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Why was my post asking for a review of homebrewed traits closed? (appeal from a new user trying to better understand stackexchange)

I have a question about my Role-playing Games Stack Exchange post: Please review these homebrewed regional traits I was told to ask for help here so let's try this out: I'm a new user here and I'm ...
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What should I do if I have a huge [homebrew-review] question that I need to break into smaller parts?

After asking Is this variant of the Armorer Artificer balanced compared to the existing subclass?, which offered a wide range of options to choose from, I was informed that it simply had too much ...
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Should we still accept homebrew questions?

In the past days there was a series of questions for a homebrew version of a DnD-5e subclass: see the first, second and third iteration of the process. In the last one a surprisingly (to me, at least) ...
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For homebrew review, is it appropriate to add features of the homebrew that were meant to be a part of it but weren't written down to the question?

In my question Is this revision of the level 2 Transmutation Wizard feature balanced? [Version 2], I intended for "stone" to exclude glass, but I now realize that not everyone reading that ...
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How would I go about requesting homebrew-review for an entire game system?

I have about 3k words of a game system representing mostly additions and improvements to Wushu Open. I'd like to request comments, complaints, criticism, and concepts, but I fear that the site's ...
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Why was my homebrew-review question downvoted even though I followed the criteria?

I don't mean to sound indignant or anything, but I must admit, I'm at a loss as to why this happened. Just yesterday, I posted a homebrew-review question asking about whether an artifact I had created ...
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Should I accept an answer to a homebrew-review question if I think I might be biased?

Suppose I ask a homebrew-review question, and I receive at least one answer that, though acceptable with respect to the site rules, I don't particularly like. (Maybe I feel they didn't read my post ...
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Is 'does this spell fill a niche' a stackable question?

This question, from a relatively inexperienced user, asked "Would you use this (homebrew) spell?" Thomas Markov rightly identified this as opinion-based and bad-subjective, explained that ...
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I'd like to adapt a set of spells from AD&D to the 5th edition. Ask for review together or one by one?

There is a set of spells available only to the Vhaeraun clergy described in AD&D Demihuman Deities book. They look easily adaptable to D&D 5e and I want to do it and ask for a review. I want ...
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Are we using the Homebrew Review discussion correctly?

We have a popular Meta discussion, How can I ask a good homebrew review question? The highly-rated, accepted answer has a number of very good ideas. Any question that follows all of that guidance is ...
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Why is my homebrew review question not getting answers, and how can I improve them?

I've asked several homebrew-review questions in the past, and it's been pointed out to me that there are several guides on RPG.SE for these type of questions, I used this one and this one. However, my ...
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Is this question better tagged house-rules or homebrew?

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 house-rules tag, rather than ...
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Can this question about homebrewing potentially be reopened?

My question here concerns the following closed question about homebrewing a monster for D&D 5E. help in adapting a monster from a short story to 5E My understanding of the reasons for closure It ...
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What is the best way to ask for a whole homebrew class review?

I am aware of the how to ask a homebrew review guidelines, however, I feel that a whole class review (specifically for D&D 5e here, but may apply to other systems and editions) is a problem by ...
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How can we address questions about homebrew balance?

Often we get questions such as Is moving between separate attacks of the same spell unbalanced? The trouble I always face with these questions is "unbalanced with respect to what?". All house rules ...
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Should there be additional guidelines for poorly-balanced homebrew?

This is a follow-up to this question. I'd highly recommend giving it a read before proceeding. I'm posting this as a new question because DaleM brought up a good point that, in dramatic fashion, left ...
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Is poorly balanced homebrew considered "low-effort"?

It's fairly well known that homebrew is a rather... contentious topic on this stack. From what I've noticed during my short time here, it looks like homebrew questions get a significantly higher ...
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How do we help this new user formulate a question about their homebrew Toadstool that can be properly answered?

A new user has posed this homebrew review question, which has gone through a ton of edits and is seemingly in a rollback war between users: How would a major buffing ability effect challenge rating? ...
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How else can I improve this question about PC-tailored homebrew?

The question: Does PC-tailored homebrew require special considerations? My first draft was written poorly and I fully understand why it was closed so fast. Now I believe I addressed all the issues ...
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Are CR calculation of homebrew monsters questions homebrew-review questions?

This is coming out of this question asking for a check on the CR calculation of a pair of homebrew monsters and the subsequent encounter with them. I retagged it from homebrew to homebrew-review, but ...
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Are [homebrew-review] posts allowed to link to off-site sources? [duplicate]

This is a question I've had spark up a bit following the successful Kickstarter for GM-Binder's next big updates. Should homebrew-review posts be allowed to link to off-site homebrew sources to ...
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Should homebrew review questions tagged as [homebrew] be re-tagged as [homebrew-review] instead?

There are a number of questions asking about whether some homebrew material is or isn't balanced. Some questions are tagged as homebrew, others are tagged as homebrew-review. According to the meta ...
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How to properly review a homebrew?

There are quite a few questions asking to review homebrew. The best way to ask such questions is covered in this meta: How can I ask a good homebrew review question? I'm interested in how I should ...
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How to ask about changes resulting from homebrew elements or house rules?

I am currently having difficulty drafting an appropriate question for the following scneario: I have a player that wants to swap out the spellcasting ability for Warlocks in D&D 5e from Cha to Int....
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Should I make a generic “Is my homebrew game content balanced?” Question with an Answer of “Probably not, No”?

Something that I’ve noticed happening over and over again is a new user showing up with a homebrew piece of game content (e.g. a race, class, feat, et cetera), and then posting a Question to the ...
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Homebrew review procedure clarification

I've got two homebrew questions going currently, for a magic artifact level item in Pathfinder. Original question Followup question [On Hold] I really like the modifications done by @william porter ...
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How do I present homebrew material in a critique question?

I have begun working on a homebrew class for D&D 5e and I plan to ask a critique question on rpg.se once I'm finished. I figured it would be better to ask this meta question now than at the end ...
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Do we want a [homebrew-review] tag separate from the [homebrew] tag?

The vast majority of the homebrew questions we get are asking us to review their homebrew, either directly ("Is this balanced?") or indirectly ("What LA should this race have?" or "How much should ...
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What rules/guidance do we want to give for homebrew review questions, if any?

There seemed to be a strong consensus in this question that we're not happy with how homebrew review is working on the site right now, and that the way forward is to get some additional rules around ...
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What defines too Broad as it applies to these two questions?

Recently, this question of mine was closed as too broad: Avatars of Nature I can understand the impulse given the amount of information I provided, however I intentionally tried to mirror this ...
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Are we satisfied with the state of homebrew review questions?

For the past seven years, homebrew review questions (that is, questions of the form, "Is this homebrew balanced?") have been on-topic and thus allowed. As brought up in the latest "How is the ...
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Why do my questions about homebrew content get downvoted?

In my brief experience with this site, I have encountered problems with asking for balance on homebrew items. Every single time I have posted a homebrew question, it is downvoted, regardless of ...
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Why are my homebrew posts being downvoted and ignored while another user at the exact same time has many upvotes and thousands of views?

Recently, I posted a homebrew Warlock otherworldly patron and got 3 downvotes, 173 views, and 1 answer. Meanwhile, another homebrew Warlock otherworldly patron got 2k views, 14 upvotes, and one good ...
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How to follow-up with updated versions of homebrew content? [duplicate]

I've been noticing questions and answers regarding homebrew content offer a lot of insight in understanding and designing features for the games I play (as GM and PC), like this recent one: How might ...
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When do homebrew suggestions need to be playtested by an answerer?

It is unclear to me when someone needs to provide playtesting for homebrew suggestions and when they don't. As an example, in this answer, MattDM provides a really good answer for the first half, ...
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How to tag 3rd-party/homebrew content that is published?

A recent question asking about a homebrew/3rd-party class has been asked, and neither the 3rd-party or homebrew tags fit (based on their tag descriptions). It feels weird to me not to have a tag, as ...
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Is "No, this is what that would look like" an acceptable answer?

I recently gave this answer to a question asking on how the Sleep spell works. The OP was confused about one part of it. As a counter example I wrote a homebrew spell that did work the way the OP ...
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Would this structure of my homebrew question be acceptable?

I recently asked this question on what level a homebrew spell/item would be in D&D 5e. I want to ask a follow up question on how to balance it better and add/remove some of the features that ...
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For iterated homebrew questions, should earlier iterations be marked as duplicates of later iterations?

Please note that this isn't one of the many questions on this site asking "why was my question closed". I'm just wondering whether it's right to mark a question that is an earlier iteration, such as ...
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Is it OK to answer a question about balance without suggesting any improvement?

In my recent question about a homebrew feat i have made an answer was added which said quite simply that it was "very overpowered" without giving any way to improve the content. Is this answer ...
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Why was my NaA flag declined?

Our site generally has a fairly strict policy for deleting answers that don't really answer the question, eg. advice not backed up by system expertise (see eg. this Meta and this). I flagged this ...
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Should questions about Critical Role 3rd party material be tagged Homebrew?

There have been several questions recently that have churned up confusion with regards to homebrew and Critical Role 3PP content. Most recently, this one. Specifically this comment: Should Blood ...
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Established homebrew specifics: is asking on topic?

Is it on topic to ask about the specifics of established homebrew content (such as the house rules used by Matt Mercer on Critical Role) or where such things can be found?
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How should I ask about my D&D 5e Homebrew being balanced?

We've had a number of D&D 5e homebrew questions that present a piece of homebrew (a race, a class, etc) and ask if it is balanced. Some get closed as too broad or primarily opinion-based, others ...
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What's a good place to get feedback on / iron out a homebrew's balance? [duplicate]

I don't think it's really a subject for the main questions area, it's too subjective and discussion drive. Open a chat? But how would poeple find that?
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How can I ask a good homebrew review question?

I'd like to post some homebrew material I've made, and I want people to review it so I can ensure it will work well. How can I ask a good question like this? What are our guidelines for handling these ...
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Can we develop a system to avoid/discourage subsequent homebrew critique question edits?

While our policy on homebrew-critique questions makes a lot of sense as the questions are certainly able to be answered effectively by experts and fit all the criteria for an on-topic question, these ...
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Is it frowned upon to ask for help homebrewing a class on this forum? [duplicate]

I've been here for a little while and wanted to ask this before I went asking a question that could be less acceptable than this one. I want some help homebrewing a class for 5e, but before I do, I ...
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Are "is this balanced" questions on-topic?

Before I start: I thought about the matter when reading this answer to the How is the community doing? [2018] post, which claims a larger percentage of negative reactions towards homebrew questions ...
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Keep my homebrew stuff secret in order to avoid biased answers

I asked a question about a subclass feature from an Unearthed Arcana article. I know that Unearthed Arcana stuff is playtest material and therefore might not be balanced. That’s why I wanted to ...
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