I am considering a revision to the D&D 5e mechanics of maintaining barbarian rage. I consider this to be a small change to a specific rule and thus fitting of the tag, rather than tag, which is reserved for larger changes to rule systems.

However, my point in posting the question would be to solicit review of the potential impacts and interactions with the rule change. While there is a tag for such questions, there does not appear to be a corresponding "house rules review" tag.

Which tag is more appropriate for my question and why?

Related: Differentiating between house rules, homebrew, and game design.

More related: What distinction is being drawn between house rules and homebrew?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Somewhat related: "Do we want a [homebrew-review] tag separate from the [homebrew] tag?" \$\endgroup\$ Jan 8 '21 at 20:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please always link to the specific question that you are discussing. \$\endgroup\$
    – Akixkisu
    Jan 9 '21 at 10:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Akixkisu I'm sorry, I'm not sure how to link to a question I have not asked yet. Do my questions get assigned URLs based on my user number and then additional characters based on my question number, so that I can predict what the URL of my next question will be and pre-emptively link to it? \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Jan 9 '21 at 17:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ No, you cannot link to a question you have not asked yet. I think @akixkisu believed this was about a question you had asked. In which case yes, linking to the question helps. Once you do ask it, feel free to edit in the link here. \$\endgroup\$
    – linksassin Mod
    Jan 10 '21 at 0:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ It is asked now and should be linked, if it is about asking a question before you ask the question, then please indicate that. \$\endgroup\$
    – Akixkisu
    Jan 10 '21 at 1:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you'd use the regular discussion tag instead of the specific question tag, concerning a discussion of a question that hasn't been asked yet, then it is much less confusing. \$\endgroup\$
    – Akixkisu
    Jan 10 '21 at 1:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Akixkisu I thought I that I had indicated that the question was not yet asked when I said "I am considering a revision" (present progressive tense - I am at the moment working on the rule change itself) and "my point in posting the question would be to solicit review" (future conditional tense - something I have not yet done). I did use the regular discussion tag. I did not put the "specific-question" tag on this question; that was added by an editor and I am just now seeing it. I will remove it though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Jan 10 '21 at 4:25

The tag description states (emphasis mine):

A rules set strives to be complete, but no set of rules covers every circumstance. Rules that are fan-driven and implemented unofficially are termed house rules. Contrast with optional-rules, which are officially created additional rules.

House-Rules are for new or modified rules. Whether it's creating rules to cover situations that aren't handled by RAW or customizing existing rules ("we don't use the RAW grappling rules, because they're stupid"), house rules modify the framework of the system.

House rules can completely replace certain parts of the rules set, or merely add to the existing rules to make them more complex, complete, and/or well-rounded. Many times they are created in response to a need that the designers overlooked. But just as often, they are created to take the game in a direction fitting to a certain campaign.

This tag should be used to discuss implementation, effects, and/or changes engendered by the use of house rules in the basic rules set.

GMs make table-specific rulings about how the rules work all the time; these aren't generally considered house rules unless they're codified and used consistently.

For questions about substantial new material (e.g., whole classes, monsters, etc.) or new subsystems (e.g., adding detailed crafting or chase rules), use the homebrew tag instead.

You have used the correct tags.


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