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Improving bad spells: Mordenkainen's sword

In my answer to "Is the Mordenkainen's Sword spell underpowered?", I concluded (and the community agreed) that the spell is terrible. In this question, I will look at what makes the spell unique, how ...
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Why can Complex Forms be threaded at such high levels?

There are a great many equivalencies between Resonance and Magic; many of their abilities are very similar both in fluff and mechanics. One difference that stands out is the limit at which their ...
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Are there any balance drawbacks in ignoring Physical, Social or Mental Limits?

I've been gamemastering Shadowrun 5e since it was published. I have every single book published for the system, a throve of supplements, maps, miniatures, cards, and a bunch of other acessories. I ...
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Before high levels, can Salient Divine Abilities be balanced for players? [closed]

I've become interested in Salient Divine Abilities. This answer details some of the ways in which they can become absurdly imbalanced (even in comparison to an Epic level party). However, when I look ...
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Are there any balance-breaking consequences of house-ruling that the Spider Climb spell can be upcast to affect additional creatures?

I have a broader question that is the root of this question. I thought I'd ask what I would think is a relatively simple question and see if the answers can help me answer the broader question. As ...
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What balance issues would arise from a Chaotic Good Paladin?

I have long been annoyed by the inability of Chaotic Good warriors to become empowered by their unwavering faith in freedom and human decency, and so am considering a custom archetype that would allow ...
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Is a house-rule to increase crit range via the Bless spell balanced?

Here's the situation. In the campaign that I am DMing, I have ruled that if a blessed creature (via the Bless spell) gets a total of 20 (or more) on the sum of the d20 and the d4 on an attack roll, ...
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Balance Implications of Divine Smite Doing Necrotic Damage?

I have a True Neutral Paladin that is also a Fallen Aasimar. He has fully embraced darkness, letting it into his heart and spurned his celestial heritage. He hasn't gone fully evil purely because he ...
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Adjusting power of Animate Dead in custom DarkSun campaign with slower recovery mechanics (24hr/1wk for short/long rests)

tl;dr Because of slower recovery mechanics, my Wizard cannot raise or sustain as many undead as a RAW 5E Wizard. What would be a fair alteration to the spell to bring it back inline with the intended ...
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Will letting my players take enemy weapons cause balance issues?

My players are very much of the "kill a monster and take their stuff" mentality. They have acquired a veritable collection of daggers, javelins, short swords, and so on, from all the monsters they've ...
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Does this house rule, for determining hit point maximum, make characters weaker than RAW?

Recently my friend had mentioned that he was using a house rule for his players to calculate their hit point maximum, which I am both curious & hesitant to try with my players. His way of ...
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Is the 3.0 Druid a lower tier than the 3.5e Druid?

When looking at comparisons between 3.0 edition and 3.5, I've noticed something interesting. In some cases, for example here and here, I've seen it commented that the Druid was not playable in 3.0 and ...
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How does the 'five minute adventuring day' affect class balance?

In the basic rules the The Adventuring Day is described as follows: Assuming typical adventuring conditions and average luck, most adventuring parties can handle about six to eight medium or hard ...
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Is this house-rule removing the increased effect of cantrips at higher character levels balanced?

As a D&D 5e GM and ex-D&D 3.5e GM, I have found that cantrips are too strong: After a certain level, they deal more damage than some level 1 spells. You can use them indefinitely. It makes a ...
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Is this homebrew Half-Phoenix race balanced?

Some weeks ago, my DM told us that we she was working on a new campaign. She also told us homebrew races and classes were allowed. I was thinking of making a new race and something that seemed ...
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What would be the balance effects of adding extra Divination spells?

I am playing a Divination wizard at the moment and quite disappointed that there are only 17 Divination spells, so I thought I would look at some homebrew ones to talk to the DM about. The question ...
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Is this homebrew divination spell, Prescient Sense, balanced?

I don't take credit for this spell which I found on DMsGuild, but I am wondering if it is balanced: Prescient Sense 4th-level divination Casting Time: 1 action Components: V, S Range: ...
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How can I maintain game balance while allowing my player to craft genuinely useful items?

One of my players (a Forge Cleric - though I'm not sure that it matters) wants to be able to craft useful magical items, as the campaign goes on, rather than merely mundane equipment that's easily ...
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Are there issues with allowing parties to succeed at encounters in a published adventure with specified checks/DCs using creative roleplay instead?

During Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, there are a number of faction missions, one of which is: With a suggested solution: Given that a suggested solution involves the party spending money and checks of a ...
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Does allowing the Thunderwave spell to be centred-on but not affecting the caster increase its power level?

The thunderwave spell has the description: A wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you. Each creature in a 15-foot cube originating from you must make a Constitution saving throw. On a failed ...
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Is this homebrew Eldritch Invocation, Eyes of the Ooze, balanced?

I've been trying to homebrew an Eldritch Invocation that grants the Warlock blindsight, but I'm not sure how far this blindsight should extend. I initially thought to compare it to the pre-existing ...
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What to do when the GM gives the party an overpowered item?

Recently our GM has given the party an item that could easily break the game for the rest of the campaign. We were given a Sap of Healing that deals 1d6 damage and after successfully hitting a target ...
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How to limit the power of the Mystic's Phasing Eye ability

A player in my campaign is playing a Unearthed Arcana V3 mystic and has been making use of the Phasing Eye ability. I've been trying to figure out how to curb its use a bit. The majority of the time ...
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How do you determine if a homebrew class is balanced with regards to its multiclassing potential?

When designing and balancing a homebrewed class, I want to avoid features that, while keeping the core class balanced, will cause multiclass builds with WotC classes to be game breaking. An example ...
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Is this homebrew Genie patron for warlocks balanced?

This is another Warlock Homebrew I've been working on at my table for a player in an upcoming game. We'll be starting at 5th level in a puzzle heavy dungeon. I'm fairly sure that at 5th level this is ...
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How much benefit can an Evil Truenamer give to a low level party via lazy sacrificing?

The Truenamer Handbook gives the following interesting piece of advice under "Hear My Words, O Dark Master!": Pop open the Book of Vile Darkness and read the rules for sacrifices. Then remember ...
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Jurassic Spark kids game needs to distribute fun more evenly [closed]

I recently made up an outdoor kids adventure game that is really fun for most, but could use help with making the game more fun for ALL the kids. I conducted an anonymous survey afterwards and some ...
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How, as a Pathfinder DM, can I help my players create characters at the correct optimization level for a given adventure?

My D&D 4e party is a few levels away from the end of their epic campaign, and they want to keep playing D&D with me. I have recently discovered that I really like some of the Adventure Paths ...
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Is this homebrew magical Cape of Defense balanced?

This is basically a dialed down version of the Bracers of Defense: Cape of Defense Wondrous Item, uncommon (requires attunement) While wearing this cape, you gain a +1 bonus to AC if you ...
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How powerful is the February 2019 UA Artificer?

Specifically, the 1st version of the UA playtest version of the full class, released start of this year: https://media.wizards.com/2019/dnd/downloads/UA-Artificer-2019.pdf One of my new players has ...
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Is this homebrew “Cactus Grenade” cantrip balanced?

I am currently homebrewing a set of "brawler" races, modeled after the nonhuman, humanoid characters in Brawl Stars. For one race, I've made a homebrew cantrip, Cactus Grenade. Is it balanced? ...
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Is the GiffyGlyph's Darker Dungeons set of rules balanced? [closed]

I came across the the GiffyGlyph's Darker Dungeons extension set of rules for D&D 5e and I find them fascinating. I like some of the concepts a lot and the fact you can pick and choose what to ...
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Is this Magister homebrew warlock patron balanced?

In D&D 5e's Warlock flavor, it would make sense that incredibly powerful (i.e. > level 20) spellcasters could become the patrons. So, in preparation for a new campaign (with my DM's permission), I ...
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Are these low-level passive abilities balanced against each other?

Context I am working on a homebrew corruption system for my upcoming Diablo themed campaign. You can read more about the system in this chat thread. The complete system is too large and complex for ...
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Is my homebrew Awakened Bear race balanced?

I wanted to play an awakened bear, and decided to create my own race. I used JamesMusicus' Basic Race Feature Analysis sheet to create it, but I'd like to know how it would stack up in game. Is the ...
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How do I balance a campaign consisting of four kobold PCs?

I am currently planning a campaign consisting of four kobold PCs, using Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 119) as my starting point for the race. However, I am worried about Pack Tactics and Sunlight ...
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Would it be fair to use 1d30 (instead of rolling 2d20 and taking the higher die) for advantage rolls?

Would it be fair to use 1d30 - in place of 2d20 and taking the higher die - for advantage rolls? Recently I have acquired several d30 dice in a bag of factory seconds. I want to offer my players the ...
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How does the Variant: Spell Points system from the DMG affect game balance?

On page 288-289 of the DMG, there is a "Variant: Spell Points" rule. Below are the best summary paragraphs of the system: In this variant, each spell has a point cost based on its level. The Spell ...
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How do I adjust encounters to challenge my lycanthrope players without negating their cool new abilities?

Background: In my campaign, my players (each are level 5, having just finished LMOP, and have magic weapons) took up a quest for a group of lycanthropes, and as a reward, were bitten and granted ...
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What is the limit on how high you can fly up? [closed]

I was playing an Aarakocra in a non-Adventurers-League-game. I noticed that there is no height limitation on flight in 5e, so I could hypothetically fly out of the range of virtually everything and ...
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Is this homebrew Energy Shield spell balanced? [closed]

Is this homebrew spell extension to the shield spell balanced? The spell is supposed to be a more powerful version of the shield spell that produces a shockwave back to the attacker when the enemy ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Viper Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Vampiric Assault' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Caustic Cleave' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blizzard Blow' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Blade of Hate' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Battery' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Astral Smash' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Is the homebrew weapon attack cantrip 'Arcane Strike' balanced?

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...
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Are these homebrew weapon attack cantrips balanced? [closed]

I have created some new cantrips which include making a weapon attack as there are only two official ones to choose from. I've tried to follow these principles based on Booming Blade and Green-Flame ...