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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].

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What is a fair amount of damage for a spiked shield? [on hold]

I had a shield commissioned in game. Semi large round shield, with essentially shortsword blades in the form of an asterisk on the face. My friend argues that it would still be a basic improvised ...
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Warlock homebrew Supernatural patron version 3! Is it balanced?

This is what I hope to be the last revision of my homebrew otherworldly patron, the Supernatural. (My previous two revisions can be found here: version 1, and version 2.) The Supernatural You ...
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Is this Kuo-toa homebrew race balanced?

On D&DBeyond, I've found this homebrew Kuo-toa race. There are others, even on D&DByeond, but this is the one that seems to most closely adhere to how the Kuo-toa appear in the Monster Manual (...
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Is this Half-dragon Quaggoth boss monster balanced?

This is going to be an early boss for my upcoming campaign. I have 7 5th-level player characters, and this fight is meant to challenge them quite a bit. There will also be a few minions. The story is ...
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Is multiple magic items in one inherently imbalanced?

I have an idea for a weapon that can permanently absorb items that require attunement to gain its properties (including its attunement requirement), up to 3. For example, the item alone does not ...
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Is this homebrew Supernatural warlock patron (v2) balanced?

A bit ago I asked if this Warlock patron was balanced. I was told to explain this patron a bit more, so here we go: The idea of this patron is that you have made a pact with some Lord of the Undead. ...
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Take 2! Is this homebrew Lady of Pain warlock patron balanced?

A little while ago I posted this homebrew Patron option here. I got some great feedback and have returned not only with an update but also with some homebrew Invocations that support the overall ...
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Can dragons reproduce in any ways other than 1+1? [closed]

I'm interested in lore from all editions and published homebrew except the fourth edition. This question is for a specific campaign of mine. General information about dragon lore of breeding habits ...
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Avatars of Nature [closed]

I would like to include in my world the ability for a PC to turn into an sort of aspect of nature based on one of several animals in my current campaign. I am using the transformation process for ...
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What is the Level Adjustment of this Gorilla Avatar of Nature template? (Version 2)

I would like to include in my world the ability for a PC to turn into an sort of aspect of nature based on one of several animals in my current campaign. I am using the transformation process for ...
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Is this Supernatural warlock patron balanced?

The Supernatural You have struck a pact with a great supernatural being, a great lord over the chaotic Undead. Unnatural Aura At first level, creatures with an Intelligence score of 10 ...
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How exploitable/balanced is this homebrew spell: Spell Permanency?

I would like to give my players the option of learning a way to make a spell or magical effect permanent. To this end I've created a homebrew spell, Spell Permanency (quoted below). Before ...
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Is this homebrew Lady of Pain warlock patron balanced?

I designed a warlock patron called the Lady of Pain. Is this subclass balanced against the other official warlock subclasses? The Lady of Pain You have quietly made a Pact with the Lady of ...
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What do I need to consider when creating homebrew items that scale with character level? [closed]

Mechanically versus subjectively this is difficult. It’s a homebrew idea after all. I want a low magic item campaign in terms of how many magic items players receive but because my players won’t be ...
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How can I add an alternate racial trait to a race in PCGen?

I'm trying to include some custom races into PCGen for simplicity (custom setting). I've got the races down, easy enough. The problem I can't figure out is how to add the alternate traits for a few of ...
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Does a Snake Sword user get an AoO for an opponent moving from one threatened square to another within range?

So I am starting a new character in an ongoing campaign and I was going to do a Chain Armor + Spiked Chains dual wield trip tank deal but I decided to see what other reach type weapons might be ...
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A “Weight” Based Class [closed]

So I don't exactly know if I'm in the correct place, whether on this site or if I should be on another site in the first place, but I'll ask here and if it's inappropriate I hope someone will direct ...
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Items that scale with level [closed]

I want to start DMing. I have a low level item I want to give, but it is not very useful starting out. I would also like to say I am not familiar with most of the magic items available. This is more ...
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Is this set of powers balanced?

The setting of my campaign begins with the players waking up and escaping after being experimented on. The experiments give them a tattoo that they will progressively discover, grants them exceptional ...
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Jumble mini-flail: is this balanced?

The jumble mini-flail is a mix of materials that: All-together causes 1d2 lethal damage & 1d2 non-lethal damage (yes you read that right). For every 2 hours searching a warzone or battleground ...
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Is this homebrew spell that briefly mind-controls an enemy and then paralyzes it for a round balanced?

I've given the following spell to a PC in the party: Blood Puppet 2nd-level necromancy Casting Time: 1 action Range: 60 feet Components: V, S Duration: 1 round Choose a living ...
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How to follow-up with updated versions of homebrew content? [migrated]

Disclaimer. I'm not sure whether this question should be asked in this stack, or in the meta (or somewhere else). I'll ask it here since for me it relates to designing content for RPGs specifically. ...
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What spell slot count formula can I use to base my homebrew mechanic on?

I've noticed that for full table magic users (spells going up to 9th level), a new level spell slot opens up every two levels, it goes like this up until level 17 where it caps off at that point ...
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What spell level should this homebrew After-Image spell be?

I came up with a cool spell idea, but I'm unsure of what level it should be. Here's the spell: After-Image 4th-level conjuration Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you would be ...
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Is this homebrew Spiritual Inquiry spell, an adjustment of Speak with Dead to be lower level, balanced as a 1st-level spell?

I feel as though necromancers have little undeath-related spells below 3rd level. Only necrotic damage. I wanted to change that. While it is relatively simple to extrapolate up and down in spell ...
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Is this Axemaster homebrew barbarian Primal Path balanced?

A little bit ago, I was exploring my first Barbarians, and noticed that a big, scary Greataxe was nearly always more effective than a Barbarian with two handaxes or even two battleaxes! So, I designed ...
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How might this homebrew undead hybrid character type unbalance combat compared to non-undead creatures?

About a week ago in-game (half a year IRL), a series of deadly events occurred resulting in two PCs becoming undead. One used to be a tabaxi, the other a high elf. Both of them are now undead versions ...
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Is this homebrew feat, Beast of Burden, balanced?

I'm working on a homebrew feat for a player with a specific agrarian background. I developed the following feat based on Squat Nimbleness racial feat from XGtE. Is this feat balanced as compared to ...
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Circle of the Flame Druid (V 1.6): Is this one more balanced?

As a follow up to the original balance question, and after some input from GiTP homebrew forum members and the goodly folks here at RPG.SE, the Circle of the Flame Druid as currently envisioned is, I ...
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Is this homebrew race with a day/night-dependent racial trait balanced? [closed]

I want to create a homebrew race for D&D, so that I may use it when I'll find a group (with the DM's approval, of course). The race is wolf related, so what I want to do is give them a night ...
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Do the following modifications to the 2019 UA artificer make it unbalanced with other classes?

From what I could tell, the 2019 UA Artificer lacked the cool factor in various areas and it was rather limited when it came to crafting, so I made the following modifications. Am I missing anything ...
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Is the Fencer subclass for fighters from the Giger's website homebrew content?

So, I was looking up Fighter subclasses in D&D 5e, and I came across a website called Giger's 5e D&D. In it there is a subclass called Fencer, and I was wondering if it's Unearthed Arcana or ...
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How would I stat a creature to be immune to everything but the Magic Missile spell? (just for fun)

My DM has, for the sake of adding some light-hearted fun to our campaign, introduced a magic chicken that has 1HP but can only die due to the magic missile spell. My question is, if we were to create ...
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Is this Sentient Vine Cloak magic item balanced?

I've got a level 8 halfling Circle of the Moon Druid who really enjoys using quirky Wild Shapes at every opportunity she can get. I want to encourage the creative beast choices during combat, and give ...
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How exploitable/balanced is this homebrew spell: Spell Ward?

I am designing a trap for my players. One of them has Disintegrate (known to their enemies), which would make escaping the trap relatively easy. I would like to block this method, once. To achieve ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of Flame druid subclass balanced with Circle of the Land druids?

Inspired by a question by Stephanos and tempered by the PEACH process at GiTP, I am asking for a comparison to Circle of the Land druid sub classes for this Druid proposed sub class, homebrew, since ...
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What is the rarity of my homebrew shortbow?

I want to create a custom magic item - a shortbow in particular. I want it to have a illusion theme but also a psychic damage theme, so here's what I've come up with. It will require attunement; it ...
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What is the Level Adjustment of this Gorilla Avatar of Nature template?

This homebrew evaluation question now has a more recent iteration here: What is the Level Adjustment of this Gorilla Avatar of Nature template? (Version 2) I am DMing a D&D 3.5 campaign. I would ...
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What type of damage would be used for an incompatible blood type? [closed]

For my campaign there is an option at higher levels to take a blood transfusion with a half orc half hobgoblin and I want the creature to take damage if they aren't either of those races, what damage ...
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With a known probability, how can I determine a roll to fit that probability to a population of n?

I'm working on making some homebrew settlement downtime activity, and I'd like to create a table that can provide some various outcomes for a group. So I"m looking for the math that allows to figure ...
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Is this Silencer homebrew ranger archetype balanced against the other ranger archetypes?

I'm planning a new campaign setting which treats most magic use as a significant cultural taboo, unless used by trained and certified practitioners. Use of magic by untrained individuals is seen as ...
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Is it still a binomial distribution when rolling dice with different probabilities that must be met to count a success?

How do you calculate the probability of success when success is two different criteria/probabilities? I'm theorizing a resolution system for a homebrewed mechanic that involves rolling a pool of ...
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Would this custom Sorcerer variant that can only learn any verbal-component-only spell be unbalanced?

I recently started reading through the Shannara books by Terry Brooks, and it got me thinking about how the notion of the wishsong would translate into a system like D&D. My (very) rough idea ...
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Is this Spell Mimic feat balanced?

While working on a character concept around using an opponent's strength against them, I thought of an ability that would make this cool for magic users. Initially, I thought it would be a bard ...
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What are the ramifications of creating a homebrew world without an Astral Plane?

I'm currently working on a homebrew world for a campaign of mine, which is currently on hold indefinitely, so there's no time pressure. Overall design intent: I don't want my world to be a clone of ...
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Where can I post a home-brew classes for peer review in the interest of balance? [duplicate]

I've created a new partial caster class that focuses on using spell slots solely for the purposes of suppressing magic in the world. I'm calling it the Void Mage. I've done my best to make it balanced ...
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What rarity should this homebrew Cloak of the Giant Guard item be?

Cloak of the Giant Guard (Wondrous item, requires attunement) When worn, this cloak gives a +1 to AC against any creature making a melee attack against you with advantage who is not the ...
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Where to get feedback on homebrews [closed]

I would like to post my homebrew subclass to get reliable feedback from the d&d 5e community. Do you have any suggestions as to what forums I should look to for that?
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What are the consequences of changing the number of hours in a day?

The phrase "24-7" is a common term for "all the time", referring to the 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. Early in one of the games I'm playing in one of the other players made an in-character ...
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How to balance a monster modification (zombie)?

I am DM'ing a campaign called "Army of the Damned" based on Magic the Gathering: Innistrad in which a horde of zombies is attacking a town. In the 5e Monster Manual, zombies have poison immunity but ...