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 to limit the power of "Find Steed" spell when allowing other creatures to be summoned

Our Paladin just hit 5th-level and he's taking the Find Steed spell. The spell is incredibly powerful: a free mount that never disappears unless it drops to 0 hit points (you can resummon it twice per ...
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What would change if Initiative wasn't rolled?

What would change if there was no rolling for initiative and instead, whoever had the highest bonus to initiative went first (in descending order)? The only rolling would be for determining who would ...
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How can one houserule a fighter's class feature in 3.5 for improvised weapons?

I am looking for a feat or alternate class feature that would enable a fighter to use improvised weapons while maintaining balance. If you are familiar with Kambei from 7 Samurai or Afro from Afro ...
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Acceptable damage for Flame Blade

Current situation Flame Blade is a 2nd level spell, and a very weak one: You can use your action to make a melee spell attack with the fiery blade. On a hit, the target takes 3d6 fire damage. ...
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Is this change to the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style balanced?

Here is my modified version of the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style. Two-Weapon Fighting Once per attack, when you engage in two-weapon fighting and before rolling, you can take a -5 to hit for ...
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Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...
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Suggested house-rules for Pathfinder one-on-one storytelling

I'll introduce myself quickly. Played a lot of RPG in teens; mostly AD&D for fantasy, but also Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk for those other settings. I lived kind of remote, so all we played was ...
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How can a Hobgoblin Captain be used as a player character?

On my last session as DM, a party of five level 3 players managed to make a Hobgoblin Captain become friendly with them and ultimately join them. There's a new player who'd love to take the ...
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Would letting the Assassin rogue replace its 9th-level Infiltration Expertise feature with the Thief's Supreme Sneak feature be unbalanced?

I wanted to ask about allowing the Rogue sub-class (Assassin) to benefit from Supreme Sneak. I have a player in my campaign who plays as an Assassin Rogue and would like to have access to the Supreme ...
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How can I, as DM, avoid the Conga Line of Death occurring when implementing some form of flanking rule?

I’ve heard this phrase being thrown around sometimes on other game tables. Apparently, it describes a straight line of melee combatants on a grid, alternating between members of two opposing groups. ...
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Would it hurt racial balance if every PC gets a bonus feat at level 1?

I am thinking of giving the PCs of my new campaign a bonus feat at level 1, to allow some more customization and to reflect the fact that they are graduating from a very stellar college of... ...
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Can my Ranger's pet continue to attack if I am knocked out?

In the core book for 5e D&D, it says you have to command your pet to take an action every round, so on the surface it would seem that if you are knocked out or are dying your pet will not be able ...
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How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?

In DnD 4e, the consequences for being hit by basic attacks are a simple loss of HP, and narration is what gives the basic attacks their 'spice'. The use of encounter and daily powers is the main ...
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What are the unintended or dangerous consequences of allowing spells that target and damage creatures to also target and damage objects?

Inspired by my previous question, I've begun to feel that life might be easier if I just had every spell be able to target both creatures and objects with attacks, and damage objects as well as ...
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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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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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Using 3d6 instead of d20 for D&D Next

I am currently running a campaign with D&D Next playtest packet released at September. My player has been complaining about his terrible attack rolls (He didn't prevail because of fumbles, even at ...
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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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Goodberry house rule - would this be a reasonable non breaking change?

Background: This is the first time I've DM'd 5e (returning from extensive 2e and 3e experience). I've run the group through the official "Lost Mines of Phandelver" adventure and just started the "...
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How do I improve survivability of a Barbarian who's limited to light armor only?

I'm currently using a Barbarian Half-Orc in a custom made campaign. The campaign itself is set to hardcore, that means that encouters, enemies and the story itself is really, really hard and fights ...
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Advantage on damage rolls - is it still balanced?

Something that bothers me about the advantage/disadvantage system is that it doesn't actually affect how much damage you do in a single attack, only the likelihood that the attack will hit. For ...
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Making monks better but not broken

I am about to run a campaign where 2 of the 3 PCs are monk-based classes. They will be starting at level 10 and I expect the campaign to run till 15 or 16. One is a Monk 2/ Sorcerer 4/ Enlightened ...
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Can a Monk use/trigger Defensive Duelist while wielding a monk weapon (or unarmed)?

Defensive Duelist requires wielding a finesse weapon, yet one of Monks' abilities is to treat Monk weapons (including staves and unarmed strikes) as "having finesse" (in all but name: it allows monks ...
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Is this house-rule that has each monster/NPC roll initiative separately (even when there are multiple creatures of the same kind) game-breaking?

The rules for initiative in PHB read (emphasis mine): Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a Dexterity check to determine their place in ...
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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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What would the effect of removing death saves and just having characters die at 0HP be?

I am currently attempting to create a campaign, inspired both by West Marches, and earlier editions of D&D (mostly OD&D and 1e AD&D), but still keeping the 5e rules that my group are ...
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Will anything break if I allow the Warlock pact weapon to be called with a bonus action instead of an action?

I have a Warlock in my group that rarely ever gets his pact blade out, since it takes an action to summon it. Given that drawing a regular weapon doesn't even take a bonus action, is there anything in ...
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To what extent would using the initiative system from Edge of the Empire in 5e break the game?

I've been checking out Star Wars - Edge of the Empire and I really like the initiative system used in it. ... Once all Initiative checks have been made, the CM notes down the results of each ...
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What are the consequences of making Quicken Spell an exception to the spellcasting action economy?

When I say 'Spellcasting Action Economy' I mean the rules that state when you cast a spell (Cantrip or otherwise) as a bonus action during your turn, the only other spell you can cast that same turn ...
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Are there any full stats for firearms of differing tech levels?

My DM would like to run a DnD adventure set in 1930s-tech era, replacing technology with magic-punk stuff. He's pulling a lot from Eberron. Guns will exist, however, and he's just "renaming" bows ...
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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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How would a 15-point point buy for ability scores affect my game?

In my campaign I have 8 players. I'm thinking of lowering the point buy from 27 to 15 points (I assume it is the equal of rolling 3d6 like in older editions) to both have a session about an average ...
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Are there any side effects of switching the ability-score increases for a race?

Making a barbarian? Mountain dwarf or half-orc. Warlock? Half-elf is the obvious choice. Oh, wizard? You want to be a gnome or high elf. I'd rather my players choose the race they want rather than ...
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Is a Staff with Finesse balanced?

If you've seen the movie Ip Man, you'll remember that he used long wooden implements in a way akin to a staff, yet focused on quick, precise strikes, rather than brute-strength bashing. What's a ...
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What are the implications on making worn items not fire-proof in D&D 5e? [closed]

So, what are the direct and indirect implications of making flammable items get ignited by fire spells even if they are being worn/carried? Specifically, how does this affect the game flow and what ...
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Game design differences between contested rolls and general attack rolls in combat

Background: Our group does D&D 3.5/4e one week, and a different system the other week (we've done GURPS and Serenity, and I'm going to be running Mutants and Masterminds 3rd edition). I've (almost)...
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Mechanical side effects of randomised Initiative in 5e

Initiative I am starting a new 5e campaign and I am planning to use randomised initiative. I feel recording initiative take too long, for both my players and me. I tried grouping monsters and pre-...
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How to ensure players spend XP on both short- and long-term benefits in Numenera?

I recently bought the core rulebook for Numenera. As well as reading through it to learn the system, I've been reading online reviews. It seems from reading what other experienced Role-Players think, ...
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Consequences of stalling 10th level progression

In Dungeon World you have 3 or 4 choices when you level up while already at the 10th (maximum) level: change classes, take on an apprentice and play both characters, retire and maybe a compendium ...
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Dex-to-damage houserule to make monk more viable?

I recently started running a Pathfinder campaign with some friends. Two of the players are pretty experienced, two are brand new, and this is my first time DM'ing. One of the new players is playing a ...
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On-the-Fly Crafting

I do not believe there are any 5e rules for this, so this is as much asking for potential houserules as anything else. If there is an official rule somewhere, by all means, please point it out. Let's ...
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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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House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation? [closed]

I started getting back into D&D edition 3.5 a few weeks ago as a DM. I do not like the generalizations in which are written into the magical item creation. I am trying to make a more specific ...
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Would this house rule on initiating combat be balanced?

My question is similar to this question about a house-rule that the initiator of combat acts first but skips their first turn in initiative, but about the opposite situation. The author of that ...
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Would a cleric's domain ever preclude them from casting a general cleric spell?

First time player playing as a tempest cleric. As I understand the rules, a cleric of any domain has access to all the general cleric spells (i.e. not the ones that are only accessible to certain ...
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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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How to houserule merits?

Merits as a system does not seem to be well balanced. Some merits (such as resources 1) seem like they should be mandatory (or a flaw to not have them). Other merits such as housing ones (haven, ...
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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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Can a character shadowstep, dimension door, or teleport away from sovereign glue?

A character gets stuck to a handled firmly attached to wall with sovereign glue. Can the character use shadow step to get away from the wall? Can the character use teleport to get away from the wall?...
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Is it unbalancing to permit OA on forced movement?

I am considering proposing a houserule that would remove the exemption to opportunity attacks (OA) when a creature is moved against it's volition. The intent being to permit players (and monsters) to ...