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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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What level would this cursed invisibility ring be best balanced for? [closed]

I am planning on running a campaign, and got an idea for a cursed ring of invisibility. Here are the technical (without the fluff) details. Cursed Ring of Invisibility Wearing this ring grants ...
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A spell that let's you travel to another setting. Which level would it be? [closed]

My last campaign took place in the Forgotten Realms. The characters lived in a kingdom, which was threatened to be annihilated by some strange outside force. In the course of the story, the characters ...
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What are the issues with an additional (limited) concentration slot instead of Bladesong?

My DM is frustrated with balancing encounters with my high AC as a Bladesinger and wants to make a modification for a more kiting/spell-heavy playstyle. The version of Bladesong my DM is looking to ...
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Creating a “Sacrifice Blood” Ability / A Cultist Character 5E [closed]

In a campaign, which is gonna start at the end of the month, I got the idea that I wanted to play a cleric, but I didn't want to play a simple "God Worshipping Healer". I had the idea: what if my ...
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How rare would a set of bags of holding/portable holes that share the same interior space be?

What would the rarity for a set of bags of holding and similar items like portable hole, that share the same extra dimensional space? It would be similar to how ender chests work in Minecraft, or ...
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How do I determine the rarity/level of a unique magic item or spell?

I am planning on making several new magic items and spells, as well as allowing my players to make some. As far as I know, the rules in the DMG only describe the relevant spell levels for spells ...
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How do I prevent a homebrew Grappling Hook feature from trivializing Tomb of Annihilation?

I am currently running Tomb of Annihilation and letting one of my players play a Revised Artificer homebrew. One of the features under the Gadgetsmith subclass is a Grappling Hook, with this ...
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Is this homebrew ice axe weapon balanced? [closed]

I need some feedback on two weapons: the ice axe in this question, and the warhammer in this other question. Just to quickly explain as the DM, I am expecting from my players to put up a hard-fight ...
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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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What problems might be caused by a PC having the Ooze type?

I am trying to make a homebrew slime race, and I'd like to know what complications might arise from a PC having the Ooze type, including ones caused by having Ooze AND Humanoid.
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Is my adaptation of the Battle Master as a Wizard subclass balanced relative to other Wizard subclasses and to the original Battle Master?

Background Motivation I wanted to create a subclass for Wizard that uses an expendable die resource to augment its magic and benefit its allies, similar to how the Battle Master Fighter expends ...
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How do I tell my Dungeon Master that her custom feat breaks my character?

I found out today that my DM (in a D&D 5e game) made some tweaks to my character's backstory, specifically some of the formative parts of his 'creation'. These changes are on the border of myth ...
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Is there a way to stun a creature without using a Save DC?

A (homebrew) greatsword has this feature: Heavy Blow. [...] If you hit with this very powerful attack, the target must make a contested Athletics check. If the target loses, it is stunned until the ...
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What would the 5e phrasing be for combining multiple attacks into a single attack?

A (homebrew) magic greatsword has this feature: Heavy Blow. When you take the Attack action on your turn, you may choose to forfeit your attacks for one very powerful attack. The powerful attack ...
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How much does adding the Pack Tactics trait to this homebrew monster affect its CR?

I am using this Beowolf homebrew monster as a basis to create a Large Mountain Wolf. It currently has a CR of 3, if I add the Pack Tactics trait (as listed below) to this monster, how does that ...
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Considerations for homebrew races/classes? [duplicate]

I have seen many people ask if their homebrew race is overpowered (myself included). What items should be considered when making a homebrew race or class?
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Can a prestige class have attribute prerequisites?

I homebrew a lot of a prestige classes and occasionally have felt like it made sense to have them require certain attributes. For example, a certain class might have Dex 15 as a prerequisite. However, ...
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4e D&D XP penalty on point of death [closed]

I recently introduced me son to D&D 4e. There is only the two of us, so I'm expecting death to occur more frequently. I want to implement a house rule that upon death (especially if we get a TPK ...
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How does the ability to cast healing spells affect a monster's CR?

I've been making a few homebrew monsters for my current D&D 5e campaign, and I ran into a problem when I wanted to create a creature that used healing magic. There were general rules for offensive ...
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How do I implement a challenge where time runs backward?

I'm DMing a D&D 5e campaign that has pockets of "weird time" (areas where time runs faster or slower than normal). It seems like I shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have an area where time is ...
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Rolling for Movement in Theatre of the Mind

From D&D 5e and "Theatre of the Mind" in combat, mxyzplk had the second highest answer about running combat in theatre of the mind. He mentioned: Same thing with movement. I have all ...
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How can I communicate to my players, that I like them to roleplay their skills more?

I am playing in a campaign I made myself using homebrewed rules based on a German pen-and-paper RPG called Das Schwarze Auge (DSA; The Dark Eye in English). I heavily influenced the character ...
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Is this Variant Monstrosity Druid balanced?

In my current campaign, I introduced a crazy scientist that uses mutagens in order to transform into different monsters. It’s really cool and really creepy. One of the characters in the party recently ...
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Encouraging piety in classes besides Paladin/Cleric [closed]

As a DM who has almost always played with inexperienced or casual players, I find many or most of those players trend towards homogeneity. They choose a patron deity and alignment when they roll up, ...
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Is it balanced to create a homebrew sentient magic item that can attune to other magic items and grant the user their benefits?

I'm imagining something like this: A sentient, magical armor piece (I. E., the Mcguffin) that can store multiple weapons or shields to be summoned when needed. You are attuned to the Mcguffin, and ...
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In the homebrew Gunslinger fighter subclass, what is the maximum grit you can have?

I'm reading over Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Fighter Archetype, and after buying it I realized it doesn't have any maximum value for grit points. Did Matt Mercer ever make a clarification on what it ...
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Is my nerfed version of the Healing Spirit spell in line with the relative power level of other sources of healing?

I have concerns about the immense healing potential that the Healing Spirit spell can put out. As it appears in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (page 157), the Healing Spirit spell is able to heal any ...
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Is this homebrew alternate Way of the Four Elements monk subclass balanced? [closed]

I've created a new version of the Way of the Four Elements monk. I don't have too many friends in the RPG community that could give me some good balance/playability feedback on such a thing, and was ...
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Good Resources for Making Custom Artwork for a Non-Artist? [closed]

I like to employ PowerPoint in my adventures with my party (Eberron right now!). I feel, as the DM, like it provides a "taste" of the world to my players and helps springboard their imaginations along ...
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Can a Reaction Cantrip be used as an action and bonus action? [closed]

I have a character in my most recent campaign. He is a homebrew race that weakens all checks and rolls in sunlight (unless properly covered), but gives +1AC and the Fire Bolt Cantrip. His scenario: ...
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Is this “Gelatinous Noob” ranger's animal companion balanced?

A while back I was struck with the idea of making a Beast Master ranger who has for their "animal" companion a miniature Gelatinous Cube. I set out to create the stats for said cube. Ignoring anything ...
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Is this “Superior Darkvision” spell balanced?

The spell would read as follows: Superior Darkvision 2nd-level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 1 hour You touch a willing creature to ...
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Is this alternate version of the Observant feat balanced?

I'm a DM and have a player who likes the Observant feat (PHB, p. 168): Increase your Intelligence or Wisdom score by 1, to a maximum of 20. If you can see a creature's mouth while it is ...
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How can I compensate for replacing darkvision with low-light vision for playable races?

I am homebrewing a post-apocalypse style world for D&D 5E, intended to be a mashup of Mutant Year Zero and D&D 5E. Thematically, one major point is that the world has been thrown into a ...
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How do you deal with sneak attack if you multi-class in classes with sneak attack? [closed]

How do you deal with sneak attack if you multi-class in classes with sneak attack? I understand that for now the rogue is the only class with sneak attack, but i we're using 3rd party and home brew ...
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How does my homebrew spell replacement for the Shadow Magic sorcerer's Hound of Ill Omen feature compare to the original?

We are starting a new campaign soon with 7 players. To avoid a lot of extra rolling and stuff, the DM banned summons (companions/mounts). I still wanted to play a Shadow Magic sorcerer (XGtE, p. 50-...
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Any good free programs for written an adventure/setting book.m [closed]

I've been working on an adventure and my own campaign setting. I want to be able to share them online in a professional looking pdf or eBook format. I was wondering if anyone here knows a good program ...
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How powerful would an always-on Truesight ability be for a PC?

How powerful would an always-on passive ability or magic item or whatever else that could grant truesight to a PC be? Let's say 60 ft. to match the range of races with Darkvision. For reference, here'...
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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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How can I improve this homebrew magic item so that it remains balanced across a wide range of levels?

I am considering the following homebrew magic item for my campaign: Ring, rare (requires attunement) While attuned to this ring, when you cast a cantrip that targets a single creature (but ...
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Is this homebrew feat for bards balanced (or even useful)?

I've been toying with the idea of a feat for a bard to allow for more sneaky play with things like mass suggestion. I think it could be fun and I was thinking of suggesting it to my DM for the bard I ...