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Background I have recently become the DM of a group comprised mostly of newbies and one or two older players who aren’t accustomed to 5e’s rules yet. I decided that, for my first campaign, I wanted ...

Is this stampede spell (a proposed custom spell for Druids and Rangers in my upcoming campaign) as strong as, or weaker than, the 5th level spell cloudkill? I used a similar base damage, the duration ...

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 ...

This is my first time homebrewing a race, and I'd like some feedback on balance. The question here is whether this race is overpowered, underpowered, or roughly balanced when compared the playable ...

For my 5e homebrew setting, I'm making an elf subrace that's supposed to be able to turn into a tiny animal (like a squirrel, raccoon, wildcat etc) once per long rest, for a number of hours equal to ...

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 ...

For the sake of being answerable, I will state a specific scenario that happened to me some months ago while I was DMing. I would like to note that broader answers, that give general advice that ...

This is my first try at home-brewing feats and I wanted to get some advice from the community. The idea is to make a feat that is flavored for a combat medic. Something that can improve potential ...

This is just a question I have been wondering about. Having strong debates with my group's DM over this ruling. CONTEXT: DM created a couatl race to play for his first campaign ever. the abilities ...

On page 20 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the Grave Cleric's Keeper of Souls ability is detailed. Starting at 17th level, you can seize a trace of vitality from a parting soul and use it to ...

The fifth edition of D&D is very particular about not spamming spells of level 6-9. This is most obvious when it comes to warlocks, who have enormous freedom in what spells of level 1-5 they can ...

In PHB, page 190, it explains about the free item interaction: You can also interact with one object or feature of the environment for free, during either your move or your action. For example, you ...

The Ice Claw spell from the Spell compendium is very weak for a 7th level spell. It does a grapple but the damage is very weak for its level how would you go about balancing the spell to be more in ...

My party right now consists of a pair of incredibly optimized characters (a half-orc fighter and a ranger/scout), one fairly well optimized character (a swashbuckler who's thinking about mutliclassing ...

I'm playing Dungeons & Dragons 5e and while we in the party were rolling dice to determine the ability scores, one of my friends (fighter) rolled really good numbers (like 15, 16, 18, and 13) and ...

I plan to run a Roll20 one-shot Naheulbeuk game with players who may have very unbalanced characters, some of them way more powerful than others. Of course, it may leads to some problems, but my main ...

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 "...

So I am running a 9th-level 3.5e campaign for a mix of new and old players. Since not everyone has a handbook, I've been keeping generally to the SRD rule base, since all my players can look them up. ...

This is my first attempt at a homebrew, and I've never DMed before so my knowledge of the Player's Handbook is what I've managed to find online. My question is this: at a glance is this race ...

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything a new subclass for Bards is introduced: the College of Glamour. This subclass has a new ability called "Mantle of Inspiration", description follows: At 3rd level, ...

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 ...

All three domination spells' descriptions (Dominate Monster, Dominate Person, Dominate Beast) contain the following paragraph: You can use this telepathic link to issue commands to the creature ...

This is a weird question, I know, it's simply food for thought. It states in the PHB that casting a wish spell for any other effect than duplicating another spell causes a stress that can, among other ...

Guardian of Faith (4th level cleric spell) states: A Large spectral guardian appears and hovers for the duration in an unoccupied space of your choice that you can see within range. Any ...

So one of my players dropped this bomb on me during the discussion stages for a campaign we're going to start soon - he wants his character to be a Pokemaster. Reading through the class though, it ...

I'm not even going to go into the debate about whether darkvision can see through hunger of hadar, the thing that I think makes it overpowered is the this line. creatures fully within the area are ...

The Raven Queen Warlock in my group got a Sentinel Raven, as per the Lvl1 Class Feature. This raven is now attuned to a magic ring and wields a magic wand. The wand is not that big of a problem, but ...

Based on the "Dwarven Thrower" this homebrew magic weapon is essentially an elven dagger with the similar returning feature. the exact specifics are... ELVEN THROWER Weapon (dagger), rare (...

I'm playing a homebrew variant on the D&D 3.5 Malconvoker (Complete Scoundrel). I'd like to upgrade it to 5.0 at some point. This Wizard specialization is what I came up with. Do you see any ...

I run a low magic level campaign, where magic items are legacies of the gods or heroes from past ages, very rare items, all unique (except for consumables). There are not random “+1 longswords” ...

There are plenty of half-casters whose progression is hindered quality-wise, i.e. a paladin at level 5 has 4/2 spells while a cleric has 4/3/2 spells. I wonder how unbalanced (i.e. would it then ...

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (SCAG p121) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...

Druids, clerics and wizards are full casters as well and can "prepare a number of spells equal to your spell casting ability modifier plus your class level", which is considerably more than what the ...

As a new player to D&D, I don't really know what significant changes have been made to the Ranger through Unearthed Arcana. What makes the class different from the PHB version and how does this ...

I am a relativly new DM and we are playing Pathfinder. We are playing a pre-made adventure, Rise of the Runelords. My group consists of a Bard, a Sorcerer an Alchemist and a Knight on Level 7. Problem ...

I'm DMing a 4e campaign and the PCs are level 19, now, but I have been having trouble with a power. Reaper's Challenge. My group's swordmage saves it through every adventure so he can use it on a ...

For some context, I am playing level 20 Barbarian, with 24 STR and CON, and have mostly adopted the totem of the bear. When we began our campaign many levels ago, my role was to force enemies to ...

My players next session will fight against a dragon opponent. The thing I am concerned is having the players gang up on the boss. I don't desire to flood in tons of minions, the ideal fight would be ...

I'm trying to build a Dresden Files campaign set during the French Revolution (using the Dresden Files 2010 RPG rules). First issue I had to solve was that wizards-technology incompatibility doesn't ...

So the Dwarven Barbarian Battlerager (from SCAG) gets a few class features that specifically tie in to his armor. These allow him to: Make a bonus attack that deals 1d4+Strength piercing damage ...

Would this cantrip be overpowered? Any class could get it. Conjuration cantrip Casting Time: 1 bonus action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: 1 bonus action You can take the ...

A character in my group has multiple ways to reduce/prevent incoming damage, among others the Heavy Armor Master feat and such things. This wasn't a big problem so far. I could just throw more bad ...

From the dictionary: Legerdemain: skillful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks. In 5th Edition the Arcane Trickster Rogue subclass is provided with Mage Hand Legerdemain. This ...

This is a house rule I thought of a while ago, but I'm not sure how game breaking it is. Basically, anyone (including an enemy) can use an Action to make a social interaction to consume a creature's ...

In Pathfinder point buy, ability scores of lower than 7 (before adjustments from race) may not be bought with point buy. What would be a balanced price for such low ability scores? I am looking for ...

An answer to this question: Protecting NPC's from Emissary of Barachiel claims that the Saint, from Book of Exalted Deeds, is pretty broken. Curious, I went and websearched for it. It looks like ...

I've recently started playing DnD 5e with a group of friends, all of whom are very inexperienced - myself and the DM included. We all agreed at the start we were aiming for a very casual game ...

There is a disclaimer in each of the Ultramodern and Apex rulesets' preambles stating that they do not aim for balance. Has anyone played them extensively enough to know if there are any major balance ...

I'm about to run a Wizard tower. I really wanted to run a Living Spellbook from Redditor /u/StoneStrix but had to scale it down. Since low level spellcasters are kind of hard to find, I thought an ...

I currently play a level 4 Blade-pact-Warlock with the Fiend-patron in my friend's campaign. Even though Blade-pact was considered less than ideal, from what I've read, it seemed like the only viable ...

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