Questions tagged [homebrew]

For questions about homebrewing new rules content for an existing system. This tag should be used when locally-created, non-published content is at the heart of the question. (Note that soliciting ideas for creating homebrew is off topic for the site.) Not to be confused with the [house-rules] tag. For creating entire new games, use [game-design]. This tag is not for reviewing already created content; for that use [homebrew-review].

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Homebrewing tips for multi-table campaigns? [closed]

To be clear, I am not looking for homebrew. I am only looking for tips for running games, with the current requirements I have set. Anyway, I am going to be running a campaign for some new players. ...
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Would allowing wizards to use custom spells break the game? [closed]

I'm really fond of the notion of ancient wizards locked up in their towers and conducting innovative research into the arcane arts. Given how vast and ancient the Forgotten Realms are, I get the ...
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Does D&D 5e have an equivalent of 3.5e “Augmented [type]”?

In D&D 3.5 there was a way to change type, like Animal, into a subtype, like Magic Beast (Augmented Animal) Augmented Subtype A creature receives this subtype whenever something happens to change ...
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Can I design my own weapons?

I'm a DM in a campaign and I was wondering if I could make my own weapons. I would like to create both mundane and magical weapons. Yes, the ones already in the Dungeon Master's Guide are pretty cool, ...
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Can a homebrew classes starting hit points be higher than it's hit dice? [closed]

So I was wonder if I could make a class that's starting hit points were higher than it's hit dice? Hit points Hit Dice: 1d10 per ______ level Hit Points at 1st level: 12 + your Constitution modifier ...
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Impacts of managing all similar spell like Moonbeam or Flaming sphere

A few things really bothers me in this game, one of them is the fact that static area damage spells can work in many different way for seemingly no reason. What I'd call damage timing : When does an ...
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I need help with distance scaling in a homebrew RPG - from “your body” to “the whole planet” in 10 simple steps

Years ago, I developed and play tested a simple RPG system, in which magic-alike powers were driven by 2 parameters, namely Power and Precision. With high precision and minimal power you could burn a ...
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Can I have Godzilla and the Titans as gods?

I'm running a homebrew D&D 5e game in which I'd like to use Godzilla and the other Titans from the Godzilla canonical universe as gods. I've looked online about how I can do this but I found ...
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How fast is a Quickling courier?

I would like to implement a "postal service" in my 5e campaign, wherein the fastest deliveries are carried out by Quicklings. Their base speed is 120 ft, but that doesn't seem a good way to ...
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How much HP does a mountain range have?

How much HP does a mountain range have? And I don't mean a mountain, I mean a mountain range. Specifically Kondyor Massif It's technically a crater, but close enough. Basically I'm homebrewing a ...
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Less-lethal Wild Magic Surge homebrew

I'm playing a (Wild Magic) Sorcerer in a game of D&D 5e. My DM has house-ruled the Wild Magic rules and I am not privy to the details, but here's what I've pieced together: As usual, a d20 roll ...
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Is there any precedent for doubling the proficiency bonus only if the character has a given skill proficiency?

A number of character classes features that allow them to double their proficiency bonus when using selected skill proficiencies. An example is the Bard's: [C]hoose two of your skill proficiencies. ...
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Are there rules I should follow to create a non-traditional weapon for one of my players?

One of my Barbarian players created a hat that has a bladed "tail" (like a raccoon hat, but in the shape of a dragon's tail) and I'd like to make this into an improvised martial melee weapon ...
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What would happen if a slab of stone materialized in a spot where a PC is?

My next adventure involves a trapdoor slab of stone (well, marble) dematerializing, and materializing back in place after 2 rounds. I haven't decided yet what will happen if a PC is holding on to the ...
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Would these changes to the Arcane Archer be imbalanced?

The Arcane Archer seems to be pretty underwhelming, mostly because of its limited uses of the Arcane Shot feature. Would it be imbalanced to increase its number of uses per rest to match the number of ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow the Darkvision spell to see through magical darkness?

Darkvision is so prevalent among races that the spell Darkvision rarely sees use. Even with casters who do not have darkvision, it still seems unlikely to be taken, as a cantrip is able to provide ...
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Is there a magic item in 5e dnd that increases crit range and if not would it be op? [closed]

I’m very new to 5e but I’ve played pathfinder and 3.5 for quite a while so I was wondering is there an item that increases crit range for melee or ranged weapons and if not how powerful would a magic ...
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Can a incorporeal crearure move through walls? [closed]

Helloy, I´m playing a homebrew character and it states that he can take on a incorporeal form and can move through objects and creatures. Can I also move through walls? I know there is do general ...
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Bonus action attack ability score modifier

This may be confusing but currently in the campaign there is a warlock with a magic revolver that allows them to add eldritch invocations related to eldritch blast to the weapon. So agonizing blast ...
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How would optional re-rolling of all hit dice on leveling up affect average hp?

I am considering a homebrew rule that would give players the option on leveling up to re-roll all of their hit dice (excluding their first level) instead of only rolling their new hit die when ...
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How to create a Full Borg Character in Cyberpunk Red?

So I recently got the cyberpunk red core rule book and have been making characters for it. I've been enjoying character creation for it but I do have a question. See I've been wanting to make a solo ...
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Best background for 5e character who is secretly a dragon? [closed]

I'm making a character for an upcoming D&D 5e campaign who is secretly a dragon who permanently polymorphed itself (so, no mechanical advantages, just story background). Wondering what background ...
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Any good place to review/workshop homebrew for 5e? [closed]

So, I’ve been doing a homebrew campaign for awhile now and some of my players are starting to suggest I look into publishing some of the stuff on places like dmsguild, but I’m not persuaded any of my ...
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Playing a Half-dragon

I am planning on playing a campaign, and I want to play a gold half-dragon. I haven't found any information about how I would create one, and what abilities it would have. Is it canon?
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Installing modifications on Battle Smith's Steel Defender (5e) [closed]

I'm currently playing an artificer in a homebrew campaign and looking at the SD's stat block, as well as other people's opinions. It's pretty much just a tank with its damage being negligible at best,...
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Are the consequences of this Magic drug balanced with its benefits?

I'm planning to have my players deal with a drug ring in a city with a prominent magic university. I wanted to have a drug that would make sense as a drug to be a problem in this particular city and ...
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What is the comparative value of armor proficiencies?

Is medium or heavy armor proficiency as racial feature more powerful (in general) than light armor, or is it just favoring different kinds of builds? The intent is that I want to playtest some racial ...
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How can I advertise a game with a homebrew system? [duplicate]

As a long time gamemaster I have reached a point where I want to create my own system and run players through it but I have noticed that people tend to shy away from systems that are homemade. For ...
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Is a racial feature balanced that lets you chose any low-level spell to learn

Many races give certain low-level spells on a once-per-day basis and there is the high elf who can learn any wizard cantrip. Now consider the following racial feature: Chose any spell of spell level ...
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Home brewed and item, and now [closed]

I have made a box that I have allowed my players to find, it is the Mystical Box of locks, Mark 4. They were given one key to the box, let's call this the red key. The Red key opens the red lock. ...
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I need a set of simple steps to make a new subclass [closed]

So I'm a totally inexperienced DM and I want to make my own subclass. I checked the DMG and the instructions were okay but I really don't know what to do still. I need a fairly basic set of steps to ...
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Would a race with bludgeoning, piercing or slashing resistance be overpowered?

The various subtypes of dragonborn in D&D 5e have different elemental resistances (acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison). Tieflings similarly have fire resistance, and I would estimate that a ...
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How to make mind flayer mind control better [closed]

I feel like the Mind Flayers ability to control minds (a once per day Dominate Monster) is almost universally thought of as underpowered, especially given the description of Mind Flayers. How could a ...
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What bonus would be balanced against restricting a changeling's Shapechanger trait to only work once per day during a long rest?

I am playing as a changeling in a new campaign where every officially published races are accepted. We told the DM the races and classes we wanted to play in advance and he was OK with it. However, ...
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If the target of a Scrying spell succeeds on the saving throw against the spell, who is prevented from using the spell on them for the next 24 hours?

The description of the scrying spell states in part that: On a successful save, the target isn't affected, and you can't use this spell against it again for 24 hours. However, this seems a bit ...
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Can a creature with a natural walking speed of 0 ft. get up from being prone?

In a one-shot I recently played the players were fighting a homebrewed Weeping Angel. It has a walking speed of 0 ft. and can teleport 80 ft. on its turn under some conditions. One of the players ...
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Is a bonus for a dedicated spell focus too powerful? [closed]

Would giving a bonus to spell casters via a dedicated spell focus make them too powerful? Examples: A dedicated focus for all evocation spells grants a +1 bonus to spell attack rolls and damage. A ...
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Mechanically speaking, what makes an item more useful, a raw bonus or advantage?

I'm looking at D&D 5e to homebrew a specific item and I'm debating what would be better: advantage or raw bonus? The item is a coin that you toss before an ability check or an attack roll. If the ...
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Does adding multiple skills when combining creatures cause balance issues?

I'm creating a Svirfneblin Evil Mage by combining the stat blocks for each Evil Mage and Svirfneblin. A Svirfneblin has the skills Investigation +3, Perception +2, Stealth +4. An Evil Mage has the ...
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Balance implications of +3 racial bonuses

Many races have a +2 bonus to one ability and a +1 bonus to another ability. They do not usually have +3 to a single ability. I am wondering about the implications of having races with such bonuses in ...
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How to increase weapon strength with the player

I've got a player who's character has a home-brew weapon that's supposed to grow in strength alongside the character so it can be used through the whole campaign. I get that, normally, throughout the ...
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How many two-skill +2/+4 bonus feats are there and is it balanced to homebrew more?

Each skill except for Appraise, Linguistics, Craft, Perform, and Profession corresponds to a core feat that has no prerequisites and grants +2 to two skills or +4 if you have 10 or more ranks. Those ...
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Is this homebrew variant of Leomund's Tiny Hut a problem?

I am playing a wizard with the spell tiny hut. The DM came up with the idea of having Strahd change the spells in my spell book, just slightly. This makes a little sense because my current character ...
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What is the interaction between Thunderwave and being required to target your own space? [duplicate]

The spell Thunderwave has the rather unusual target area of a 15-foot cube, the point of origin for which is the caster, which is generally understood to mean you can either position the cube anywhere ...
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Is Booming Blade that unbalanced? How could it be rebalanced? [closed]

Up until now, we had quite the terrible party lineup (a Rogue, two Paladins and a Barbarian; we soon discovered the game is simply not enjoyable without casters), and we all decided to fix this by ...
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In Pathfinder's Race builder, can you give the race you create two racial qualities? (i.e. Fey and Humanoid.)

I was wondering when creating a race in Pathfinder 1e, are you able to give them two racial type qualities like Fey and Humanoids for example or is it just one type only? I ask because I was looking ...
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What was this homebrew monster class based on That Damn Crab and other crab memes?

WARNING: The content of this question is potentially disturbing and contains references to animal abuse I remember reading a homebrew class some time ago (within a few years) that has been based on ...
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Can I, as a DM, create a new class entirely? If I can, how do I develop class features? [closed]

I believe my campaign needs a new class entirely. As in, you can choose from barbarian, rogue, new class name, etc. I looked at the DMG and it says literally nothing about creating a new class from ...
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In 5E World of Warcraft, does the Monk's Superior Martial Arts allow one attack vs every enemy in the area of effect?

In the World of Warcraft 5e conversion (v3.3 by Djmove & Arrius Nideal), the Windwalker Monk's 'Superior Martial Arts' states: As an action, you may spend 2 Ki and deal your unarmed damage as ...
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Looking for a 3.5 reference to a Monster Harvester's Handbook

Back in the day, someone had created a handbook for harvesting parts from monsters. They went through every monster in the SRD and chose parts (and fairly reasonable prices for those parts). I was ...

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