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I'm asking about the practice of using the book as a measuring rod to decide if other official content in the system is balanced in comparison.

My players have asked me to come up with a Damage Per Round cap for each level. They want me to help them set up a DPR by level limit so they can do optimal damage, but not be overpowered. In this ...

The description of guardian of faith (a 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 ...

There is a disclaimer in each of the Ultramodern5 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 ...

Can the warlock's One with Shadows eldritch invocation be used at will in a Ravenloft game? One with Shadows Prerequisite: 5th level When you are in an area of dim light or darkness, you ...

After reading the effect of Witch Bolt from the D&D PH, it really seemed to me like an insanely powerful spell, especially when cast at 2nd level or higher. I have had no experience with the ...

Background There are times where I feel like a certain spell would very much suit a certain character or concept, but because it's not on that classes' spell list, they can't have it. The classic ...

The Hexblade warlock in my group wants to add Nystul's magic aura (the SRD equivalent is called arcanist's magic aura) to the list of spells that he can choose from. Could this cause a balance issue? ...

New DM here. One of my players wants to be able to cast vicious mockery without doing damage (because his character became a pacifist after death and resurrection). I'm considering allowing him to ...

I'm GMing a Star Wars Saga Edition campaign, with a party of 2 Jedis (lvl 3). One of them took the Mind Trick Jedi Power and he takes advantage of the (basically) unlimited use per day (with only a 1 ...

I came up with the idea for a weapon for my Hexblade Warlock and I was wondering if it is balanced. as I look at it now it seems a bit under-powered and I would use it mostly for flavor. My reasoning ...

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 ...

Background As a follow up to this question: What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells? If we assume that my DM is fine with letting the Ranger use the Wizard spell list instead ...

I wanted to put a Boggart into my 5e game, similar to a Boggart from the Harry Potter franchise. For those who don't know, it's a magical shape-shifting creature that can transform into the worst fear ...

In Sixth World (v26), an unofficial Shadowrun hack of Dungeon World (by Chris Clouser and Tanner Yea) activating cyberware that is not always on and that does offer mechanical benefits (related to ...

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 ...

Background Rangers have the spellcasting class feature. It allows the Ranger to cast a small number of spells from the Ranger spell list, which has a lot in common with the Druid spell list (much ...

Core Question: Is restricting a warlock's familiar to not be able to fly (or turn into any animal capable of flight) too much of a nerf to its functionality? Background: I'm about to DM a new ...

This question asks about the maiming weapon enchantment, which was updated in Magic Item Compendium: Miniatures Handbook: If the weapon normally has a ×2 critical multiplier, roll 1d4 each time ...

I have just spent altogether too much time trying to answer a simple question in my arena combat game: Would a level 1 group like to take on a level 4 character, PVP? How many players do you think ...

I am running a West Marches-style campaign and due to a lack of clerics and wizards enchanting weapons is beginning to be a hindrance on the party. As such I would like to create single use stored ...

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'd like to make an Eldritch Invocation for warlocks that allows you to make a weapon attack and cast eldritch blast at that same target: Eldritch Strike Prerequisites: 5th level, eldritch ...

In the 5e game I am playing in, we tend to ignore inspiration (we simply don't use it, it is never awarded). While inspiration is not an optional rule, the phb states the following (emphasis mine): ...

So let me give you a bit of backstory, I went to a friend's place to play DnD and I decided to put my solar powered dice to charge on top of my friend's standing lamp with the plastic box practically ...

My GM and I are having a bit of a debate about what those prestige classes that add "+1 level of existing class" actually do when in it comes to base class abilities that have a level scaling ...

I've just created a couple of homebrew races for my players to potentially choose from for an upcoming campaign. The problem is, I have no idea how well they stack up against the official races when ...

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Marble Physical appearance: milky orb with 4 smooth tentacles. Absorbs food and water through its skin. Ability score increase: +1 to Dexterity and +2 to ...

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Terran Ability score increase: +4 to Constitution but -2 to Dexterity Age: Terrans live 300 years. Size: Large. You are 14 feet tall and weight 700 ...

Is the following homebrew race balanced? Mechanoid Ability score increase: +2 to Intelligence and +2 to Wisdom Age: Mechanoids live an average of 40 years, but can live much longer. Size: Medium ...

Every other caster class once they reach levels 19 & 20 gets a second sixth and seventh-level spell slot. I understand warlocks have so few pact magic slots (2 for the vast majority of their ...

I am writing up a custom race for one of my players and just want to check its not too over powered. Ability Score Increase: Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Constitution score increases ...

This is not a suggestions question. I'm not looking for someone to suggest how I should balance ability X. I want to know the "rules" or customs for balancing. I am also not looking for rules on ...

A follow up to Can you use Quickened Spell to cast cantrips? (and asked in the spirit of this question and this question), a L18 Sorcerer/L2 Warlock has 18 Sorcery points, and "recovers" 2 (so to ...

I'm bringing a metal into my campaign that's light and strong (think aluminium/titanium) so attacks with weapons made from it end up being faster. Would allowing a second attack on a miss once per ...

Identify spell reads: Components: V, S, M (a pearl worth at least 100 gp and an owl feather) Is that pearl consumed? Or is it reusable? This article is written on the assumption that the pearl is ...

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 ...

The Artificer class released as Unearthed Arcana has the same spellcasting progression (meaning number of spell slots at certain levels) as Eldritch Knights (PHB pg. 75) and Arcane Tricksters (PHB pg. ...

Second time asking about a homebrew race, so hopefully it is a bit more balanced than my previous one originally was. Florith Florith are nocturnal plant people who dwell in swamps, hunting ...

I want to know this. If not, what can be changed? Necrolyte A race of Humans transformed into semi-undead beings long ago by their own profane rituals. They combine Spells with Armor to great ...

I plan on running a 5e campaign sometime soon, and I'm not very familiar (pun intended) with the rules and implications of the Find Familiar spell. In the past, I've run 3.5e campaigns and had ...

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 ...

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 ...

Druids and Clerics (and also Paladins and Rangers) have, compared to other spellcasters, the advantage that they can prepare spells from a fairly big pool of spells. Now, if you let your players ...

My player is a monk 3/wizard 2 multiclass. To help him feel like a magic pugilist, I am using a house rule that allows his monk a Bonus Action to attack after casting specific cantrips. Since the ...

A 9th level bard (CHA 16) casts "Animate Object" on a set of daggers, animating as much as he can. Assuming 11+ on the d20 is required to hit, what is the expected DPR of the spell? How does it fare ...

Currently I am planning for a campaign that might essentially end up with no magic items, and I wanted to get an idea of how that tends to effect game balance with the PCs. The previous campaigns I've ...

Assuming a gnome and a halfling could interbreed, what race would the child be? If a half-gnome/half-halfling instead of just one or the other, what traits would the child have? Are there any ...

I am starting a new game with a good friend as DM. In my play group, I am almost always the DM, but this time one of my players has decided to run his own game with me and two new players. In order to ...

Essentially, I want to gain expertise in 2 skills but without having to take a level in Rogue (Or several in Bard) There are already feats to gain proficiency in various skills/weapons, but I can't ...

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