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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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Homebrew, Class or race? [closed]

I want to make a class/race for people with spirit animals. I want this to be a born trait, but I want it to improve over time. Most of my ideas point to Class, (but mine are called "soul changers" ...
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How to balance the Zealot in a setting without resurrection?

So in our homebrew universe, we don't have resurrection (as we feel it cheapens character dead, etc, etc... don't really want to get into that debate). Spells like revivify, raise dead and ...
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Is this homebrew sword of wind control based on “Grasscutter” overpowered?

I'm not the best when it comes to homebrewing magical weapons but I really want this to be in 5e. There is a sword from japanese mythology called Ame-no-urakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, "Sword of Gathering ...
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I want my players to face clones of themselves as a Boss. How do I run them without making it too hard or going easy on them?

I'm running a custom RPG (based on the universe of Boktai, an old GBA game) with a group of six players. We are pretty far into the campaign and the players are getting pretty close to face the final ...
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If I give max-level player characters a 1-level multiclass dip, will it cause any major problems?

My players are level 18 on our 2-year campaign. I am in the process of writing a story where they will switch souls. After that campaign, I thought of rewarding all of them with a 1-level dip in any ...
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Is a dual element weapon unbalanced?

I was thinking of a homebrew magic weapon to give one of my players, and wanted to see if anyone that it would be unbalanced or broken. It is a longsword that is black and white, split down the ...
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How can I use a polearm with Reach as a Monk/Kensei weapon?

I want to make a dexterity based support character that uses weapons mainly for self-defence and not for offence. She will be multi-classed as a Monk/Cleric and themed as a Japanese shrine maiden. ...
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What is a rope arrow? How does it work? [closed]

My character is stuck in a tree (as archer) with 20+ Kuo Tao around it. I want to get back to our camp without dying or luring them towards it. Our DM gave us the option to buy "Rope Arrows" but I ...
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Making a custom magical armor piece clothing [closed]

One of my players is playing 5e. A homebrew class called Princess and she can't wear armor, and she wants a magical dress. But I am not sure how to make a unique magical item armor for a dress. I am ...
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What would this homebrew feature mean by applying multiple damage types to a single damage roll? [closed]

I want to play a homebrew mechromancer, specifically the one from https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Mechromancer,Variant(5e_Class) and I was looking at the Misc. spell Core Burst. It says "On a failed ...
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How can I modify the 5e level system to model a Pokémon creature's 1–100 levels? [closed]

One of the homebrews I am making is a Pokemon homebrew, but the source material uses a 1-100 Level System. As you know, 5e stops leveling at 20. Of course, the obvious solution is to just divide all ...
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Do reflex saves for half damage also halve potential bonus damage?

I am playing a homebrewed "Flame Disciple" class in heavily modified version of D&D 3.5, which has an ability that adds a certain amount of extra damage to attacks made with fire. The spell-like-...
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Which of these two magic daggers is better for a my rogue?

My rogue with 34hp just found a new dagger for the first time. Being new to D&D, I was filled with excitement for my first new weapon. Then I really read the card and now I'm thinking my old store-...
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Is There A Rule Variant Permitting Casters to Take Additional Cantrips In Place of Spell Slots?

I only have the PHB and DMG. I'm the usual DM. My friends are more interested in using Cantrips than developing high level spells. More for fluff than for combat variety, to be sure. I'm sure RAW ...
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Is there anything that can bypass temporary hit points?

I have found a wizard spell from The Book Of Lost Spells, called Soul Shield. In my opinion, it is super overpowered, but my DM has allowed it. The spell says that a wizard can convert their "real" ...
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Could an illusionary light spell like this work?

Would it be possible to create a "light" spell which is under the illusion school of magic instead of evocation like the original light spell is? My thought was to make a spell which would fail to ...
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How to balance “one” PC that is two weaker characters combined?

One of my players has requested that his next PC actually be two characters, similar to "Ferra & Tor" from Mortal Kombat, essentially a small wizard (or other magic user) riding a big barbarian (...
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Is this homebrew Monk archetype with sneak attack too overpowered?

So I came across a homebrew archetype for Monk called Way Of The Lynx. The abilities at the higher levels are completely okay, but the one in question is the third level, Sneak Attack: Starting at ...
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Is a feat that allows one more swift/immediate action per round balanced?

The epic SRD has this feat: Multispell [Epic] Prerequisites: Quicken Spell, ability to cast 9th-level arcane or divine spells. Benefit: You may cast one additional quickened spell in a ...
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How much should this homebrew ioun stone cost?

I want one of my NPCs to have a custom Ioun stone: Ioun stone, dark galena Aura moderate evocation; CL 12th Slot none; Weight —. With a command word, the user may activate or de-...
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Bounty Boards: How to make them fair and make sense

So I wanted to create a new adventure hook I could use over many campaigns and figured, "Hmm, most medieval settings would have bounty boards set up in towns, offer prices for people willing to go out ...
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What can I do to polish and refine my new homebrew class? [closed]

I just finished writing a rough draft of a new homebrew class for the Forgotten Realms setting. Ultimately it's for a specific player's personal needs and interests, but I tried to design it with ...
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Complications from Adding a Magic Attribute?

I've been working on a Pathfinder campaign. The backstory of the homebrew campaign I'm running implies that some characters are born with an amount of magical strength that sticks with them throughout ...
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How do I convert a god from 3.5 to 5e?

I am currently a player in a d&d 5e campaign in which we are going to use a homebrew god prestige class. My DM is homebrewing most of the gods (with stats that PCs can fight) from scratch and I ...
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How can I add 'rune' mechanics?

I'm currently DMing a 5e campaign and am thinking of adding some home brew content. One of which is to include the use of magical runes, it's just a thought at the moment but I think it could add a ...
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Playing an intelligent item?

One of my players desperately wants to play as an intelligent item. I know intelligent items exist as "npcs" and I was hoping for some canon way to do this for him. Or at worst home-brew it. ...
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Are the cleric and druid spell lists separate for purely thematic reasons, or due to other balancing factors in the class designs?

I'm considering a lazy approach to creating a Power of Nature Sorcerous Origin simply by swapping "druid spell list" in for "cleric spell list" in the Divine Magic class feature of the Divine Soul ...
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Effects of Non-Damage Spells (Antimagic Field) on CR

General Background The Dungeon Master's Guide contains copious rules for estimating the effects of traits on a creature's Challenge Rating. Some, of course, have greater effects than others. The DMG ...
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Necromancer Life Tap [closed]

One of my players wants to play a necromancer, using the following homebrew class: https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Necromancer_(5e_Class) I have some concerns about the feature "Life Tap". From my ...
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Is this weapon based Monastic Tradition balanced as compared to current monk archtypes? [closed]

So I got to thinking about monks and how there were many "warrior monks" who often dealt with using weapons such as pikes and bows in real life. I set to work building another Monastic Tradition (The ...
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How do I determine the to hit modifier for homebrewed attacks?

I'm planning on making a campaign that uses elements from monster hunter where my players are the hunters and they must kill the monster. I want to give the enemies unique attacks I've made myself, ...
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Are there official guidelines on 5e feat creation or modification?

The DMG has a wealth of information on creating or customising monsters, spells, magic items, races, classes, and backgrounds. It seems to have no information whatsoever about feats. I've done some ...
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Is a homebrew item which gives disadvantage to all targets of spell once per day balanced?

Long story short, I was the DM running my adventure when one of the players asked if he could DM for a few session. In the last session, the level 6 party acquired a few magic items, one of them ...
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How can I go about homebrewing a balanced FR-friendly Pokémon trainer class? [closed]

I love the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, and it works fine all of my players except one. That player only really becomes invested when a campaign involves Pokémon. During the planning stages of ...
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Adapting Model UN to RPGs [closed]

In High School my friends and I was a member of my school's Model United Nations club (or is it a team?). We had a lot of fun. When I left for college I got new friends who were into RPGs. We've ...
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How to handle a Tiny Player Character in 5e?

Are there any official rules for tiny characters in 5e? I have a player who is wanting to play a Sprite character. I have found what seems to be a balanced race build here, but I can't find any ...
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How to alter monsters for “bounded accuracy”? [closed]

I was wondering if it's feasible to run 4th edition without the continuous inflation of numbers every level, removing the custom of adding half your level to every roll. The biggest change this would ...
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Is it okay for the DM to create their own world, races, classes, and abilities?

First post and newish to tabletop RP games Is it normal/acceptable for DMs to essentially create their own world, races, classes, and abilities? I have kept some of the traditional races and classes ...
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Can I publish my own books for use with D&D 5th edition?

I've had artistic skills since I was a kid and I love D&D, and I want to create some books. I would be trying to fund them with KickStarter — 100 new monsters, 100 NPCs, 100 map tiles, and stuff ...
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Is this homebrewed Magical Mandolin unbalanced?

I have created this D&D 5e item for a player's Bard character in my new campaign, but I'm not sure if this could be abused or is simply over- or underpowered. This is a brand new campaign with a ...
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Is this proposed weapon balanced against the Holy Avenger

In a game I'm involved in, we've been offered the opportunity to request certain magic items that we'd like to encounter, including custom items. Taking the offer, I'm interested in something along ...
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Using FATE Core to play a TITANFALL storyline [closed]

Specifically I'm looking for any advice on adapting FATE (or any generic RPG system really but I own FATE) for Titan combat. Thank You!
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Can a demigod drown? [closed]

I'm starting a new 5e campaign with my players where they are all demigod, inspired by this blue text https://imgur.com/gallery/7zzpt They are still figuring who they want to be and what God they ...
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Modifying Gumshoe One-2-One difficulties for non-horror campaigns

Cthulhu Confidential is very clear that its Challenge Difficulty Table (p53) assumes the game wants to achieve a horror atmosphere (of the dread type as described in Nightmares of Mine). The ...
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Join a ongoing campaign as a level 10 character (beginner) [closed]

I am a new player who is about to join an ongoing campaign as an Pugilist homebrew class. The character needs to be level 10. Since I'm a beginner, I have only created level 1 starting characters at ...
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Is there a spell area of effect sizes write up?

I am working on A D20 Mod for a homebrew campaign setting. At the moment I'm working on the magic. The SRD has a breakdown of the spell ranges... Close Range: 25 feet +5 per caster level. Medium ...
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What level should I give to this custom spell?

I am attempting to add spells similar to ones the mage class has in World of Warcraft to wizard/sorcerer spell list. I decided to begin with Ice Block as it is basically a staple of a Frost mage. ...
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How do I cost out a homebew magic item: Mutex Bag Of Holding?

For the Pathfinder RPG, the costs and limits of a Bag of Holding are defined pretty clearly. Though it comes in four different types, I'll take a Type I Bag of Holding as an example. The Type I bag ...
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Is this Eldritch Crystal Familiar overpowered?

My friend is DMing a campaign, and I've been helping him balance out the homebrew content the players request. The most recent request is a custom familiar that the PC is getting through the Magic ...
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Does this homebrew incarnum feat work as intended?

Does this homebrew feat work as intended, i.e. granting a class the incarnum class level advancing ability of an incarnum prestige class (minus most of the essentia and plus new tiers of chakra binds):...