy in Mouse Guard

I am currently developing a campaign setting using the rules and lore for Mouse Guard. The setting will be similar but not in the same geographical location (Northern Michigan) that the original was ...
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Balancing new critters in Mouse Guard

I am currently developing a campaign setting using the rules and lore for Mouse Guard. The setting will be similar but not in the same geographical location (Northern Michigan) that the original was ...
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Would swapping the Assassin's Imposter feature for the Scout's Ambush Master feature be unbalanced?

Inspired by this question: Would allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak be unbalanced? The Assassin roguish archetype is considered by some to have very weak class ...
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Would letting the Assassin rogue replace its 9th-level Infiltration Expertise feature with the Thief's Supreme Sneak feature be unbalanced?

I wanted to ask about allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak. I have a player in my campaign who plays as an Assassin Rogue and would like to have access to the Supreme ...
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Is my Red Wizard prestige class for 5e balanced?

In the Unearthed Arcana article "Prestige Classes and Rune Magic" (pdf link), they introduce the idea of prestige classes, a class with only a few levels and more multiclassing prerequisites, borrowed ...
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How is the balance on my homebrew Sorcerer Origin (Wild Magic, alternate)?

I've made a homebrew on the "Wild Magic" sorcerer, with less focus on "unpredictable" effects and more focus on "sudden floods of raw magic power". I would appreciate any constructive feedback. Much ...
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What problems may arise from my house rules on grappling and restraining?

Introduction I am dissatisfied with the rules for grappling in 5e. Well, it's more that I'm dissatisfied with the fact that there's no way to restrain someone in 5e via grappling. The rules, as they ...
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Is this homebrew Druid's Staff of Thorns appropriate for a level 3 Druid?

I'm new to D&D and have been running the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure for my wife. She is playing a Druid and I'm playing a DMPC Barbarian. I wanted to make a staff for her so she can keep a ...
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Would this hit/miss houserule be balanced with bounded accuracy?

Would this houserule be balanced with the bounded accuracy system? If an attack roll is made and "misses" by one, the defender takes a glancing blow. This glancing blow does not count as a ...
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Is this houserule about hit points balanced?

As a D&D5e DM, I always feel that HP in D&D are somehow unrealistic. Either it's "there is no difference between 1 HP and 100% of my HP" or "I took too much damage in one hit, so I'm dead". ...
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Is the Blood Transfer cantrip that my player came to me with overpowered

Now, I know that healing cantrips are completely broken. So then, my player comes to me with this: Blood Transfer Evocation cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch ...
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Is this homebrew Duergar subrace balanced?

I'm planning a campaign with an underdark-based homebrew setting, and I want to give them the option of Duergar as a race. Does this seem unbalanced, and are there any potential issues in particular ...
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Is this homebrew Shifter class balanced compared to the official classes?

One of my players wanted a non-spellcasting druid, is this balanced compared to the official classes? The Shifter The shifters, unlike the druids, lack a mystical connection to nature, and do not ...
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I found a homebrew summoner/eidolon class online; is it balanced?

I have found many summoner/eidolon classes. One kinda stuck out to me: is it balanced? We are starting at level 1. Desired balance comparison is to the Wizard schools of Conjuration or ...
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Would a homebrew feat that lets me use a bonus action to reload a firearm between the multiple attacks of my Attack action be overpowered?

My PC is using a musket based on the standard rules for firearms in the DMG (p. 267), which includes reloading after every shot. A limited number of shots can be made with a weapon that has the ...
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What are the balance ramifications of always preventing creatures from taking reactions before their first turn?

I've recently been toying with some rule modifications to 5e's Initiative rules in an attempt to resolve the rule/reality inconsistency where a player "gets the jump" on a monster, but the monster is ...
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Is my Quickling homebrew race balanced?

Is my Quickling homebrew race balanced? I have adapted the Quickling for a homebrew playable race. Is this race balanced in proportion to other official 5e races? I used information from the DMG (p....
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Is the Alchemist class presesented balanced? [closed]

I'm looking at using this Alchemist homebrew class for my D&D 5e game. (Version as of 16 Oct 2019.) Will this break my game? Are there ways to optimize this class to break my game? How does this ...
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Would there be any major balance implications for swapping the Soulknife rogue's daggers to deal fire damage as opposed to psychic?

I have a specific character concept in mind but for it to work I would need to change the UA Psionic Rogue's Psychic Daggers into Fire Daggers. I plan to ask my DM about it but before I do I want to ...
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implementation of a ranged grapple attack for an artifact weapon

I have created a new artifact as part of a campaign I am running, with properties that seem a perfect match for the campaign, the items history and our party in general. I expect our dim-witted ...
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Are those changes enough to save the Kineticist?

I've been toying with the idea of making a kineticist for a bit, now. The class is quite flavorful, with some interesting options and a nice set of utility. ...That said, its core sucks. Like, ...
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How can a new DM deal with having given out overpowered weapons at a low level?

I am in a few campaigns, one of them has a DM who's never been a Dungeon Master before. Their grasp of the rules and how the game is played is sound but they are a bit of a pushover when it comes to ...
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Is this homebrew Druid-themed Warlock patron balanced?

I would like to play a "green witch"- or "hedge witch"-type character in an upcoming D&D 5e campaign, so my DM is letting me homebrew a Druid-themed Warlock patron (similar to how the official ...
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Is this Trait balanced?

I've decided to homebrew a trait like Unearthed Arcana talks about but I'd like another opinion on whether it's balanced. The idea is someone who works themselves to the point of harm in order to gain ...
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Does my improved version of the Witch Bolt spell make it less of a “trap” choice, while keeping it unique?

Witch bolt is situational, mediocre, or borderline useless, depending on who you ask. In play, I have seen it consistently chosen by new players (or players inexperienced with casters), who are ...
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Is this homebrew Kerbal race balanced compared to the official races?

Is this homebrew Kerbal race balanced compared to the official races? Kerbal Traits Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1. Age. Kerbals mature after just one month, ...
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Is it at all possible to create/homebrew a class with half-subclasses?

Sonny is a great little game starring a zombie who starts out with limited skills (a super-basic attack and a self-healing spell) and gains more skills as he levels up. At two points in the game, you ...
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Is a full melee combatant party for Rise of the Runelords viable?

So I'm a DM with a bit of previous experience who discovered the wonderful world of Pathfinder Adventure Guides, and decided to try my first campaign of those with the classic Rise of the Runelords to ...
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Is this homebrew Weaver Wizard subclass balanced?

I've made a subclass for Wizard, hoping to make a sort of spellmancer (manipulating and changing spells). I wanted to capture some of the feelings of Sorcerer and their Metamagic, but repurposed for ...
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Is this added versatility to the Sorcerer's Flexible Casting imbalancing?

After playing Sorcerer quite a bit (both spell-slot and spell-point versions) I feel that the spell-slot variety lacks much of the versatility granted under the spell-point option. The current ...
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What are the impacts of allowing a Warcaster to cast spells with material components while wielding a shield and spear?

The general consensus on this site is that the Warcaster feat does not grant the ability to cast spells with material components when wielding two pieces of equipment because the caster needs a free ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider ranger archetype balanced?

Firstly, this was inspired by these recent questions: Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes? Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced ...
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Is this barbarian Rage Mage subclass balanced compared to the official barbarian subclasses and the eldritch knight?

Rage Magic: At level 3, your rage allows you to tap into magical dark energy. Choose 2 cantrips and 3 1st level spells from the warlock spell list. Two of the 1st level spells you choose must be ...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e? [Version 2]

This is a follow up to my previous question: Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e? In the Neverwinter Nights video game series (I'm ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of the Bloodlust Druid subclass, which replaces Wild Shape with a Berserker barbarian's Frenzied Rage, balanced?

Would it be balanced to replace the Wild Shape feature of a druid with Rage? This homebrew is intended for a pacifist supporting spellcaster, cursed with a violent blood lust curse. This homebrew is ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow non-warforged to have armblades if they also have a prosthetic limb?

I bought the D&D 5e book Eberron Rising From The Last War. I saw there were magic items in it, and in particular prosthetic limbs. That reminded me of a prestige class, the renegade mastermaker (...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e?

In the Neverwinter Nights video game series (I'm more familiar with NWN2 specifically, which was based on D&D 3.5e), there were two spells, "Isaac's Lesser Missile Storm" and "Isaac's Greater ...
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Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced compared to the official classes?

Is this revision of the homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: ...
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Is this proposed change to the Transmutation Wizard's Master Transmuter class feature balanced for a setting without resurrection? [Version 2]

In my previous iteration of this question, I proposed a replacement for the Master Transmuter option Restore Life. the feedback I received identified that it was too powerful, so I have a new, much ...
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Is gaining 1 AC in exchange for disadvantage on Perception checks a balanced trade?

Inspired by this answer, and to avoid lengthy back and forth comments, I decided to make this a question in itself. You can put on your helmet for +1 AC and disadvantage on Perception checks. In ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes?

Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: Dragon Rider ...
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What RAW weirdness would arise from a PC being permanently Tiny? [closed]

Background Every official playable race in D&D, to the best of my knowledge, is either Medium or Small. Even for creatures that should be Large (meaning where the "monster" versions of such ...
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Are these change to Penetrating and Impervious overpowered?

I'll be the DM for a new campaign and I don't particularly like how Impervious was handled in this edition. But, I also think that the 2nd edition one was OP (overpowered). The idea behind the ...
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Is it balanced to give a Simic Hybrid extra Animal Enhancements?

It's my turn to DM, and the previous DM wants to play a Simic Hybrid, but they want to use three of the animal enhancements available, instead of two. Specifically, they want Underwater Adaptation, ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Golden Knight paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Oath Spells You gain Oath Spells at the Paladin levels listed. 3 Hail of Thorns, Ensnaring Strike 5 Locate Animals or Plants, Healing Spirit 9 Conjure Animals, Spirit Guardians 13 Grasping ...
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Is this proposed change to the Transmutation Wizard's Master Transmuter class feature balanced for a setting without resurrection?

The School of Transmutation wizard archetype has a feature at level 14 called Master Transmuter. It can allow such a wizard to, once per long rest, destroy their transmuter's stone and do one of a ...
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Is this homebrew “Vulkaan” race balanced?

I have never made a race before, so this is my first crack at it. I imagined this race of Volcano People called Vulkaans. I guess what pops in my brain is the Vex build from Destiny, but more organic. ...
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Are these new Instruments of the Bards balanced?

I've decided to homebrew some more Instruments of the Bards, representing a few instruments that are not currently included. The only main thing that's different between each one are the unique spells,...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow a non-warforged artificer to use a wand sheath if they make it themselves using one of their infusions?

One of my players is thinking about going artillerist but they don't have enough hands to hold a shield, an arcane firearm, and a sword. In going down the rabbit hole of animated shields and dropping ...
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Is this Way of The Iron Fist homebrew monk subclass too overpowered?

This homebrew subclass is something I came up with to compensate for the fact that my group has only three members, and I as a monk am the only one remotely capable of tanking. I call it the Way of ...

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