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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Could you rate my paladin subclass for me? [duplicate]

I've created a homebrew subclass based on noelle from genshin impact. idk if this is where i should ask but can i get a honest review/feedback with some balancing tips? The goal of this subclass is to ...
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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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How can I balance this purposefully weak player character?

I'm DMing a 6 person campaign in 5E and one of my players made a Warlock that is dreadfully sick, but is bolstered by the Undying Warlock patron. How can I balance giving him mostly temporary ...
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“Continuous” Bardic Inspiration

The bard's Bardic Inspiration feature states: You can inspire others through stirring words or music. To do so, you use a bonus action on your turn to choose one creature other than yourself within ...
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For a Portent feat based on the Lucky feat, how many Portent dice would be balanced against the 3 points (dice) from the Lucky feat?

I am looking to make a homebrew feat based on the Lucky feat but using the Portent mechanic, and am trying to find the balance point on the amount of dice. Disclaimer: I don't think Lucky is ...
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Would allowing Wizards to use Wisdom for AC be unbalanced?

I find myself frustrated that Wizards have high incentive to invest in Dexterity and Constitution so that the aren't quite so squishy whereas they have little incentive to increase Wisdom except to ...
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Can my players coat a +1 Plate Armor with Adamantine?

My Dwarf smith wants to merge both his Plate Armor +1 and his Adamantine Plate Armor. The idea is to melt Adamantine, obtain the raw material, and coat his +1 Plate with it, thus obtaining a +1 ...
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What's the closest-to-legal way to make this semi-homebrew savage succubus have LA+0 and a low level?

I wanted to make a weaker succubus character, so I didn't need all the features of the ECL 12 version in the Monster Manual. Savage Species offers a progression on pages 195-197 that gives everything ...
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What should I do when every PC has really low charisma (and it bothers me)?

I am currently working on a PnP which is a mixture of Traveller, DnD and some of my own game mechanics. The attributes of PCs are pretty much the same as in DnD, and I also decided to have players ...
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how can I handle automatic rifles in my rules? [closed]

Due to the current situation me and my group decided to try something new for our first online-session. We agreed on a post-apocalyptic, post-modern setting in a Metro2033-style. This presents me with ...
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Are there rules to create Troops of casters?

So a person I play Pathfinder with showed me the Troops sub-type which opens up a whole lot of possibilities for high level parties to deal with high numbers of enemies. But I don't find much about ...
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Can undead characters use healing spells as normal to heal other characters?

I've been trying to create a character (a Skeleton Bard using this homebrew race option) and I know that there are some spells that cannot heal the undead. But what about the other way around? As a ...
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Whose property is user-created homebrew material on D&D Beyond?

When creating homebrew material on D&D Beyond (dndbeyond.com), what kind of license do I grant to Fandom Games for the material that I create by using its tools? Or more broadly, whose property is ...
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Would the following curse be too detrimental, too beneficial, or just right for a combat-focused campaign?

The Curse: Clockwork Curse All Attack Rolls the cursed target makes replace their d20 roll with a 10 instead of rolling, as per the effect of Clockwork Amulet. Extra Details: This curse is ...
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Which of these two homebrew adaptations of the Elemental Weapon and Flame Arrows spells to work is more balanced?

Which of these two homebrew adaptations of the Elemental Weapon and Flame Arrows spells to work with ranged weapons is more balanced? I was thinking of adjusting a couple of existing spells, namely ...
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How to create travel speed for homebrew vehicles [closed]

I'm working on a campaign where a giant forest covers the land where oceans should usually be. My party is going to have a vessel akin to a ship that will let them travel across this massive forest. ...
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Consequences of Relying on temporary hit points instead of armor for a homebrew class? [closed]

I am creating a homebrew tanking class for DND 5e, and I want to add some flavor rather than going with same formula as fighter, barbarian, and paladin. I am thinking that instead of armor the class ...
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Would it be unbalanced to offer a cambion's Fiendish Blessing as a racial feat for a tiefling player?

The Cambion monster in the MM p.36 has the trait Fiendish Bleesing: Fiendish Blessing The AC of the cambion includes its Charisma bonus. Would it be unbalanced to offer my player's tiefling ...
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How do you go about making a homebrew mount?

I wanted to make a custom mount but I'm not sure how to fully go about it. What I wanted to do was make a half-Dire Wolf, half-Worg. I've got the idea for the background story of how it was ...
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On D&D Beyond, how to create a shield that gives a ranged attack?

In D&D Beyond, I’m trying to essentially create a captain America shield. If I make its type a shield, then I can’t seem to make it give a ranged attack as an option. I’ve tried to add a ...
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How do I deal with metagaming/power-playing as a player? [closed]

I'm in a D&D Homebrew campaign that allows pretty much anything as long as it is written online. We have one player in specific who is frustrating and decided at the end of the campaign, he would ...

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