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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This Q&A is out of date - see the new answer (no) in Are Game Recommendation Questions On Topic, Revisited Many Stack Exchange sites, like the similar gaming.SE, do not allow game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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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 “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 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 ...
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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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Is an answer on topic if it recommends a game that isn't a role-playing game?

The question Can I play D&D4E solo? seems to really need an answer recommending Wizards of the Coast's line of Dungeons & Dragons Board Games (e.g. Legend of Drizzt, Wrath of Ashardalon), and ...
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Are questions about publishing RPGs on topic?

There is a big crossover, with indie RPGs, between playing, designing and publishing. Can we ask questions about publishing RPGs, such as: What instructions should I give playtesters? What is the ...
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Are questions about fantasy-football type games on topic?

This question appears to be asking about creating a fantasy football type of game system for rock bands. That's great. But is it on topic for us? A quick Google search will tell you that fantasy ...
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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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Are questions about specific people's campaigns on topic?

As in individual games rather than the game system itself. A recent question, What is this story I recall about an extremely long ever-changing character backstory?, had the following comment ...
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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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Are RPG tool support questions on topic?

I'm keen to use RPGwithme.com and it seems to require a character import from HeroLab or similar. Would questions on how to use tools like this be on-topic?
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Are questions probing a designer's personal life and its influence on his games on topic?

I feel like the question https://rpg.stackexchange.com/q/94713/8610 has an answer, but even considering the question—and bracing for an onslaught of similar questions like How did Gygax's narcissism ...
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Can a question about what makes a good session 0 be made on-topic?

Over the past few months I've noticed a ton of questions - particularly in problem-players and gm-techniques - which are answered in part by suggesting that the GM have a session 0 (a pregame session ...
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Are requests for specific users' house rules on- or off-topic?

Recently, a user posted a question asking for a specific user's house rules. This question was promptly closed as off-topic, and I feel like the community made the right decision, but I can't put my ...
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Are “Who owns the rights to a game line” questions on topic?

I want to ask a question regarding who currently has the rights to publish a popular game line that's changed hands a few times. During my due-diligence searching of past questions, however, I came ...
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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 “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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 questions about specific details found in RPG-based novels on topic?

Inspired by this question, are questions that ask about a specific detail (like, for example, the color of a creature's blood) or specific incident (like how a specific action could occur) on topic ...
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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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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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Are questions about scene-setting on topic?

I'm not talking about campaign settings either, but in cases of specific scenes or locales such as big finales or plot development (RPG style). Example questions would be "How can I best inspire a ...
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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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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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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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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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When are questions that attempt to add 'real-life' to a game okay and on-topic?

Recently we've had two questions that have attempted to reach beyond to scope of the game they were questioning. The first one, found here, was closed as off-topic for treating D&D 3.5e like a ...
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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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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 ...