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Is asking a question about the location (pg number, chapter, etc) of content in a specific book on topic?

Background -- I own and have read the Curse of Strahd, and know of some information that exists within the book but cannot for the life of me remember where I read it in the book. Short of reading ...
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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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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? [duplicate]

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: ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to deal with questions that relate to off-topic influences to on-topic principles?

With the close votes and downvote, I get the feeling my dire question is borderline, with some parts on topic and some off-topic. How do we deal with questions about off-topic influences/sources (...
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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 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 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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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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Are 'Homebrew a class for me' questions allowed on this site?

We have 2 questions (this one and this one) that are asking for answers to homebrew up a class for them. To me this seems like it's both very broad and entirely opinion-based. I can't see a way to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 "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 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 ...