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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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How do I evaluate whether my homebrew race is balanced?

I've just created a couple of homebrew races for my players to potentially choose from for an upcoming campaign. The problem is, I have no idea how well they stack up against the official races when ...
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Guidelines for creating homebrew classes (base/PrCs)

Is there any (official or not) guidebook to the creation of classes, both prestige and base, that does not simply state what you must pick for a class (BaB, saves, concept, profficiences), but ...
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How do you level an atypical Follower?

In my last game (and also my first game as a DM), one of my players earned the loyalty of a Giant Goat (MM pg 326) by freeing it from its cell, avenging the death of its brothers by slaying a bridge ...
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How do you make new playable races?

I would like to create a new race which you can play as a PC without it being too overpowered for normal game settings. I would like one with wings, but are wings (even wings with clumsy ...
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How are spells made permanent in 5e?

As we all know, the golden-age era of spellcasters having access to spells like Permanency is now over with the arrival of 5E. I am now DM'ing a top-tier campaign, and several of my PCs are casters ...
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How can I check to make sure my homebrew class is balanced compared to pre-existing classes?

A friend and I are embarking on a little project for fun: creating a new class for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We have already referred to the DMG section about modifying classes and races etc. ...
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Looking for (even unofficial) duelist variants

As @KRyan told me, it seems like the duelist PrC is a little bit broken. But my party is currently lost in the middle of savages countries far from any civilization and it is very unlikely that I meet ...
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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 are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells?

Background Rangers have the spellcasting class feature. It allows the Ranger to cast a small number of spells from the Ranger spell list, which has a lot in common with the Druid spell list (much ...
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Punishing a player for instant-actioning

I GM a home-made D&D-style game which my friends and I play, and we had a scenario go as follows: After a player-character threw something at the wall, the players rolled a one and I was ...
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What are the dangers of renaming spells and changing their flavour, without changing mechanics at all?

I'm about to help get a bunch of interested new players into D&D, running a one-shot for them to give them a feel for the game and hopefully a fun first-taste of tabletop roleplaying. Before ...
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Is this homebrew “Throwing Weapons Master” feat balanced?

I'm trying to create a Fighter/Warlock character based on Kratos in the newest God of War game, who wields a two-handed axe which he can throw and summon back to his hands. Pact of the Blade Warlock ...
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Using an Improvised Spellcasting Focus

This question is a companion to this one that focused on crafting an improvised spellcasting focus. Here I wish to focus on using such an improvised focus. If a caster typically uses a spellcasting ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced? (Second Iteration)

This is the second iteration of this question about the first iteration of this feat (I have now made a third iteration) I have now added in some of the suggestions given by linksassin such as ...
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What feats should I take to optimize a dragon shaman grappler?

I was hoping to create a dragon shaman using this home brew version of it. My question is what feats should I take to optimize it to be a grapple tank? (By grapple tank I mean that I want him to ...
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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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How should one handle tournament jousting? [closed]

I'd like to run a jousting tournament within a D&D game as a nonlethal (but nevertheless dangerous) sporting event, rather than as an actual combat. Specifically, two mounted contestants with ...
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To what extent is reskinning acceptable?

At what point does reskinning become gamebreaking? If a player desperately wants to swap out a Force keyword for Fire, is that going to destroy the combat system? I know there's a precedent for it ...
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Are there guidelines for homebrewed content?

I am going to be a first-time DM in the near future, and one of the players wants to run a homebrewed class that sounds pretty exciting. I'm eager to include the class, but some searching only turned ...
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Matching TWF to GWF DPR output with magic item

I'm new to D&D. I currently have one character built: a human fighter. I've given him the Two-Weapon Fighting (TWF) fighting style, as it sits nicely with his character. I'm currently at Level 3, ...
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A system ranking epic levels alongside divine ranks?

I was wondering how many epic levels could I say one divine rank is worth. Of course, this is a difficult question to answer with precision, considering that wizard 21 for epic spellcasting is ...
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Is this runecaster feat balanced?

This feat is intended to allow characters to store a spell in a rune (like you see in many dungeons) with activation conditions. It is intended to scale with the party as the party gets better spells. ...
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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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Can I stop this homebrewed Lucky Coin ability from being exploited?

My group has a cleric of Tymora (goddess of good fortune) and I am considering giving them a custom magic item that ties in with the idea of luck. The item is a coin with Tymora on one side, and ...
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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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Is homebrewing D&D okay?

I am DMing for the first time, and I am really excited about playing D&D. I love the idea of it because it is so open ended. I want to increase the amount the players can do in terms of skills, ...
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How can I make diseases non-trivial?

As noted here, diseases in 4e seem more trivial than I think they were intended: they rarely last more than one increment! What rules can I make/break, or what actions can I take, so that contracting ...
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Would giving Sorcerer archetypes extra “spells known” unbalance them?

Sorcerers don't have many spells. If I compare them to other full casters (I'm not including Warlocks in this because they work entirely differently), namely Bards, Clerics, Druids and Wizards, then ...
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How to effectively combine Ars Magica's Agent rules with Reign's Company rules?

This question was originally posed hypothetically in this Answer and ensuing comments. I am attempting to do something very similar to this as seen in this Question. In that question I am looking ...
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How would adding a darkvision racial trait to Dragonborn affect balance?

Dragonborn, as I understand it, are considered to be one of the weakest, if not the weakest, playable race. Their flavour is cool, especially for people who like dragons, but their being sub-par in ...
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Would giving PHB Ranger archetypes extra “spells known” unbalance them?

There are two ranger archetypes in the PHB; the Hunter and the Beastmaster. There are three ranger archetypes in Xanathar's Guide to Everything; the Gloom Stalker, Horizon Walker and Monster Slayer. ...
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How long would it take for me to train my animal companion to use a shortsword?

I am using the UA Revised Ranger in one of our D&D games. I am currently 2nd level and have had my Ranger animal companion from the start instead of summoning him at 3rd level (the wolf doesn't ...
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Is there an effect on player's reaction to treasure when raising the value of gold relative to other coins?

In fantasy games related to D&D the currency usually follows the 10 cp = 1sp, 10sp = 1gp pattern. This is convenient and fairly logical, but in my play throughs gold just didn't have much weight ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and while we've run RP-only disadvantages in the past, this time around he wants mechanics to back it up. He's interested in taking on the ...
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What level should this exhaustion-causing spell be?

Sap strength Casting Time: 1 action Range: 90 feet Components: V, S, M (a piece of a jellyfish) Duration: Instantaneous Choose a creature that you can see within range. The target gains a ...
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How to build a flexible and scalable system for PCs' NPC organizations? [closed]

Background: I am preparing to run a campaign using Dark Heresy Second Edition. Although this is nominally an investigative game, several key non-combat mechanical systems are either anemic or missing ...
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What determines whether a magic item requires attunement?

As many of my players are into flavorful, unique magic items, I've been attempting to create some custom magic items. Most of them are fairly simple, a sword with an extra 1d4 shock dmg, a broach ...
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What class archetypes can replace a Witch's spellcasting ability?

One of our players does not enjoy the metagame of spell memorization / resource management that comes with spellcasting. Our GM has allowed us to retcon her archetype to replace or scale back the ...
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How can I convert poisons in the DMG to level appropriate class abilities?

I've just about finished up a Pharmacist class, which uses "recipes" instead of spells. (The recipes create short term use items) However, I'm stuck on one last step regarding the poisons. For the ...
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What would be the consequences of using a rapier made of gold? [closed]

If my rogue were to use as a weapon a rapier made of gold, how would the weapon perform? Would a gold rapier be as sharp and as deadly as a normal rapier? Would a gold rapier need special ...
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Is there a way to duplicate the range & power of rolling stats with a homebrew point buy?

One of the benefits of traditional rolling stats (4d6 drop lowest) over point buy is that you have access to a wider array of stats. You can roll as high as an 18, and on rare occasions as low as a 3. ...
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Quiver of Ammunition

I am working on a custom magic item whose purpose is to provide an archer with unlimited arrows. Yes, I am aware that such a property already exists for weapons called endless Ammunition +2. I however ...
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Are there balance issues with homebrewing a magic item setting a character's Wisdom, Charisma, or Dexterity score to 19?

The DMG provides the following stat-increase items: Gauntlet of Ogre Power (Strength) Headband of Intellect (Intelligence) Amulet of Health (Constitution) Each of those set a stat to "19" unless it'...
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How can I roll a character's age using only d6?

I'm making a simple, slightly comedic home-brew RPG where a lot of the characters' base stats are randomized for comedic effect. This includes the characters' age. (So you can have a ridiculously ...
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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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Does replacing Metamagic with a delayed Arcane Tradition have glaring balance issues?

In an answer to a related question, linksassin suggests an untested variant rule to apply some wizard flavor to the sorcerer class. I've attempted to formalize this approach and want to verify that I ...
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How could I play a Half-Dwarf Half-Elf?

Half-human half-elf is a race mentioned in the D&D handbook. Is there also a half-dwarf half-elf combination? And would that be common? If it doesn't exist, how could I create the stats for it ...
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Balance Implications of Divine Smite Doing Necrotic Damage?

I have a True Neutral Paladin that is also a Fallen Aasimar. He has fully embraced darkness, letting it into his heart and spurned his celestial heritage. He hasn't gone fully evil purely because he ...
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How to rule attacking and damage with a bear trap mounted on a pole?

One of my players is a 5th level minotaur barbarian in our 5e game, and has decided to mount a bear trap at the end of a 10 foot pole. He has also bent a few of the teeth backwards, so the foes can't ...
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How might this undead player character type unbalance combat?

In a recent session, a player character in my game died. Due to events involved in the player's backstory and their attachment to the character, I offered to have the character rise from death as ...