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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 ...
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Inquiring about creating an algorithm

Based on some questions I have been poring through lately regarding the usage of Insight and Deception rolls in D&D 4E, I came across the idea to add a sort of "gambling mini-game" to my campaign ...
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Is "What is confusing or unclear about this wording" a proper question for rpg.se?

I'm building a homebrew magic item and I know the wording could be improved, but I need more eyes because things are clearer to me by nature of me knowing the intent. Is this appropriate for RPG.SE or ...
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Is this alignment question on or off-topic?

A user asked this question: Is a character's OFFICIAL alignment their ACTED or INTENDED alignment? After much fuss over someone answering the question before it was tagged with the correct game, the ...
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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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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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Is 'what is the rationale behind the design of X' a proper question for rpg.se?

The question: Is 'what is the rationale behind the design of X' a proper question for rpg.se? To elaborate: The question is motivated by my current predicament: D&D 3 and 3.5 have certainly shown ...
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Will this work for the main site: "How Do I Get Players to Post More?"

Please let me know if this question fits or if it can/should be adjusted to fit within the main site and how. Its kind of long but thats because our play system has aspects I feel I need to explain so ...
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Is this the sort of place to ask about game design for my own game?

I want to ask about game design for a totally homebrew game I'm doing. But having read the rules it appears the questions are specifically known tabletops. Is asking about how I can design my game ...
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Question for others as opposed to me [duplicate]

Can I ask a question if I know the answer but I think it may be useful for future viewers? Essentially, I had a question that detailed research revealed the answer to but I could see other people ...
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What is on topic for Role-playing Meta Stack Exchange

There doesn't seem to be any location to find this information, and I have a few questions that don't fit with many of the current meta questions.
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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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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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Would this question about lowering the barrier to entry on choosing spells be closed?

I'm about to kick off a second D&D 5e campaign for a set of friends interested in trying D&D for the first time. They've got nearly zero experience with the game, and we're hitting some ...
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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 optimization questions about maximizing a specific attribute on-topic?

Specifically, are questions that specifically target the maximising of a specific character attribute value (at any cost or means) on-topic? For example, for D&D3.5: "How to maximise a Wizard's ...
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Danish roleplaying forums off topic?

Concerning this question: Where online do Danish roleplaying conversations happen? Could someone explain why it is a recommendation question? It is asking a well-defined question (Danish language ...
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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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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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Are spell comparison questions on-topic and sufficiently objective?

After asking this question (Functionally, how does Power Word Kill work?), it was suggested to me in the comments that I may instead want to ask how Power Word Kill compares to other level 9 spells. ...
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Are questions in the form of "is there an RPG based on X" on-topic?

I've been pondering this, as shopping questions tend to be thrown out across the whole of SE. Still, it'd be a useful question to ask sometimes for some people, with potentially singular answers. Can ...
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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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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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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 [online-resources] on-topic?

I just noticed online-resources today, which tag-wiki starts: About finding resources online. To me this immediately screams "off-topic, recommendation." Looking at the 44 questions tagged with ...
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Am I allowed to ask questions about Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines plot here, or should I go for Arqade?

Vampire: the Masquerade — Bloodlines is a PC game from 2004. This game is very old, and does not have an active community on Arqade. There are forums, but forums aren't as good as SE. If I want ...
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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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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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Is a question asking for help finding a monster that meets a particular description on topic?

I have an idea of the kind of monster I want my party to face in their next big encounter, but I don't have enough free time to go through the beastiary to find an existing creature that fits the idea ...
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Why is this question not off topic?

A question, asked years ago, was voted closed as off topic by the community. It is a shopping question, and all shopping questions no matter how good or bad were deemed off-topic. It was reopened by ...
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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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Where to ask about a game that straddles the line?

I have fond memories of Wizards, by Avalon Hill. To me it's basically an RPG - your characters have stats and levels, roll dice for random encounters, etc. It has some issues, though, so I want to ...
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Our "On Topic" page still implies game-recs are on topic

"What topics can I ask about here?" still says: Do some research before asking for games that have/do X so that you're asking an answerable question - also review the site guidance on asking game ...
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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 very "metagamey" questions allowed?

So our DM ended on a cliffhanger last time. We just got to see the boss we're gonna fight and got a few very vague clues towards what it was... including the DM throwing over his DM barricade thing ...
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Should we define Role-Playing Games [duplicate]

A recent meta question asked if role-playing in video games is on topic here. The question was focused on one held question on main, and the answers seamed focused on the question. But it got me ...
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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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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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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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Are table top battle games acceptable? [duplicate]

I'd like to find out if asking questions about table top turn based strategy games such as Warhammer, War Machine, Hordes, etc. are acceptable for this community.
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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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Where do I find “Where do I find Obscure-RPG-Document”?

In a quest to identify a product (a specific role-playing-poem again), I found one that might be what I am looking for. Now I am trying to track down more information about it, preferably the actual ...
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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 ...