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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. For creation of ...

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Are there any alternative Creatures creation rules for the Star Trek RPG by Decipher?

The rules given in the books, whether it's the Narrator's Guide or the Creatures supplement, are a mess. Creatures created with the rules from the Narrator's Guide are ridiculously feeble, and ...
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How much does “Defender Wins Ties” affect challenge rating math?

In my group, we couldn't be bothered in session 1 to look up whether the attacker needed to score equal to or greater than the defender's AC in order to hit. We decided to live in a "defensive" world, ...
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Consequences of having half damage on attacks that tie AC as house rule?

Typically if an attack roll equals the AC of a target then the attack does normal damage. I quite like the idea of making it a glancing blow, dealing half damage instead, this would help clue the PCs ...
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Would treating critical hits as “called shots” have unintended consequences?

While running a session, I found that some of the players would like to "call shots". Now while I don't want to allow "crit on desire" by always aiming for the head/eyes/etc., I was thinking about ...
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What imbalance might arise from this alteration to the two-weapon fighting style?

It's generally accepted that the two-weapon fighting style is considered a subpar option. It's disappointing when going by the numbers, the mechanics (just add a small bonus to your one extra attack), ...
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Is multi-classing with a lower ability score unbalanced?

The PHB states that the pre-requisites for multi-classing are as follows: \begin{array}{l|c|c} \textbf{Class} & \textbf{Ability Score} & \textbf{Minimum} \\ \hline \text{Barbarian} & \...
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Why is allowing players to stack their skill proficiency bonus overpowered?

I am the DM for a campaign and play with the following house rules: When gaining proficiency in any skill (during character creation, taking the Skilled feat, etc.), you may choose a skill more ...
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What would be the ramifications if I allow a bonus action to be done as a regular action?

I understand the rules as specified state that a bonus action cannot be done as regular action. What would be the long term ramifications and effects on game balance if I where to allow a PC to use a ...
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Are there serious Balance Implications to permitting Bonus Actions to be Readied/Prepared?

My Ancients Paladin is commonly stymied by the limitation on Readied Actions, in that Bonus Actions cannot under any circumstances, per RAW, be "prepared". For example, suppose a Paladin wished to ...
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Does this change to Casting a Spell have balance complications? [closed]

The Rule Casting a Spell Bonus Action A spell cast with a bonus action is especially swift. You must use a bonus action on your turn to cast the spell, provided that you haven't already taken a ...
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Should the Swashbuckler Fancy Footwork ability apply to my Crossbow Master rogue in melee range? [closed]

I was recently intrigued with the idea of a Swashbuckler rogue and decided to see what I could do. I wanted to kind of make a duel crossbow buccaneer so I went with the Crossbow Expert feat When I ...
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Will Open Legend’s “Every Roll Matters” rule unbalance my D&D 5e campaign?

I have recently stumbled upon the Open Legend (OL) RPG. I often play as a D&D 5e gamemaster and I was wondering if the “every roll matters” rule could fit D&D gameplay style. From The Core ...
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Is this houserule preventing effects from dropping creatures to below 1 HP if they make their save exploitable or broken?

I'm playing with the idea of adding a new house-rule to my sandbox-style game. The rule is as follows: If you succeed on a saving throw against an effect, that effect cannot make you drop below 1 ...
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Variant Spellcasting for Warlocks [closed]

I was looking at the Warlock in 5e and wondered: what would it be like if they were a 'full caster'? The idea I had would be that their cantrips and spells known would remain the same, as well as the ...
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Vampire V5 Old Tremere [closed]

Vampire 5th changed a lot about clan flaws and even more about the Tremere. Now, since we want to play the new system in the Dark Ages as well, I'll definitely need to have an alternative flaw for ...
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Would limiting Paladins to 1 Divine Smite per turn make them weaker than other classes?

It's no secret that paladins have a very high burst damage thanks to Divine Smite (and the ability to use it on every melee weapon attack as long as you have spell slots to burn), but this has proven ...
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Is this house-rule limiting Disengage broken?

I'm a new DM and I recently ruled in a game that a PC that disengages takes no opportunity attacks from enemies they are currently in melee range of, but will take opportunity attacks if they try to ...
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What balance issues would arise from a house rule imposing a saving throw versus exhaustion after a PC falls unconscious?

In my last campaign, some combat encounters got pretty ridiculous, mainly due to some player characters falling unconscious and getting back up every turn. I remember one combat encounter in ...
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Where can I find Matt Mercer's Critical Role House Rules?

I'd like to use house rules from Critical Role in my own campaigns, and while we may tweak them once we've tried them, they seem to work well for Matt and his players, so what they use would be a good ...
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Can a monk substitute the Grappler feat for their Deflect Missiles feature and still maintain class balance?

A monk is characterized as being all about unarmed combat. While grappling in combat is generally viewed as something to avoid due to its convoluted rules, one of my players wishes to make her monk a ...
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How might my unwitting houseruling of Sculpt Spell affect play?

Sculpt Spells, a class feature for Evocation Wizards, says the following: Sculpt Spells Beginning at 2nd level, you can create pockets of relative safety within the effects of your evocation ...
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Would allowing Path of the Storm Herald to change aura type after a rest unbalance the class?

I'm currently playing a Path of the Storm Herald barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 10-11). Would allowing my character to change aura type after a rest make the class unbalanced? I ...
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Is there anything I should be wary of introducing this rule for unconsciousness into my games?

3.5 is pretty lethal, and I always felt it was a little weird that a sorcerer was unconscious for the same amount of time before dying as a barbarian. So I've been tinkering with the following house ...
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Will increasing bonds per character for a campaign with a large, rotating group of PCs break the game?

This question is a child of In what ways will having too many players negatively impact a Powered by the Apocalypse game?, I give full background there, but the important part is that I expect to be ...
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If Beast Master Rangers could use bonus actions to attack with their companion, what problems would occur?

If a clause was added to Beast Master Rangers to allow them to spend a bonus action to have their companion to make a single attack after the ranger makes their own Attack action, what would the ...
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Is it too broken to house rule that the spell Healing Elixir heals an additional d4 per slot level used? [closed]

Is it too broken to house rule that the spell Healing Elixir (from Unearthed Arcana: Starter Spells) heals an additional d4 per slot level used? It's practically half the Cure Wounds Spell in a ...
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D&D 3.5e - Knowledge Devotion bonuses are transferable: is my logic sound?

It seems sensible to present all the evidence first, but if it's all TL;DR then feel free to scroll straight down to the Argument. I'm looking to find out if my logic is sound and my conclusions are ...
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Is this alternative initiative house-rule balanced?

As a fairly new DM, one thing that has commonly occurred in my sessions so far is my PC's starting combat outside of initiative. For example after a telepathic conversation with a Nothic was going ...
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How impactful would it be if I were to make saving throws “round up”, unlike other stats?

In an attempt to have players deal with more difficult decisions, I have been considering the idea of making it so that saving throw bonuses don't actually rely on your modifier, but instead use your ...
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Would it be game breaking to allow a Warlock to use his Mystic Arcanum to cast his spells at a higher level?

I'm looking for ways to make the Warlock feel more flexible with his castings, and I like this solution, especially since it's limited by how few spellslots Warlocks have of higher level spells (...
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What would be the impact of ignoring material components with a price?

Problem Whenever I play a spellcaster, and I level up and it's time to pick/prepare new spells, I almost always avoid those with material components that have a price, since you can't just substitute ...
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Is there a serious balance problem allowing all casters to use Arcana with their casting stat?

I'm considering a house rule in a campaign I'm about to DM for that allows those with the spellcasting, pact magic or similar abilities to use their casting stat as the associated stat for the arcana ...
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Would changing the damage type on a tiefling’s abilities affect the game too drastically?

The tiefling has Fire Resistance and Hellish rebuke, which both have to do with fire damage. If I were to replace that with Cold damage, Slashing damage, Necrotic damage, Radiant damage, Psychic ...
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Does switching all contests to Roll vs Passive DC change the odds?

Does switching all contests from Roll vs Roll to Roll vs Passive DC change the odds? Example: Player tries to grapple a medium opponent, let's say both the grappler and target have a Strength ...
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Is it unbalanced to start players off with Inspiration every session?

I'd like to push my players to try and do more heroic things and take fun risks in every session. I'm considering having each player start with Inspiration to encourage this - but they can still get ...
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Should a character get advantage on a roll for attacking someone with a spell from behind?

I was playing my weekly D&D game this weekend with my friends and we are kinda new. I ended up fighting my party and was engaged in combat with all 3 of them. The wizard in front of me cast ...
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Is granting Fey Ancestry to a fey creature unbalancing?

Elves and half-elves have the fey ancestry racial trait; however, I have noticed that the fey creatures do not have the same trait. It seems illogical that fey would not have the benefits of Fey ...
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How do I adjudicate attempting to put manacles on an unwilling creature?

I have a player in my campaign who has recently wanted to use manacles. While the Player's Handbook entry for manacles describes in a pretty detailed way how difficult it is to escape from manacles, ...
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Are these good rules for throwing a potion of healing?

One of my players decided, on the fly, to throw a potion of healing at an ally as they ran past. I had nothing planned so I improvised this rule A potion of healing has a thrown range of (20/60). ...
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Houseruling Intelligence and Wisdom checks as reactions?

My high level players often face problems in combat. Enemy resists damage, something causes an effect, enemy's abilities are unknown. They often desire information about what has happened, i.e., "Why ...
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Paladin Ranged Smiting

Right now I'm DMing for an entire party of level 9 Paladins. We have the Paladin that is the Spank (rerolls 1 & 2), the Tank Paladin (has a AC of 19), and the Paladin Controller (uses mainly Buffs ...
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Using 3d6 versus d20 for skill checks vis-à-vis advantage and Lucky

As a follow on to this question, now that people have gotten into the weeds and into the math on D&D's 5th edition, I am interested in seeing the impact on skill checks (only) of using 3d6 rather ...
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How can I make alignment shifting harder to undo? [closed]

I am currently running a LONG campaign. We are playing about 3 hours everyday and having a ball :D The problem is that my players oscilate quite a bit between alignments. I tried to use +1/2/3 and -1/...
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Would being able to apply Great Weapon Master twice be a problem?

Great Weapon Master grants the option to take a -5 to your attack roll in order to get a +10 bonus to damage. Due to bounded accuracy, that's a pretty big hit on your chances that's not easy to ...
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Would allowing a Thief (with Fast Hands) to use the Healer feat's tending action as a bonus action be balanced?

Related: usable objects with Fast Hands The Healer feat states: [...] As an action, you can spend one use of a healer’s kit to tend to a creature and restore 1d6 + 4 hit points to it, plus ...
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House rules for a new player's Ranger character; are they balanced?

I've managed to convince my GF to try out a simple campaign. She is new to tabletop gaming. Knowing her, I decided to have her play a ranger with a pet (she loves her dog, a lot). I designed some ...
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Is Demon: the Descent playable with 1e nWoD rules?

Can you play D:tD with the 1e nWoD rules? Can you simply remove the expanded GMC rules and just run it like, say, Hunter: the Vigil? What other modifications would be necessary, and what should I look ...
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What are the balance effects of counting instances granting Advantage and Disadvantage to determine Advantage?

This is based on the text in Page 5 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything: Even if more than one factor gives you advantage or disadvantage on a roll, you have it only once, and if you have ...
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Does limiting Sneak Attack to the Dexterity choice on Finesse Weapons imbalance anything?

Inspired by this question "Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?". This question brought my attention to something that seems odd. I was about to make a house ruling that in order to be able to ...
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Is this modification to the sharpshooter feat balanced?

I'm DMing a 5e campaign, and one of the players is a ranger (currently level 1) who wants to be able to shoot two arrows at once. I said he could do so, but at disadvantage for both arrows, which I ...