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If, after well articulated research, you can reasonably suggest there's something missing for what's being sought in the originating system, and the querent doesn't explicitly forbid homebrew, you can answer with a "Your system doesn't support your request, but here is some homebrew I wrote, and here's how it played out in a game I ran." That last bit is ...


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It’s often worth exploring the Stack Exchange network to see if other sites have found good solutions to a given problem. For example, in this case, we have Code Review, which is basically an entire Stack devoted to “homebrew” critique. They therefore have had to address this issue, and appear to be quite successful. So taking a look at their policy could ...


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Yeah, let’s do it. These are distinct categories that have separate reader and expert audiences. Since review has emerged as a distinct question topic it should have its own tag, especially if it’s flooding the existing tag.


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I'll take a slightly different tack from Shalvenay: homebrew is for non-published content. Feats, classes, abilities, perks, traits, talents, or any other mechanical component not published by the holder of the license, or appropriately authorized third parties, constitutes homebrew, whether it's written by the group in question or some random person on the ...


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I don't have a strong opinion on whether they're on-topic or not, but they often go like this: Question: Is X balanced? Answer: No, here's what would need to change for X to be balanced. (Here's where things go horribly wrong...) Question edited: Is X balanced now that I changed it? That's not something that works in the SE format. It ...


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1. State what you want to achieve, and why you want a review. In order to give you feedback on whether your material is functioning well at its purpose, we need to know what that purpose is. Please also tell us if there's anything you're particularly worried about or looking to improve or fix. As you share your homebrew, tell us: What it should accomplish,...


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A good "make it up yourself" answer makes effort to demonstrate exactly why "Do it yourself, I can't help" is the best possible answer. A great "make it up yourself" answer gives some examples of making it up; the answerer's own experience with similar situations would be valuable. You're effectively talking about a challenge to the frame of the question, ...


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That's Unfriendly and Unhelpful We come here to solve problems. We give answers to questions that include explanations or backing. When a homebrewer asks a review question, it is implicit that 'is it balanced' should not be answered by a mere 'yes/no', but also have the reasoning for why something is or isn't OK. A generic answer by definition doesn't ...


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I've cleaned up the comments on your question. The benefit of mentioning the ring is homebrew is that, if you don't, people will respond going "wait, there's a ring that lets me do that!?" and go looking for it, both out of curiousity and because it may materially relate to your situation. You mentioned you weren't sure if you were applying the rules ...


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We should probably not be closing as duplicate this way. I've checked with a Code Review moderator about how they handle this. (Code review is currently my measuring stick for what makes successful iterative review.) They specifically do not close version 1 as a duplicate of version 2. They do require version 2 to link back to version 1, which puts version ...


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There are three hurdles that must be passed in my mind: Is there a way for there to be a best answer to this question? I.e. are sufficient criteria given for assessing whether an answer is good or not. Is there a way for good subjective to apply? Homebrew must be tested by experience, not just made up on the spot. The question must be able to point to this ...


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No, this tag is about helping people homebrew their own content. Firstly, let us look at the current guidance offered by the homebrew tag description: For questions about homebrewing new rules content for an existing system, this tag should be used when locally-created, non-published content is at the heart of the question. and This tag is for ...


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Magician's quote from chat (emphasis mine): Is anyone here familiar with AW/DW/tremulus? Wealth didn't make any sense in the latter, so I wrote up a couple moves to earn and spend it. There's nothing exciting about them, but I'm wondering if there are any potential problems. I think homebrew evaluation is OK as long as it's part 2 of a multipart question....


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Yes, homebrew questions are allowed. I am not in favor of coming up with 100 different categories of question content we think are good or bad. If a specific question is not a good SE question, it will be closed. If it is a good one, it will thrive. The guidelines on what makes a good SE question are - while not "clear" exactly, because it's the FAQ as ...


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I have often seen "too broad" and "opinion based" as reasons to close homebrew requests. I'd recommend using "opinion based" as the close reason.


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As usual, first present your problem, not your solution Usually, homebrewing something is about creating a new thing that does some particular stuff that you want, but is inexistent in the original published content, or to solve something you think it is a problem. For example, this question is about rebalancing winged races, which OP sees as problematic/...


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We have very few rules on what is an appropriate or inappropriate approach to answering questions. This is a deliberate design choice (as in, it’s been built into the site for us, not a matter of community preferences): answer writers are free to experiment and try to answer in the best way they think they can, so that we have a chance of attracting the ...


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Vote to Close rapid iteration as duplicates I suggested this in the other thread and there was some support for it. Really this is just an enforcement method for our current guidelines. So here is a formal suggestion. Leave at least 72 hours between iterations. Homebrew is an iterative process and the correct method for this is to post new questions for ...


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Yes, they're on topic and should remain so. We can answer them effectively and can get pretty satisfying answers to these questions that are good examples of our quality guidelines. We agree they're relevant to RPG expertise and they get answered based on a mix of subjective expertise and objective reference. Declaring a category of RPG questions off topic ...


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Views are easy: the other question hit the "Hot Network Questions" list 21 hours ago. Yours has not. Downvotes are a little tougher: even we elected mods cannot see who downvoted your post, nor when the downvotes came in (so as to time them against the comments the post received). But the commenters left some obvious reasons they might have downvoted your ...


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Not to put too fine a point on it, the other post you reference looks a lot more like a warlock patron than yours does. As several comments pointed out, offering 3 choices of feature at most levels isn't normal, and it's additional complexity on one of the most complex classes, arguably the most complex. It also makes it a much more difficult question for ...


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Often times, it's lack of effort While not everyone has necessarily read the meta on how to ask homebrew, we nearly always link to that in the comments for the initial posting. If someone doesn't adjust their question based on our recommendations, I'll generally downvote. As for iterations, the same very much applies. Those guidelines should still be ...


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I would be disappointed to see them go I may be somewhat biased as I am one of the more active users on the homebrew tag since I joined the site. However, I do not agree that homebrew question in general are an issue on this site. Moreover, I think that banning them, as suggested by Oblivious Sage would only be a net-loss to the site. Sure, homebrew ...


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Lead with the new, improved version of the spell. Steps 1 and 2 are not really all that necessary. Structure it like this: Link back to the previous iteration, i.e. the previous question The updated version of the spell Tell us what you're trying to do, such as telling us that desired spell level equivalent Describe briefly what you've changed in response ...


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We should probably improve the meta guidance we give to users for homebrew review requests. I done messed up in creating it the first time around. See, I asked a generic guidance topic (How can I ask a good homebrew review question?) and then two weeks later asked a more specific guidance topic just for D&D 5e (How should I ask about my D&D 5e ...


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Honestly, No. My answer to another meta question covers the vast majority of my concerns in that many homebrew questions feel like they've been posted before they are ready to do so. Just like you don't hand a paper around to be edited before you've done several rounds yourself, the same goes for homebrew questions. We're not here to write the homebrew ...


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Very few to no special rules I am a fan of adding one particular rule (I'll get back to that) but adding on a lot of new rules unique to this one type of question is not going to make homebrew reviews succeed. In fact it's probably the best way to ensure they fail, and the more rules we add the faster the failure process will go. When game recs were on ...


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Game-rec questions are a special category. They're perpetually only tentatively allowed, and the heavy moderation applied to them is the minimum necessary to keep it that way. Since this is special handling, it doesn't set automatic precedents - so our policies there don't set precedent for other parts of the site. We don't need special policy for homebrew ...


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I agree with @BrianBallsunStanton's answer, and believe that these two questions can be a fit for the site given those criteria. The questions are pretty specific about the exact attributes they want the resulting class to have (feels like the 4e avenger in that it uses giant sword, but can Turn Undead and isn't STR-based). There are rules/guidelines for ...


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The stack should not be used for iterative design The way the Q&A system works on this site is not intended for, nor should it be used (IMO), for iterative design processes. Edits for clarity or for focusing a question or for major improvement (eg allowing a closed non-stackable question to be reopened) are all good reasons to edit and the answers ...


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