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How much pedagogical detail is legit in student-oriented game recommendation?

I'm thinking of asking and self-answering a game-recommendation question. I teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL/ESOL) at a foreign university. I had a great experience last semester running 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 rpg-specific collector questions on-topic?

Sparked by comments on https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/56737/which-is-the-most-obscure-rare-or-hard-to-find-fantasy-rpg-ever-published?noredirect=1#comment117817_56737 I think we can all ...
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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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How to build X in (a point-buy system)

In strictly point-buy systems (like GURPS and HERO System) you can build pretty much any character/vehicle/gadget you can think of if you know how to combine the powers and modifications thereof. ...
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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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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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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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Is theoretical charop on-topic or off-topic?

I just noticed that the tag wiki for optimization says While practical CharOp, solving specific build problems for a specific character in a specific game is encouraged here at RPG.SE, general ...
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Are requests for help in coming up with plot details on topic, and how should I tag them?

I'm creating an adventure for my game world and would like help coming up with specific details. Answers would necessarily be rather specific to the scenario (although system-agnostic and probably ...
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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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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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Scope of questions regarding fictional species appearing in RPGs

The question Centaurs, do they have control of their bodily functions? asks what I consider to be a legitimate question (albeit containing misconceptions about real-world zoology) about a fictional ...
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Can I ask about game-helping tools and software here?

I need a spellbook manager. Or some other tool, not really important for the sake of discussion. Can I ask about it on main site? Or would it be off topic? I know software recommendations site, but I ...
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Would a question about finding art resources of a very specific style/theme/content would be on topic here?

I'm looking for concept artwork to support an RPG campaign, and I'm having trouble finding more art in the same vein as a particular image I really like (specifically a particular character model for ...
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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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What are the acceptable limits for questions using the probability tag?

A recent question has led to me seeking clarification as to what exactly counts as being 'on topic' for questions asking about probability. The question I am referring to is Help Needed With ...
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Are questions about the mere existence of games on-topic?

I'm asking this because of this question: Looking for a WWII RPG that requires no adaptation/conversion The question is simply asking whether games of a specific type exist. The question has been put ...
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Are "will this party work" questions allowed?

I want to ask a question about a party. I'm GMing and I want to know if a campaign a particular set of characters would be too hard to run: we are only 4 people (so 3 PCs) and they all want to be a ...
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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 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 '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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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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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 "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 questions about play-by-mail/email games acceptable? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable for me to ask questions about play-by-mail/email games, and for suggestions of PBM games to try?
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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 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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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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Is "shop recommendation" questions on-topic?

Earlier today, I was wondering where a good (local) shop to buy GURPS source books was to be found. I already have an answer, but wonderde if this would be on-topic or not for RPG.SE On one hand, it ...
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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 the questions about the game choice for given situation on-topic here?

Are the questions about choosing the game system for given social situation on-topic here? As example, I would like to ask, which game is good for the train travel in the group 4 to 8 people, which ...
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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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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 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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"Good Azlanti Dungeon Adventure?" v. "What RPG worlds/systems work best together in crossover combinations?"

OpaCitiZen: I don't really see how this Q is different from Suggested System/Mechanics/Setting Choices for X-Files/Fringe Inspired Game? and What RPG worlds/systems work best together in crossover ...
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Are communities tools?

In our FAQ we explicitly allow questions about RPG tools and equipment. Recently we got this question which someone suggested fell under that clause of the FAQ. Are online communities really tools? ...
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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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Should we allow questions that are quite possibly very limited in time-scope?

... I'm thinking of questions like "what supplements for Game X are in print?", or "who's the current publisher of Game Y?". It seems to me that there are two ways to go: allow these questions but ...
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Should we prohibit requests for free material in our help documentation?

Our list of off-topic or prohibited questions does not include: "Can you send me, or direct me to, a free copy of a game I would like?" Is it possible to have this sort of thing added, so that we ...
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Are questions about seasonal games on topic?

So, if I wanted to ask "What kind of one off games would be ideal for Halloween?", would that be closed as off topic because it is too broad, or maybe because it's too localized in time? What if I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why lock this question?

https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/8163/can-a-dd-character-be-launched-into-space I don't see it as meeting any of the criteria given in What is a locked post? I have no quarrel with the ...
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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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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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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 ...