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Are game recommendation questions on topic? [duplicate]

This Q&A is out of date - see the new answer (no) in Are Game Recommendation Questions On Topic, Revisited Many Stack Exchange sites, like the similar gaming.SE, do not allow game recommendation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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Recommendations for games and published adventures are now off topic due to our policy on them being rescinded.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 campaign research questions on topic? [duplicate]

This conversation was continued two years later with a different conclusion based on the experience gleaned from enacting this one. I was looking at What should I read/watch for information about the ...
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Are list/collection questions on topic?

Related: tag for collection questions ? Should we allow and encourage list/collection questions here? The tradition on the trilogy has been to allow a very few and force them to be CW questions. It ...
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Are “critique my home-brewed content” questions on topic?

If I've developed some home-brewed content for my favorite RPG, such as a new class or monster for a d20 system, would posting it in a question asking for balance-related feedback be appropriate? ...
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Are questions about role-playing derivative board games on topic?

Wizards of the Coast, the same company that publishes DnD, has created a board game called Castle Ravenloft. It uses rules that are derived partially from DnD 4.0. In the future, they also plan to ...
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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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Are questions about LARPs on topic?

Is it okay to ask LARP specific questions?
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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 'fluff' setting related questions relevant?

I was about to ask for help coming up with a list of titles that fit in with the theme of the WH:40K universe (and with Rogue Trader in particular). Latin isn't my first language =) In particular, I ...
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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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What is on topic on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange?

What kinds of questions should be on and off topic on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange? This question is intended to help work through some of the concerns on the site regarding things being off ...
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Can we ask about the existence of a game?

There's a type of question that sits right on the edge of our old game-recommendations set of questions: the “does it exist?” question. Viewed in one light, these are just game recs in sheep's ...
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Are questions about roleplaying within a video game context on topic?

Based on the following question, which happens to be about a roleplaying game taking place within the (non-roleplaying) videogame of Terraria. How to deal with erotic role play (ERP) frequency in a ...
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What do games like Cthulhu require of Campaign Research Questions?

This one's for @Graham; I'd like to hear some explanations of what Cthulu and other games like it need of the fringe-off-topic/too-localized "trivia" questions we discussed in the question Why did the ...
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Tool Recommendations Should Be Allowed [duplicate]

Our game-rec discussion that ended in game-recs being banned focused specifically on game-system recommendation questions (i.e. those tagged game-rec) for the meta-statistics used to support banning. ...
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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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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 general statistics or dice questions on topic?

Are general Statistics questions on topic here? Even if they are tangentially related to RP games? What about general Dice questions? I realize both of these questions are tangentially related to ...
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How do 'Trivia' Questions meet the requirements for posting?

This query came about following a comment on Did Basic D&D invent and popularise the abbreviation XP for experience points? I am particularly interested in how such a question meets the "...
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Are questions about group dynamics/psychology on topic?

The Help Center includes the following two points for on-topic questions: A specific problem with playing or running a table-top RPG Techniques for running or playing RPGs But does that include ...
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Are the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and contents on- or off-topic?

They're basically solo campaigns with the book acting as a DM, as I see it. However, you could argue that they're not, I guess.
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Is trivia on-topic?

We have an old question about trivia questions that we wrestled with, without a real consensus emerging: How do 'Trivia' Questions meet the requirements for posting? I went searching out ...
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How can “Can a D&D character be launched into space?” be asked so it's valid?

Recently we had this question on the site, I've reproduced it completely below for those unable to view it. It directly conflicts with the site FAQ. You should only ask practical, answerable ...
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We are not lawyers. Why do we allow law topics?

This is a site about Role-Playing Games. We are experts on Role-Playing Games. There is a sickening number of questions about law, that are only tangentially related to games, and they are being ...
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Are MUDs/MUSHes/etc. that use RPG systems on-topic?

Are MUDs, MUSHes, and similar text-based roleplay platforms that implement RPG systems in an mostly or entirely automated way on-topic? MUDs lie somewhere on a spectrum between play-by-chat (which we ...
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Are questions of the form “what are all the X with property Y” on-topic?

A number of questions come our way, usually from D&D and Pathfinder, that are of the following form: What are all the [spells|creatures|feats|items|...] that have the [fire|supernatural|undead|...
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Are podcast recommendations off topic?

I see this question being asked about actual podcasts of games and want to ask if there are any podcasts with x criteria. Is this regarded as off-topic or will it be otherwise closed due to some other ...
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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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Why did the automobiles and telephones thread close?

The discussion in Campaign Research Questions suggests that campaign research questions should be allowed. Why did At what point in the 20th Century did automobiles and telephones become ubiquitous ...
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Should we make a new policy for idea solicitation questions?

They seem to be off-topic, according to real question have answers, and we seem to get a lot of them, and we seem to leave them open for a farily long time, letting them draw at least a few low-...
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Are setting questions for something that isn't a game campaign on-topic?

In the sci-fi book I'm currently researching, I'm currently struggling to come up with a reasonable act 3-4 adversary (about 2/3 through the book). Now, ordinarily, I'd ask this on writers.SE, but ...
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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 questions requesting reviews of work on topic?

I think we've agreed that questions asking people to generate content from scratch are off topic. Do we have a stance on questions asking for review of home brew content. For example, I'm working on ...
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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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Are questions learning about loaded dice and creating and detecting them on topic?

Can an oven and melting be used to further alter an existing die's biases or balance? was closed as off topic. Is this area really off topic for our site? If it isn't, can this question be ...
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Are questions about RPG design on topic?

Should questions that ask for help in designing an RPG game, or specific mechanics for an RPG game, be allowed?
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Can I ask about the Witcher table top RPG beta?

There is a Witcher RPG game announced a while back. Would asking a question about the current state of the game be off topic? Clearly, as the game gets made and released, the question would need ...
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Is giving the benefit of the doubt to dice/stats questions that don't mention RPGs resulting in site scope creep?

It has come to my attention that how we have been handling dice statistics, and probability questions in general, has created a perception that they are on topic even when they have nothing to do with ...
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Is this dice mechanism calculation question on-topic?

How can I calculate the probability of being able to purchase a card in my custom die system? has had an interesting life so far: closed (3 votes, incl. a diamond mod) as unclear bunch of comments ...
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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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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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Appropriateness of “I'm Being Picked On” questions

So we have a crop of questions lately like How do you get a DM to stop targeting you? and Betrayed by my GM; how can I respond? I think these questions, unless they hone in on a very specific ...
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Are questions about escape games on topic?

Does this website accept questions about "real-life" role-playing games? In my case, I have questions about "escape games", where you are usually trapped in a room and you have one hour to solve a ...