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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 substantial new content or rules subsystems, use the [homebrew] tag instead.

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Is there a way to add a house rule that bypasses all restrictions in PCGEN?

I have some house rules that I want to implement, like allowing more than 1 drawback and giving free evolution points to summoners. However, there doesn't seem to be a way to just bypass the built in ...
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Would it harm game balance to allow the Haste action to be used to Ready one of its allowed actions?

Normally, haste grants the following benefit: [The target] gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only), Dash, Disengage,...
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What are the balance implications of allowing Forge Clerics to gradually create items worth over 100gp with multiple uses of Artisan's Blessing?

I am currently DM'ing a campaign, in which one of the PCs is a Forge Cleric. Artisan's Blessing lets Forge Clerics conduct a ritual to craft non-magical items worth no more than 100gp. Raw materials ...
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Are there any balance issues with allowing thrown Javelins to be drawn for free like ammunition weapons?

Weapons that have the ammunition property, such as bows and crossbows, can be used without having to worry about the action economy with regards to the ammunition itself (such as arrows or bolts) as ...
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What are the pros and cons of allowing a save each turn against the Levitate spell?

Consider the spell levitate (2nd level), which allows the caster to lift a hostile creature off the ground and hold it in place. It is easy to make the comparison to spells like hold person (2nd level)...
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As a DM, how much freedom does one have to create new rules for use in game?

In order to add customization to my game, I'd like to add new rules that change certain traits or strengths from different races and classes. Is this allowed or not?
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How should I handle movement when one character isn't engaged in combat yet?

How should I handle movement when one character isn't engaged in combat yet? Our house rule is that if you're not in combat or if the DM isn't having you move at your character's speed (like in a ...
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Would a PC with advantage on Intimidation and disadvantage on Charisma checks be balanced?

I’m making a fighter who was tortured in the past. He has a badly healed broken nose, one of his ears was cut off, his face was branded, etc. I was thinking it would be neat for him to have advantage ...
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What would be a reasonable price to have a lawyer on retainer? [closed]

My players have several times run afoul of the law in their game and have recently been wanting to hire a lawyer. One player was arrested and is awaiting charges for sedition. How would a lawyer ...
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Instead of rolling for every creature hit by a spell, can we reasonably use a single additional die for the number of hits?

I will preface this question by stating that the hypothetical situation proposed below will obviously only work as long you have a die with a number of faces equal to the number of enemies. Scenario ...
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Would this house rule make sources of light useable in combat without taking away from how other usable combat items work?

Lately my players have been venturing without light sources such as torches, lanterns. They've been making up for it by casting light on rocks and throwing them ahead, but they still often don't ...
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Would it cause balance issues to allow Sneak Attack damage on an attack made with a previously hidden weapon?

I've already asked a few questions on this topic (e.g. How to handle weapons having been hidden with sleight of hand?) but this one is a bit different. In one of my campaigns I have a player playing ...
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How to handle weapons having been hidden with sleight of hand?

In the 5e Player's Handbook, rules are given on hidden weapons with sleight of hand. However, it doesn't say if there is any benefit to the hidden weapons or what it should be like. Can a hidden ...
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Would adding daily rolls for insanity to Curse of Strahd be excessive for a party of 6?

I'm planning to run Curse of Strahd for my D&D group after we finish our current campaign. It's a group of 6 players plus the DM. According to the book, six players is the recommended upper limit ...
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Is a DM supposed to be against the party? [closed]

I'm a really really new player. Is it good etiquette for a DM to get upset that you're killing or beating their encounter? A guy said he would DM for us in a one-shot. Before we ever started he ...
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Can templates be made conditional? And if yes, how could that be balanced?

I was looking at the Shade template mentioned in the back of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting book (I'm not copying the template here because I'm not sure if that would violate a copyright) and ...
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What is the best way for players to create their own NPCs to aid them in their adventures? [closed]

Has anyone tried allowing players to have NPCs of their own? For example, a Wizard may want to employ a warrior style body guard. How would a player go about creating their own NPC? If they can ...
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Would it be balanced to allow the darkvision spell to target multiple creatures when cast with higher-level spell slots?

The Darkvision spell, by default, can target only one creature and gains no benefit from upcasting (= using a spell slot higher than the spell's level). You touch a willing creature to grant it the ...
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Is this houserule about unarmed creatures balanced?

I'm fairly well-acquainted with 5e rules, and realised recently that, as far as I know, being unarmed in melee combat imposes no penalty at all to AC, nor confers any advantage to an armed attacker. ...
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What do I do about a game-breaking ruling on how summoning works?

I'm playing in a 5e campaign, and one of the other players convinced the DM to let him summon animals inside of other animals - for example, summoning a wolf inside of a cow. The player has exploited ...
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How do I tweak this crouching rule to balance it?

My ranger uses light crossbow. A few sessions back, he flavored his movement and attack as "I move there, and crouch before attacking." In character, previously he taught the others that it is better ...
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Would granting every PC the choice of a free cantrip at level 1 be unbalancing?

Inspired by this question: Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip be unbalancing? Some classes get cantrips, some don't. Some races get a free cantrip (such as via the high elf's "...
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Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip be unbalancing?

This question and the accepted answer are of the opinion that granting an extra feat to all PCs at level 1 does not affect game balance. Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip (as ...
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Does allowing death saving throws after being stable break the game?

After you roll three saves on a Death Saving Throw, you are stable and do not make other death saves. However, one of my player pointed out that if they keep rolling death saves, they might get a 20 ...
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What issues could arise with this Advantage/Disadvantage Variant?

Background In the Player's Handbook, it is specified that Advantage and Disadvange sources effectively "cancel out" regardless of how many there are of each: If circumstances cause a roll to have ...
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What issues could occur if I allow a Bard to use their instrument to fulfill verbal components? [closed]

One of my players messaged me about a new character they were creating, and they proposed the concept of a mute bard. Long story short, they wanted to RP a cursed character, and I was really intrigued ...
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Would increasing the persistent damage of Witch Bolt be unbalanced?

Some People (myself included), feel that Witch Bolt is sub par. I was thinking of changing it so that increasing the spell level also increases the persistent damage, as well as the initial damage. ...
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Is there any difference between doing the Wisdom save against the Command spell when it's cast and doing it on the target's turn?

(This question is inspired by the question: When do enemies save against the Command spell?.) I understand that the DM is thinking that the resisting part of the spell come on the target's turn, ...
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Would it be balanced to houserule that 9th-level monks can use Unarmored Movement to stay on vertical surfaces or on liquids without falling?

So right I've seen some discussion on here about the monk's Unarmored Movement feature and how it should be interpreted, and there are a lot of different ways. The main thing I've seen is that the ...
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Is a DM allowed to add restrictions mid-campaign? How can I deal with that?

This afternoon we had our first session of D&D 5e with a group we found on the internet. After finishing our first encounter, I did the following: Put me next to the Wizard. Cast Guidance on him....
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Will allowing a wizard to cast spell without preparation be unbalanced?

A wizard complained that preparing spells every long rest seems a very tedious task, and asked me if he could trade his ability to copy new spells with the ability to cast any spells he knows without ...
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Possible issues of a player switching Bard archetypes randomly with long rests?

One of my players want to play a Bard with multiple-personalities. At every long-rest, the idea is that he randomly wakes up with one of his personalities. Each personality is very different from the ...
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What are the mechanical implications to allowing the caster to choose which effects are dispelled with Dispel Magic?

We have a few questions about dispel magic that arise as a consequence of dispel magic dispelling every effect on a creature. Although situational (>1 negative effect, at least 1 positive effect)1, ...
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Is allowing PCs to take a “zeroth level” in a class seriously unbalanced or not?

Would it very materially destroy balance to say a player character can have a “zeroth level” in a class? The two proposed cases I’ve come across are a swashbuckler who has the acolyte background and ...
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What would the effect be of eliminating the rule preventing other non-cantrip spells on a turn if a bonus-action spell is cast?

The rule on bonus-action spells states: 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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What are the impacts of permitting casters to concentrate on 2 spells?

A common lament at tables I play at from players is often the inherent limitation on being able to maintain concentration on only one spell at a time. This doesn't just come from casters, but also ...
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Can you breed wolves, and if you can how? In D&D [closed]

So in my first time Playing I tamed two wolves can I breed them? And if I can how do you do it.
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Do the rules for Creatures creation for the Star Trek RPG by Decipher really make them weak?

The rules given in the books, whether in the Narrator's Guide or the Creatures supplement, are a mess. But, as far as I can tell, creatures created with the rules from the Narrator's Guide look ...
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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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Which balancing issues, if any, would arise from allowing PCs to spend actions on bonus action features?

I understand that RAW, features/spells/etc. that require a bonus action (e.g. Bardic Inspiration or Healing Word) cannot be used with a regular action instead (see this question). However, what would ...
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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 ...