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Questions tagged [homebrew-review]

For questions about evaluating the viability of new rules content homebrewed 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]. For questions about homebrew in general, use the [homebrew] tag.

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Need help balancing home-brew spells/abilities [closed]

Now sadly my test data is limited and erring to the extremes, so i'm looking for a bit of opinion. I'm looking to create some enemies with unique anti magic spells, specifically a third level spell ...
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Would this Cleric domain be balanced?

One of my players in a new campaign decided they want to play a cleric with a gambling addiction to a god of chance. I personally loved this idea, and we worked together to create a Luck Domain for ...
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Is this homebrew “Mask of Illusion” spell balanced?

The goal of the following spell is to cause observers to think that the target is an illusion. For example, you could cast this spell on yourself while entering a sleeping dragon's lair and if the ...
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Is this homebrew tower shield overpowered?

In my current 5e game the DM allowed our paladin to purchase this shield that was homebrewed by the DM: Armor (tower shield), common \$\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline \textbf{Cost} & \...
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Is this Portent-like homebrew spell balanced?

As a divination wizard, I love the Portent mechanic. There is little better than pointing at an ally about to unleash their biggest attack on the BBEG and telling them, 'you just rolled a 20' (or ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting Mechanic Balance

A while ago I put up a question for a balance pass on a homebrew fix for the Two-Weapon Fighting Style found here: Is this change to the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style balanced? A lot of people ...
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Polearm, reach homebrew weapon for Kensei Monk balance [closed]

I will be running a campaign and one of my players wants to play specifically a Kensei Monk with a polearm weapon that has reach and is not heavy or special, so he can use it as kensei weapon. He ...
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What level and class should have access to this homebrew ability-swap spell?

A friend of mine sent me this spell for Dungeons & Dragons 5e from somewhere: Swap 3rd level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet Components: V, S, M* Duration: ...
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Is this homebrew “Faerie Fire Grenade” unbalanced?

I am playing a druid in my friend's Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign. He is allowing me to do some things with exotic plants that I found in the wilds. One of those plants was one that shed a yellow ...
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Is this homebrew “Elemental Air patron” warlock subclass balanced?

I have created a new subclass for warlocks that is designed to be an option for those who would like to make a pact with a djinn or other mighty creature of Elemental Air. Is this balanced as ...
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Is my Murderous Celestial homebrew warlock patron (Version 2) balanced?

I posted this homebrew subclass earlier via this post. After feedback I've made some sweeping changes to reduce its' powerlevel. With these below changes, would this be considered a balanced and ...
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Is this “Fae Ancestry” homebrew sorcerer subclass balanced? [duplicate]

Continuing my current planar obsession I have made this Fae Ancestry sorcerer subclass. To me (I may be biased), it looks mostly fine except for Fae Charm, but I can't tell which is the reason I am ...
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Is this “Voidtouched” homebrew race balanced?

I have created another race to go along with the Faetouched and Shadetouched. This race is designed to be a (former) human, elf, dwarf, etcetera that was melded with some of the spirit of insanity ...
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Is this Murderous Celestial homebrew warlock patron balanced?

I'm hoping to get some feedback in order to keep this warlock subclass in balance - The Murderous Celestial. Context I'm the DM of a 5e D&D game. One of my players' characters is a Neutral-Good ...
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Is this “Shadetouched” homebrew race balanced?

Designed to be a Shadowfell counterpart to the Faetouched race, this race is humans/half-humans or descendants of humans/half-humans who stayed in the Shadowfell to long. Shadetouched Ability ...
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Is this “Faetouched” homebrew race balanced?

I have here attempted to create a race that is to humans and half-humans like Eladrin is to elves. I am slightly worried that it is overpowered and if it is, please let me know how I can fix it. ...
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Is this homebrew Slimefolk PC race balanced?

I have created a draft No. 4 of a Slimefolk race that I have created. I will say this is my first homebrew. (The full homebrew also includes a number of racial feats, which I may ask about separately.)...
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Seeking feedback on homebrew spell

I wanted a damaging spell for DnD 5e with a really high variance and decided to make my own. I think it’s reasonable, but I’d really love some peer review. Mary’s Hail - 3rd level evocation ...
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Is this “Slowed Spell” metamagic balanced?

I was thinking about the uses of the Sorcerer's Quickened Spell Metamagic option and came up with my own metamagic: Slowed Spell: When you cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 bonus action, ...
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Are the following anti-magical items balanced?

All the following items are part of one big ritual that disrupts magic for an entire world. I want each of the items by themselves to be a item of less power, but fitting to the theme of anti-magical, ...
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Are these magic items too strong for level 3-4 characters?

I'm running my first ever campaign. The party of 4 are trying to unite a valley community (a kobold tribe, a human village, and a dwarven expedition) together against the incoming orc invasion. If ...
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Is this homebrew “Thoughtseize” spell balanced? [Round 2]

See the previous round of feedback on my original iteration of the spell here. I was inspired by the Thoughtseize card from Magic, the Gathering to create a spell that achieves a similar effect. I ...
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Does the ki cost of Way of the Four Elements monk spells scale for higher level spells?

Background As I mentioned in this question, I have recently started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series and am inspired to improve the otherwise underwhelming Way of the Four ...
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Would the Four Elements monk be balanced with more disciplines and cantrips?

So I've just started watching the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series (it's quite a few years old now, but I've never watched it before), and immediately I am reminded of the Way of the Four ...
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Is this homebrew magic item, the Necklace of Peer Pressure, balanced?

The intent of this item is to provide a version of the spell Suggestion that is stronger than the base spell but not as powerful as Mass Suggestion. The party members who would receive this item will ...
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Are my homebrew alcohol rules and Way of the Drunken Gods homebrew monk subclass balanced?

I am DMing for an in-person group. One of my players wants to play a drunk monk, with inspiration from the famous Jackie Chan movie Drunken Master. I've been reading about a few homebrew classes but ...
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Is this homebrew spell Acorn Grenades balanced?

I have a character in my game who is having fun imagining himself army crawling around our druid's fog cloud, planting claymores and lobbing grenades. To that end I am looking to create a spell that ...
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Is the rarity of this homebrew Haunted Staff appropriate?

I'd appreciate an assessment of whether this homebrew staff is rated appropriately. Haunted Staff Staff, rare (requires attunement) A face is carved near the top of the staff, and every ...
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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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Is this 3rd level rogue feature a balanced replacement for the Inquisitive rogue's Insightful Fighting feature?

The Inquisitive rogue's 3rd-level Insightful Fighting feature (XGtE, p. 46) originally states: At 3rd level, you gain the ability to decipher an opponent’s tactics and develop a counter to them. As ...
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Fixing/Improving My Model of Reciprocal Economies [closed]

I’m unsatisfied with how things like reciprocal economies are usually handled in RPGs. I've come up with a homebrew mechanic of my own, but it's also far from perfect and I’m trying to improve it. In ...
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Is this conversion of the Sidhelien race from the Birthright AD&D 2E campaign setting balanced for ECL 0? (version 2.0)

The first iteration of this race can be found here. This is the second iteration of this race, due to excellent feedback by "Hey I Can Chan". Could everyone please evaluate the below race in terms of ...
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Is this conversion of the Sidhelien race from the Birthright AD&D 2e campaign setting balanced for ECL 0?

Could you please evaluate the below race in terms of balance issues? I am trying to keep it at ECL 0 but some of the qualities while minor are a bit difficult to evaluate when combined. Sidhelien (...
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Is this homebrew “Thoughtseize” spell balanced?

[Note: This homebrew spell has been updated in a Part 2 post] I was inspired by the Thoughtseize card from Magic, the Gathering to create a spell that achieves a similar effect. Thoughtseize is a ...
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What rarity should this homebrew scimitar fused to a wand of the war mage be?

I made a weapon in D&D 5e: A silver-plated scimitar that has a +2 wand of the war mage fused along the back of the blade, and an Arcane Focus crystal embedded in the hilt. I also placed 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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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 balanced is this homebrew flavor modification to the Kensei Monk subclass?

I've recently been playing a Way of the Kensei monk (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything), and am currently level four. While I like the subclass and most of its mechanics, it disappoints me a bit ...
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Is this homebrew Way of the Lynx monk subclass underpowered?

Hey people of the D&D community. I need your opinion about this subclass and whether if it's underpowered or not. It may not look like much against the 5-finger-heart-exploding-punch of the open ...
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Is this alternate Draconic Ancestry trait (that grants flight) a balanced replacement for the dragonborn's Breath Weapon trait? [closed]

A player with a Dragonborn PC recently requested that he be allowed to grow wings and gain a fly speed in our game. I didn't really like any of the alternate Dragonborn options that allow flight, so ...
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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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Is this Homebrew Eldritch Invocation, Accursed Memory, balanced?

Accursed Memory, Prerequisite: 5th level You can cast Hex at will as a 1st-level spell, without expending a spell slot or material components. This invocation is pretty straightforward, but, ...
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By how much would incorporating the “Benny” system from Savage Worlds affect the game in 5e?

In Savage Worlds, I particularly like the "Benny" system, and I was wondering what the effects of incorporating this into 5e might be? So basically, the Benny system grants each PC 3 Bennys at the ...
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Pathfinder warbow concept review - redux

This is a revisit of the warbow initially described in this question. Consideration was given to all answers, and combined/adapted for the below. Primarily, some of the spell storing abilities were ...
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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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Pathfinder warbow concept review

This is a review request for a warbow, intended for the Pathfinder system. The purpose behind the creation of this particular item was to allow the player to quest for a magic item that was not ...
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Will doubling the price & damage of grenades make them balanced compared to other weapons?

Context: I'm running a group through the Dead Suns adventure path. This is the first time any of us have used Starfinder. One of the party members is an ysoki envoy who would like to focus on grenades ...
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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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Is this homebrew equipment, Amulet of Honour, balanced?

In a campaign that I am running, one player is a Cleric with the War Domain. I made a special quest for him that is given to him by his god. If completes the quest he will receive an amulet. I am ...
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Is this conversion of a Cloud Ray Elder CR 16?

In the finale of the 3 part series on Cloud Rays, we take a look at the stat line of the largest pancake in the universe. From Pup to Adult to finally Elder, I am hoping to gain insight on the balance ...