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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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Tool recommendations aren't off topic yet, Or: Let the community actually decide on that first, because we didn't [duplicate]

A few hours ago, a tool-recommendation question was closed as off topic with the close reason we're now applying to game recommendation questions: Way to manage world factions and events. Now I see ...
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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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Are “list questions” on topic?

A “list question” is a question that generates an endless list of answers, none of them better or worse than any other. They're questions that ask things like “list all the things I could do with a ...
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Are questions about rule intent on topic?

A reasonably common type of question on RPG.SE is "Why does this rule exist" or "why is a rule this way?" These questions come in several flavors, which are not mutually exclusive: "I hate this ...
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Are “choose your own adventure” questions on topic?

Only previous reference is in an answer to What kind of questions can I ask here?, which is 5 years old. We've seen much water pass under the bridge since then. Question inspired by: Choose Your Own ...
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Are campaign research questions on topic, part two?

There is a category of questions on this site that seriously pollutes our scope. Taking these questions to their logical maximum (which I see us continually approaching) everything under the sun has ...
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Are character build or optimization questions on topic?

We attract some character build/optimization questions that are very vague - like this newer ones. How can I add more attack to my Wood Bond Oracle? A class like the "Action Survivor" ...
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Are questions about alignment on topic?

In the various Dungeons & Dragons games, and a limited set of other RPGs, there is the concept of "alignment," which is the ethical and moral disposition of a character. We have a fair number of ...
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Are tool recommendation questions on topic?

Recommendations for games and published adventures are now off topic due to our policy on them being rescinded. The general agreement was that we did have functioning rules for them, but enough users ...
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Are Game Recommendation Questions On Topic, Revisited

Game recommendation questions are sadly NOT on topic here on RPG.SE. This means the following kinds of questions are off topic: I want to play (details) kind of game/story. What game should I use to ...
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What kind of questions can I ask here?

The FAQ says? Role-playing Games - Stack Exchange is for gamemasters and players of tabletop, paper-and-pencil role-playing games. We've had a slight bit of discussion about LARPs that seem ...
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How do we ask and answer subjective questions?

On RPG.SE, we deal with a fair number of questions that don't have a strict, objectively correct answer. Some game rules questions do, but we also have a good number of questions about how to run a ...
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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 questions about a fantasy video game setting on topic here?

I'm running a 5th Edition D&D campaign and one of the players asked to be an Asura from Guild Wars 2. By talking it through with the player, we decided to use the Tinker Gnome racial ...
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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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Mechanics and setting in videogames using a well-established P&P RPG system: on-topic?

There are a bunch of games out there (Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, many Bioware and Obsidian games in general) that use AD&D, D&D 3.5, D&D 4 or other Pen & paper Role playing ...
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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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Is asking about whether Unearthed Arcana rules work on topic?

I would like to ask a question about how well the 5e Unearthed Arcana rules regarding mass combat actually work in practice. The answer that I'm looking for would describe how playing with the UA mass ...
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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 questions entirely about snacks on topic?

In gm-techniques there are lots of questions and answers that mention snacks (One example). Those questions are usually broader than just snacks, and I can't find any question that's only about snacks....
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Should questions about dice in general be on-topic?

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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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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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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Are “Does this type of product exist” questions acceptable?

I am interested in knowing if a particular type of product exists, that is a campaign setting entirely divorced from a game system. I am not looking for a list of products (though a single example ...
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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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Is there a non-opinion-based way to ask a question about handling common situations not touched on by RAW?

For example in this question about damage when falling/diving into water in 5e, where it seems utterly clear there is no RAW, is there a way to query for an acceptable way of handling this that is ...
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Why doesn't this site allow opinion-based side questions?

I have asked several questions which contain side questions. For example, in a question regarding familiars using magic items, I asked What would be the best magic item(s) to give an imp (for ...
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Should we add 'designers intent' questions to the “don't ask” questions list on the tour?

Just as it says on the tin: This comment was left in response to a question closing. The "Don't Ask" section of the Help Center doesn't explicitly state that design intent questions are off ...
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What does this question, regarding the balance of 5E Moon Druids, need to fit on RPG.SE?

I have a concern: Opinions Moon Druids are considered too powerful at low levels. Often times, Moon Druids have no need to spend any spell slots to accomplish their goals, and don't need ...
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Is “How long does published adventure X take?” an appropriate question on RPG.SE?

It would be useful (in my eyes) to users of the site to be able to find roughly how long a published adventure for a given RPG will take, for time estimation / planning in real life. This varies ...
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How to ask a country-specific version of a more general question?

I have a question about my Role-playing Games Stack Exchange post: How to find a tabletop RPG group open to newbies? My question is similar to this one : Where can I find other RPG players? I tried ...
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Is this werewolf homebrew question on-topic?

This question about a homebrew 5e race's balance was closed as off-topic, with a comment about primarily opinion-based. But it seems to me that it's objective enough to compare the constellation of ...
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Would question about legally obtaining access to system X be on topic?

There are many old / obscure / indie RPG systems, not available off the shelf, not easy to find. Or easy to find as a pirated version. Would asking how to get a legal access to specific system be on ...
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Would a question about “D&D to real life” human ethnicities be a good/on-topic question?

Since even before asking my question What human ethnicities exist in other settings besides the Forgotten Realms?, I've wanted to ask a question about how the ethnicities in the question relate to ...
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Should questions touching upon designer reasons be off topic? [duplicate]

This question refers to the closing of a question I submitted a few years ago. Is the omission of a racial +2 to wisdom intentional? At the time, Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition had a gap, in that ...
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Is the question about the origin of “Waterdhavian” on-topic?

The question at hand: In-universe, why is "Waterdhavian" the adjective form of Waterdeep? This question seems to be very close to a designer intent question (which are off topic). It does not fit the ...
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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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Is this question (or some permutation thereof) on topic?

I'm interested in the possible ramifications of switching to a hex grid for combat within DnD5e. It seems to provide a better reflection of how being adjacent/surrounded etc works (there's always a "...
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Are questions asking for references tangential to rules on topic?

A recent question asks: Was there [a specific statement] made by [a designer with special ruling privileges in the game] or other official sources? I am only looking for this quote, I am not ...
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Can we clarify Game Recommendation/Shopping questions further?

I recently wanted to ask a question to see if something was possible RAW in any published RPG systems. It was eventually put on hold as Off Topic - Game Recommendation, and I proceeded to try to edit ...