Questions tagged [house-rules]

House rules are small fan-created additions and replacements to core rules in a rules set, and this tag should be used when there are locally-created rules at the core of the question. In most cases, they are not officially sanctioned by the designer, in contrast to optional rules (see the [optional-rules] tag). For creation of substantial new content or rules subsystems, use the [homebrew] tag instead.

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How does a creature counter the Frightened condition? [closed]

Some conditions have obvious counters—-for example, if prone, a creature can stand. But how does a creature counter being frightened of another who has successfully intimidated it into being ...
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Making decapitation work [closed]

Often it comes up where a PC has knocked a NPC (for this question, call them Random Grunt) down, and is threatening them, with decapitation or some similar threat of imminent mortal peril. Let's ...
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Would allowing barbarians to maintain rage as an action be unbalanced or permit shenanigans?

A barbarian's Rage ends early if your turn ends and you haven't attacked a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. Players of barbarians, including those in my own play ...
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Are spot enhancements inferior to hide enhancements?

I have been searching ways (with spells and items) to enhance the spot check and ways to enhance the hide check (with spells and items). We have a PC in our campaign maxing out his spot and another ...
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Hide in Plain sight (HiPs) - does it work if I cast light on myself?

Could a rogue with Hide in Plain sight (SP- e.g. shadowdancer) (HiPs) cast on themselves the spell light just to create shadows to hide in? Reading "light and darkness" in the rule ...
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How does class balance change when I remove spellcasting?

Let's say I want to DM a hypothetical, low-magic, homebrew D&D 5e game, that pits weapon-wielding heroes against supernatural foes and evil sorcerers. Think Conan the Barbarian or Game of Thrones ...
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What if the rules for corporeal creatures and incorporeal were symmetrical?

I previously asked this question in regards to the asymmetry between corporeals attacking incorporeals (having a miss chance of 50%) and incorporeals attacking corporeals (no miss chance) as per the ...
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Does this nerf to the Sharpshooter Feat make it too weak or unbalanced?

I'm getting pretty close to wrapping up a campaign where the highest damage dealing character in the party was a Sharpshooting Fighter, who in combination with the Crossbow Expert feat, was regularly ...
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What combat implications has this proposed alternative initiative rundown?

Combat in the WoD is notoriously lengthy. The git rundown is about this: Roll initiative Sort high to low Combat Round Start Announce spending of rage for extra actions & handle "pre round&...
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How strong is this stat generation method? Roll 20d6, drop 2 lowest, assign groups of 3 dice for stats

Is this imbalanced for character generation? Roll 20d6, drop 2 lowest, assign groups of 3 dice for stats. Context: We have tried multiple character generation methods in our group and I have come up ...
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Our GM has us roll new initiative every round. Just how broad of a change is this?

I am playing in a campaign based on Pathfinder 2nd edition rules. My GM decided to introduce the house rule of rolling initiative every round, basically altering one of the base concept of the game. ...
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Experiment with Two-Weapon Fighting Alteration: Is it Balanced?

I've been working on an alteration to how one engages in Two-Weapon Fighting, which I've disliked the vanilla version due to various well known, or at least heard, problems. Here are a couple spots ...
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Is there any reason Temporal Shunt couldn't be house ruled to cover Grapple, Shove, Arcane Shots etc.?

The reaction for Temporal Shunt is taken: when a creature you can see makes an attack roll or starts to cast a spell But Grapples, Shoves and some Arcane Shot options of the Arcane Archer don't make ...
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Does this tweak to Jumping rules have any pitfalls or problematic interactions?

My players and I were long ago accustomed to the D&D 3.5e ruleset, but now comfortably enjoy 5e's simplicity. Still, there are some rules that we preferred from the previous system that we felt ...
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Does adding "+1 Str" to the "Medium Armor Master" feat break the balance?

There are 5 "armor" feats in PHB: Lightly/Moderately/Heavily Armored, Medium Armor Master, and Heavy Armor Master. Four of them add +1 Str, of those some allow +1 Dex instead; Medium Armor ...
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Champion Subclass Alteration

I'm here today because I was wanting to get feedback on a few adjustments I've done to the Fighter subclass: Champion. Intent The motivation behind these alterations is to streamline some clunky text ...
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How do I balance PCs ignoring fluff-only hindrances?

I'm GM'ing a Savage Worlds (Adventure Edition) campaign, where the PCs have hindrances as usual: some directly affect the crunch and some only affect the fluff, e.g. Vengeful. I don't want my (partly ...
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Would allowing Draconic Sorcerors to be descended from the new dragon types be balanced?

The book Fizban's Treasury of Dragons has been released. While it does contain some player-oriented material (2 new subclasses), something it doesn't do is update the Draconic Sorcerer to have ...
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How should I handle giving a certain player a special ability in order to encourage roleplay?

I have a tiefling bard in one of my campaigns. In the campaign's universe, there is a lot of prejudice against tieflings. I wanted to encourage some roleplay by adding a homebrew rule that, when she ...
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What is a decent dice rolling strategy for partial/half advantage?

I understand that 5e is all about advantage and cancelling, etc. I understand advantage well, and the statistics. I was hoping there would be a commonly known dice rolling strategy with similar ...
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What balance pitfalls result from permitting an artillerist artificer to use ordinary, non-infused arcane foci for spellcasting?

For reasons of narrative flexibility, my group is considering house-ruling the artificer to permit using ordinary arcane foci (wands, staves, orbs, etc.) in addition to artisan's tools for ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow the protection fighting style to modify an attack roll after it's rolled?

I've just learned that the Protection fighting style is supposed to be used before any attack rolls are made, via this question: Can Protection Fighting Style Be Used After The Roll? In my group, we'...
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By numbers, is Booming Blade opportunity attack damage unreasonable?

The DM in a campaign where I am playing doesn't want to allow Booming Blade opportunity attacks with the Warcaster feat. Fluff-wise reasoning is, with OA there is not enough time to first "...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a player to move the tiefling's +1 Int bonus to a different ability score?

I'm in the planning phases of a campaign for D&D 5e, but using the Planescape setting. Since this setting is the one which introduced tieflings, I sent the table of potential tiefling traits to my ...
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what are the issues with rolling initiative every round, looking for mechanical reasons rather then opinion [closed]

A friend of mine has mentioned he is thinking of trialing rolling initiative at the start of every round in combat, vs 1 roll at the start of combat for his table. This sounds like a really bad idea ...
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Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced?

Would allowing a character to gain bonuses for two shields be unbalanced? I have a character I've been working on who worships a god of protection. The idea is that he will use two shields, but the ...
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Is it imbalanced to change a Warlock Subclasses' Expanded Spell List to Additional Spells Known?

Warlocks have a relatively limited number of spells known, and (in my experience) the fewest uses of spells throughout a given day in a campaign. I feel with these limits, it would not be unfair to ...
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Would allowing the Pact of the Blade warlock feature to hide a non-weapon be overpowered?

I am playing a warlock (Fiend patron, if it matters), and am trying to avoid some of the common min/max-ed stereotypes since they're likely to imbalance my party of beginners with unoptimized builds. ...
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Is this home-rule for adjusting the DC of being tracked balanced?

I have been looking into setting up an adventure in the wilderness for our table, where there is an element of being chased and the party is purposely trying to outrun and outsmart their chasers. ...
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Converting Purify Food and Drink to more useful units [closed]

The Situation: The party warlock (Pact of the Tome) has recently acquired the Purify Food and Drink spell as a ritual in his Book of Ancient Secrets. The party has just destroyed a hobgoblin base. ...
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Would DnD 5e style heightening unbalance the game?

Non-damaging spells like Fear, Slow and Haste increase the target count when heightened. However, not linearly as Hold Person or Blindness does in DnD 5e (+1 target / level) but quite randomly: Fear ...
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Are there any mechanical issues with removing the concept of "triggers" for readied actions?

Since I first read the Ready Action rules, the concept of a trigger rubbed me the wrong way. The idea that a character cannot adapt and improvise in the moment seems odd to me, and when I imagine them ...
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Would allowing Shillelagh to transform your staff into another weapon be unbalanced?

I am planning a (not explicitly optimised) Ranger/Monk character, that uses Druidic Warrior to cast Shillelagh: Druidic Warrior You learn two cantrips of your choice from the druid spell list. They ...
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Do Player Characters with a powerful build deal more melee damage like a monster would? [duplicate]

I have a player in one of the games I'm running that's a Goliath Paladin. He uses a greataxe and recently asked me if he could deal more damage like a "Large" monster could since he has a ...
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Is this Homebrew Advantage rule broken?

I know about this suggestion. Mine is an even further extension of that, and I'm asking about whether there are any further issues and whether I've fixed Lucky. I find the way 5e handles multiple ...
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Can "partial" surprise happen? Would it be an acceptable rule?

I'm thinking the "surprise round" rule (PHB page 189) just isn't fair. It says : If you're surprised, you can't move or take an action on your first turn of the combat, and you can't take a ...
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Is this Enhanced Eyebite balanced vs other spells of comparable level and utility?

I consider Eyebite a cool, but mechanically underwhelming spell for its level. I want to turn it into a balanced option. This question does not depend on if the original version is weak or not, I want ...
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Giving NPC Priests Turn Undead

Last night the party was adventuring in Curse of Strahd. In the previous session they had acquired the module-specific magic item and given it to an NPC accompanying them, In last night's session ...
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help with readied action [closed]

We roll a new initiative each turn to make it more random. The scenario: the fighter readies to attack the creature when it moves into his range. The creature moves but doesn't reach the fighter. on ...
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Can a high level Archer/Ranger catch an arrow fired at them? [closed]

Let’s say a highly skilled level 15 archer of whatever flavour is shot at by an enemy archer. Without using the gloves of missile snaring, could you have your archer use his reaction to catch the ...
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What would be the ramifications of allowing a Wild Magic Sorcerer's Bend Luck ability to scale with level?

I was wondering why a Wild Magic Sorcerer's Bend Luck ability is always 2 sorcery points and a reaction to increase or reduce another creature's attack roll, ability check or saving throw by 1d4. I ...
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Impact of Proposed Healing House Rule?

What is the probable impact of the following house rule? A Wisdom (Medicine) check can be used to restore hit points. This is a DC 0 check; the patient regains 1 HP for each point the result exceeds ...
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Making pit traps more interesting [closed]

I'm currently running the Barrowmaze campaign, which has many 10'x10'x10' pits, often in corridors, so there's no way around them. When reading the campaign, I thought they would be quite interesting, ...
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Good house rules for 1-on-1 game [closed]

I'm DMing a game for my son so this is his solo game, and first D&D game. For any dads or anyone else with 1 on 1 gaming experience, what are some good house rules to add? I was thinking of ...
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Does Wind Walk grant stealth benefits due to gaseous form?

There has already been some helpful discussion about whether wind walk in D&D 5e also gives the extra effects associated with gaseous form (Just how gaseous is the "gaseous form" of the ...
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How can I write a formula for this houseruled roll in AnyDice?

So here it goes: The roll is a pool of dice of d6s, d8s, and d10s. The minimum dice pool is 1d6 and the maximum dice pool is 10 dice. It could be 2d6 + 2d8 + 1d10, for example. Rolling 5+ is a ...
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House Rule - Upcasting Enlarge / Reduce to extend duration

The party is deep into my 5e-updated classic Greyhawk Giants series. The hill giants and their orc and goblin minions have attacked the Sterish city of Headwater and have taken about a quarter of the ...
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One of my players want to carry his familiar on his body and says it should not be targeted by enemies because it can hide on his body? [duplicate]

One of my players (of a rogue) said that he heard of DM's allowing the familiar to be carried on the players body. He use his familiar to help him in combat and get advantage on the attack roll. I ...
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What balance pitfalls result from this house rule regarding levitating creatures?

My table is considering the following house rule: A creature suspended above the ground and unable to move on its own (e.g., under the effect of the levitate spell) is especially susceptible to ...
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Will it break the game if healing in combat heals the max instead of rolling?

In the next week I will start a new campaign where I will be the DM. The players will be totally new to the DnD World. I want to let them to freely choose the class and race which they want to play, ...
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