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Is a question about the balance of an entirely new class answerable on this site?

I found a homebrew Summoner class on DMsGuild that looks balanced, as well as fun to play. However, I'm not sure whether entire are appropriate for this site, although I've seen several different ...
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Are questions about understanding game concepts allowed, even if I am not currently facing a specific problem involving that concept?

Questions typically arise from problems you need to solve If I understand correctly, the concept of Stackoverflow is something like: "I am facing a problem while programming, I already researched ...
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Are lore questions on games that have a TTRPG attached to them on-topic? [duplicate]

Especially in modern times,most popular series appear to get a TTRPG attached to them. Examples include Dishonored, A Song Of Ice and Fire, Warcraft. Are lore questions regarding these games ...
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Should questions about dice in general be on-topic? [2023]

This question was asked and answered in 2019 with clear consensus in this Q&A: Should questions about dice in general be on-topic? However, I am asking for a revisit of this discussion, in light ...
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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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How should we deal with questions about 5e rules from people playing Baldur's Gate 3?

We have had several questions from people that play Baldur's Gate 3, and ask about how something that happens in the game works within the 5e tabletop rules. For example: Can a warlock be transformed ...
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Is asking a questions about ChatGPT as tool for character/NPC creation appropriate for this stack?

I want to ask a question about the ways people have used ChatGPT to create NPCs, characters, settings, and adventures for their D&D campaign. The question in mind is something along the lines of &...
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Would a question on Centaur Equine Bond & an ability granting a Climb speed equal to normal speed be on-topic and not a duplicate?

I have a rules question I believe isn't covered by the three similar (but not duplicate questions). Is this something that should be answered on the other questions or does it deserve it's own ...
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Are questions about bugs in virtual tabletops (VTTs) on topic?

This question is about a potential bug in someone's Foundry VTT setup for PF2e. In short, are these kinds of questions about bugs in virtual tabletops (VTTs) on topic? It seems hard to answer with ...
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Is Blood On The Clocktower on topic here?

Is this the correct forum for Blood On The Clocktower questions? It's more of a social deduction game, and less of a RPG.
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Are potatoes on-topic here?

As Potato is a single page game, here it is: Potato was mentioned in this question as an example of a one page RPG, and the objection was raised in the comments there that it wasn't an RPG. My ...
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Are questions about rule intent on-topic? [2022]

Questions asking for the designer reasoning behind a given rule or other game elements have a long history of needing moderation. (If you're interested in past discussions on the subject, you can get ...
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Is this question about the preservation of books on topic?

The question of concern is How can I preserve books, but keep them accessible?. There has been a good bit of chatter in comments about the on-topicness of the question, and I have seen the close vote ...
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Is RPG.SE a good fit for encyclopedic-like questions and answers?

The question What is a "Game Jam"? asks an interesting question, but maybe is a question asking information more suited to Wikipedia ("Game jam"), which excels at taking a thing, ...
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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

Admittedly a bit slower that we’d have preferred (our bad), this is a continuance of rule intent discussion. (See why I’m avoiding saying revisit below). As a brief summary, questions asking for ...
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Is asking about the design process of roll20 on-topic?

How was the "target" of a spell chosen for the Roll20 Information Block? That question was recently asked and has comments and various votes about whether it should be open or closed. Is it ...
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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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Is it time to revisit rule intent questions?

In June '21, Someone_Evil began a discussion: We need to talk about late votes to “policy” metas. As part of the summary of her overwhelmingly supported answer, doppelgreener includes this point: If ...
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How can I make this question about class stereotypes more specific?

I drafted the following question for main: I've recently gotten back into D&D (the last time I played it was 2e), and I've been doing a lot of reading so I can be a better player. One idea I keep ...
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Is this question about a cast reaction to an in-character utterance from Critical Role on topic?

What was so bad about Bertrand's last line at the end of C3E3? Spoiler Warning: the question does contain spoilers about Critical Role C3E3. This question asks about the reactions given by two ...
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Is this question about identifying a (5e) spell mechanic from the "Fantasy High" YouTube series appropriate for the main site?

I've been watching Fantasy High, the series of 5e sessions filmed and posted on YouTube by alums of the website collegehumor.com. At a certain point, the DM has an NPC do something that uses a spell ...
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Are open-ended system-introduction questions off-topic?

I asked What is Avatar Legends: The RPG, and how does one play it?. It was closed within 30 minutes with the reason "This question needs to be more focused." Should we close it and questions ...
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Answering off-topic questions

Recently, the question What are some easy all-in-one options to play TTRPGs online with only phones? was closed (correctly, I think) as off-topic. By my understanding, the Roomba will clean it in ~9 ...
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Should we close questions where the asker is looking to double check their understanding of basic rules?

A user has recently asked these two questions: What is included with a character's proficiencies when they become a dhampir Understanding how to play a wizard In both questions, they articulate the ...
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How can we distinguish "idea generation" questions from "asking for a solution" ones? [duplicate]

I stumbled upon these two questions which made me think: What drives the plot for antiheroes? - is open and have several different answers with different ideas How can I reasonably prevent Manual of ...
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Are questions about Warhammer 40k Lore on-topic?

Questions regarding lore of a given setting seem to be on-topic on the site, if the setting in question is related to a tabletop roleplaying game: Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage ...
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Are questions related to building LARP safe weapons on-topic here?

According to Are questions about LARPs on topic? LARP questions are OK here, as LARP is a subset of role-playing games. But the question I want to ask is more about DIY techniques than the very act of ...
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Opinion based questions: on-topic and criteria for closing? [duplicate]

Ove the past number of years I've noticed an uptick in questions being closed for being "opinion based" and calls for questions to be closed for that reason. My understanding was that ...
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Is this question about Hide of the Feral Guardian off topic as a designer intent question, and if so, can it be salvaged?

What is the point of this line in the Hide of the Feral Guardian? It's relatively short, I'll provide the entire question text here: The Hide of the Feral Guardian, a legendary item from the ...
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Asking a potentially problematic follow-up question vs. unaccepting an answer

Some time ago, I asked the following question: What is the relation between Tabaxi and ordinary cats? My question in the body text was a bit more nuanced, though: How closely are Tabaxi and ordinary ...
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Can this question on real-world corollaries to Forgotten Realms civilizations be salvaged?

I asked this question: Are any of the kingdoms/realms of the Forgotten Realms based on real world civilisations? It was closed for asking about Designer Intent, which is off topic. I've run into pages ...
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Are answers that include designer reasons on-topic and allowed on this site?

This question was based on a thought I had in reaction to this: Is a question that ends up only having 'designer reason' answers off-topic even if designer reasons aren't specifically what ...
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Is a question that ends up only having 'designer reason' answers off-topic even if designer reasons aren't specifically what the asker is seeking out?

If a user asks the question of why some game element is the way it is, but the user is not specifically looking for designer reasons and there's a reasonable expectation of an in-materials answer as ...
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Is a question asking for a resource list of places to find developer commentary on the construction of D&D 5e's rules on-topic and wanted?

We have the following relevant Meta Q&A which covers the topicality of asking for commentary on specific rules (they are currently considered off-topic): Are questions about rule intent on topic? ...
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Would these official commentary questions be on-topic (and good questions)?

The question Have the D&D 5E designers ever done an official commentary about why they have designed certain rules the way they did? was recently closed due to lack of focus (the close reason I ...
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Revisit: Should we include rule intent/designer intent as off-topic in tour and help pages?

In a recent meta question, we had a user bringing a fair point: I have read the thread. But does a meta-discussion overshadow the official page I've cited? Isn't that illogical? How would a user know ...
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Would this question about when it's better for a Pact of the Chain warlock to have their familiar attack be an on-topic bounded list question?

Recently, I asked this question: For a Pact of the Chain warlock, is choosing to have their familiar attack generally the worse option for the warlock's action? As I mention at the end of the ...
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Star Wars Lore: a Request for Explanation, and Either Migration or Reopening

I've had this question about sources for price benchmarks for typical items/services closed as off-topic. I would like to request either one of two actions, or an explanation of the logic behind what ...
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Are questions about Elder Scrolls lore on-topic?

Elder Scrolls Online has a bustling online community of roleplayers. I found myself recently playing the game that way for quite a bit, and I've found a great amount of joy getting together with my ...
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Are all questions that are even tangentially related to Computer-Based RPGs or computer games off topic for this stack?

My question How do Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2's “rolling” for stats actually get generated? was closed as being off-topic because Questions about playing video games and developing video ...
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"Designer intent" vs asking specifically about the existence of statements from the designers

I'm looking in particular at the close/edit history of How can a wandering, destitute GURPS DFRPG Cleric cast high cost spells? The original question was asking explicitly if there was a statement ...
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Are questions that ask for a list of "similar" D&D 5e features on topic?

In D&D 5e character building or optimization is a substantial part of the game for a decent part of the player base. Often, there are several ways to achieve a certain goal, for example, I want to ...
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Should I ask a question about listing content from Mike Mearls' Happy Fun Hour?

I recently asked a question Has there been a Kraken patron for the Warlock class in Unearthed Arcana?, the answer to which was that this Kraken warlock patron wasn't UA, but was rather part of Mike ...
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Are self-answer questions still allowed?

Shortly put I had a mechanics question about infinity-rpg regarding the stealth system that was not immediately clear. I figured out the solution eventually within the book, but thought it might make ...
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Should questions with the dungeons-and-dragons tag include the worlds of Magic the Gathering?

Simply put, the dungeons-and-dragons tag is for edition-agnostic questions about Dungeons and Dragons. By default, should questions about the worlds and/or lore of Dungeons and Dragons in general ...
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Are market research questions on topic here?

This question came up recently and it's primary focus is to provide market research information to the querent. I'm unclear if this is similar to problem player/interpersonal crossover, but some of ...
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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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Should questions about dice in general be on-topic? [2019]

Over in another meta thread, there is a conversation about a particular question regarding dice-rolling outside of an RPG context. I suggest you read that thread first, but to boil it down to the ...
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Is asking about making specific dice in specific dice-rolling utilities on topic?

For instance, let's say I want to ask the question "I want to make an Anima: Beyond Fantasy die in the Rolisteam dice roller, how do I do that?". (As it happens, I do want to ask this question, since ...
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Would a 5e feat tier list be on-topic?

A not dissimilar question is asked here: Feat classification/ranking The PHB only has 42 feats. A main problem with the above question is the volume of feats in 3.x. Would a 5e version be on topic? ...
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