Questions tagged [balance]

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How to GM “An arresting skinner” in a balanced, fair and fun way

In Apocalypse World, the social and beauty oriented class Skinner has a move called "An arresting skinner" which does pretty much what it promises: An arresting skinner: when you remove clothing, ...
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What LA should this custom template be?

Trying my hand at making a custom template. I wanted to make a vampire-ish character, but both the vampire and half-vampire templates were kind of sucky. After some googling I found the Dhampir (...
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Is this a balanced dhampir PC race for Curse of Strahd?

As a new DM to D&D, one of my players came up to me and said, "I want to play a vampire." Alarm bells went off from the research I did. However, skipping past the whole vampires being a disaster ...
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What is the expected damage per round on each level? [closed]

I'm trying to make a homebrew star wars setting using the 5e rules, in the Dungeon Master's Guide are guidelines for futuristic weapons, but the damage of those weapons looks like the perfect ...
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Is Reaper's Challenge really that broken? Did I get it wrong?

I'm DMing a 4e campaign and the PCs are level 19, now, but I have been having trouble with a power. Reaper's Challenge. My group's swordmage saves it through every adventure so he can use it on a ...
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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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How do I get the non-magic-user in the party to feel more valued?

Issue: I'm running a long campaign and recently one of my players mentioned feeling a bit left out, not being a caster. I kind of have to agree; all the PC's are pretty well-rounded so there isn't ...
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Houserule: All cantrips/orisons on spell list cast spontaneously, limited per day. Broken?

I'm a new-ish 3.5/Pathfinder frankenstein-hybrid DM (CMB and CMD exist in my game, Death rules from Pathfinder, the rest is 3.5) and now I'm thinking about tweaking Level 0 spells. However I'm not ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow lower-level undead creation spells to work on animals?

I have a friend planning to play a necromancer in an upcoming campaign, and he wanted to focus on non-humanoids (specifically, just animals) for his "army". However, upon looking at the spell list, it ...
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What Are The Effects Of Allowing A Sorcerer Access To All Metamagics?

I've been concocting a homebrew subclass for the sorcerer, and one of the features made available to the class is available at level 6. A bonus action needs to be used to activate it, and it will ...
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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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Is there a way to get Burning Wheel Revised's Abstraction and Distillation mechanics to be compatible with Burning Wheel Gold?

In the change between Burning Wheel Revised and Burning Wheel Gold, casting spells no longer uses Sorcery + Will, and instead just uses Sorcery. Spellweaver was stripped out, which presents a problem ...
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How do I balance an all-spellcaster party?

This here campaign I'm about to unfold is going to feature 2-3 players, 2 of which definitely want to get spellcasting characters and the third is very likely to go down the same path. Q: How do I ...
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Is 'reversing' healing so that it actually does damage a legitimate mechanic for the DM? [closed]

Some time ago we were in a final battle with a end boss for a dungeon. The fight went pretty well in our favor but when the boss hit his bloodied value, our DM described that he emitted a dark shroud ...
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Sorcerer subclass: is Wild Magic balanced, compared to Draconic Bloodline? [closed]

I've been planning to create a Sorcerer character (as a player, not a DM), and I noticed that the Wild Magic subclass seems to be uniquely unbalanced compared to the Draconic Bloodline subclass: The "...
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Is this DnD4E fight level appropriate?

Yesterday we had a DnD4e session to kill the final boss of a, now in total, 4 session dungeon. This fight took us 7 hours (irl). The boss had an AoE ability that would shoot a fireball for 1d100 with ...
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How would elves’ advanced starting age affect my new character?

After a long break of play DnD my group wanted to start up a campaign again. We start making characters. My character is going to be an Elf that grew up as an orphan in this the large capital city ...
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How do I tell if a Homebrew Race is balanced properly?

I recently created a homebrewed pair of related races based on Steven Universe (a Gem and Half-Gem race), but I could not tell how properly balanced they were. According to The Race builder they ...
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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 a feat allowing Large weapon use balanced? [closed]

I'm making a Barbarian Goliath for a game coming up for D&D 5e. These questions have probably come up a lot, but without any real consensus. Basically, my goal is to have my Goliath wield a Large ...
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How effective is Witch Bolt?

After reading the effect of Witch Bolt from the D&D PH, it really seemed to me like an insanely powerful spell, especially when cast at 2nd level or higher. I have had no experience with the ...
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Is a 2d4 natural attack broken at level 1?

For a setting I'm creating, I have an optional rule where dragonborn may possess claw attacks in addition to their breath attack. To wit: This attack does 1d4 slashing damage as an attack action. ...
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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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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

The phrase "Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards" gets bandied about a lot, but I've found I don't have a good way to explain it to newer players. The tier system post has some examples of how wizards ...
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How do I set manageable limits for high-powered OVA characters?

By default, OVA doesn't limit character abilities, but it does suggest several limitation methods (p21). Which method(s) work well for high-powered characters? I’d like to run games with fantastic ...
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Are these homebrew magic items balanced at low levels?

I was thinking about throwing in two "home made" magic/special items for when my players go up to level two this weekend but I'm not sure if it would be at risk of being unbalanced because I was ...
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Is a custom race with an armour bonus based on two ability score modifiers imbalanced?

I'm rolling my own races in D&D 5th Edition. As part of that I was thinking of introducing a racial trait modeled after the Monk's Unarmored Defense trait (with no shield bonus). The race is ...
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How can I preserve medieval transportation tropes for the PCs in a world with travel magic?

The problem: Overland travel spells and magic items disrupt the value of several fantasy elements that I don't want to sacrifice in a campaign, such as mounts (and the classes that make use of them), ...
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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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I think my Eidolon is doing too much damage

So I created a spreadsheet to track all my Eidolon's to hit and damage bonuses because it's just too much otherwise, and for fun I decided to see how much damage I can do. Just buffed by myself and ...
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Would it cause balance issues to combine the warhammer and war pick?

The vast majority of the historic warhammer heads found have a pointed and a blunt end. The horseman's pick was a weapon of Islamic origin used by cavalry during the Middle Ages in Europe. This ...
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Is the Fear spell out of line compared to other spells of the same level?

My groups has been playing low (1-5) level games of 5e for some time but has recently begun playing at the mid (5-10) levels. In our last game a wizard used the Fear spell and it stood out as ...
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How to balance my encounters for a party with lots of burst damage

I'm having trouble balancing my combat encounters because my party is able to ditch too much damage in a round. It's a party of 5 lvl 9 but anything with less than a 100hp and high AC doesn't live ...
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Degenesis: Original rules vs Rebirth rules

I have played the original Degenesis (so far only available in German) and while I absolutely love the setting and the atmosphere (not least the illustrations by Djurdjevic) I have always hated the ...
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Whence the large difference in power between ogres and hill giants?

Ogres and Hill giants are both of Giant type and are described as very similar height: 9–10 feet for ogres, 10½ feet for hill giants (and they're both of Large size category). Yet their ...
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Channel Spell (su) and Scorching Ray

When talking with my players (we all play Pathfinder, but use some classes of 3.5), one of them plays with a spellsword and we're confused about channel spell: Channel Spell(su) At 4th level, a ...
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Will allowing all (spell-casting) classes to cast all spells be unbalanced? [closed]

I'm homebrewing a new setting with attendant rule changes. According to the setting all magic comes from the same source. So I was thinking that it might make sense, if wizards were able to case cure ...
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What are the most important things magic items do for the players into higher levels of the campaign?

Currently I am planning for a campaign that might essentially end up with no magic items, and I wanted to get an idea of how that tends to effect game balance with the PCs. The previous campaigns I've ...
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What are my options when other members of the party think my character is too powerful?

I've recently started playing DnD 5e with a group of friends, all of whom are very inexperienced - myself and the DM included. We all agreed at the start we were aiming for a very casual game ...
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Is 6 groups of fairly established individuals too much for early game? [closed]

I'm acting as the GM for a grimdark game called Pandemonio that a friend of mine discovered. I'm relatively new to being a GM and definitely new to being a GM of grimdark. We've not yet had our ...
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How is True Polymorph not completely unbalanced?

How is True polymorph balanced in regards to any spell besides Wish? (Which is inherently unbalanced per design). Two example uses that seem unbalanced: A level 20 Warlock and Bard are having a talk ...
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Is the Cancer Mage overpowered?

I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign, and a player wants to go for the Cancer Mage prestige class in the Book of Vile Darkness. Is this prestige class overpowered, as defined in this question?
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Does an item change the game balance in the same way with different PC classes?

I am running a custom campaign as DM with two players, P1 and P2. P1 plays as a Druid while P2 plays as a Warlock/Rogue whose game style is based on being stealthy. I let P1 find a Staff of the ...
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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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What can I do when I accidentally gave out an overpowered item?

In our last game, the players worked their way through a series of fiendish traps into a high security vault, where they recovered a Staff of the Magi. After the game I looked at the stats, and ...
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Is this Paladin overpowered?

My friends and I are playing a 5e campaign. My other friend is the DM for the group. We have been playing for about a week (we're at level 5). All this time we've had a Paladin who is able to do more ...
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Pathfinder: How to balance Wealth by Level for a guild of player characters?

After several years of running tabletop one-offs I decided to try a campaign format that would let casual players hop in and out without straining disbelief while allowing for dedicated players to get ...
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How can I mechanically balance a PC being permanently blind?

One of my players, playing a Dex/Cha-based bard, wants his character to be completely blind. I like to let them play whatever they feel enjoyable, even though I'd like to find out how to make it not ...
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Are psionics overpowered or especially exploitable?

My DM is very picky about what materials we're allowed to use, pretty much PHB only, and we can't multiclass until level 6. I really like psionics, and would especially like to play a psionic warrior ...
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Bulldogs! Gear damage vs. accuracy

I'm looking at ways to model weapons for my setting, and I like quite a few things what the Bulldogs! system does. Basically, it's a system that has Fate's Damage Floor (+Damage) combined with a ...