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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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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 ...
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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 ...