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How can I ask a good homebrew review question?

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 ...
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Is homebrew an acceptable answer to a question?

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 ...
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What distinction is being drawn between house-rules and homebrew?

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 ...
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Do we want a [homebrew-review] tag separate from the [homebrew] tag?

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 ...
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Can we develop a system to avoid/discourage subsequent homebrew critique question edits?

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 ...
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Are "is this balanced" questions on-topic?

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 ...
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When is "Make it up yourself" a good answer?

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 ...
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Should I make a generic “Is my homebrew game content balanced?” Question with an Answer of “Probably not, No”?

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 ...
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Keep my homebrew stuff secret in order to avoid biased answers

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 ...
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Are 'Homebrew a class for me' questions allowed on this site?

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 ...
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For iterated homebrew questions, should earlier iterations be marked as duplicates of later iterations?

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 ...
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What rules/guidance do we want to give for homebrew review questions, if any?

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 ...
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Should questions about Critical Role 3rd party material be tagged Homebrew?

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 ...
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Close Reason for "Homebrew this for me" questions

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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Is poorly balanced homebrew considered "low-effort"?

Homebrew review is a "show your work" type problem. Homebrew content creation does not necessarily require a master's understanding of the underlying system. While experienced designers to produce ...
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Should I accept an answer to a homebrew-review question if I think I might be biased?

You are free to accept any answer that you like, even when it has 20 downvotes. From What does it mean when an answer is "accepted"? Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and ...
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How should I ask about my D&D 5e Homebrew being balanced?

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 ...
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Is "No, this is what that would look like" an acceptable answer?

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 ...
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Why do my questions about homebrew content get downvoted?

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 ...
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Why are my homebrew posts being downvoted and ignored while another user at the exact same time has many upvotes and thousands of views?

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 ...
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Why are my homebrew posts being downvoted and ignored while another user at the exact same time has many upvotes and thousands of views?

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 ...
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Are we satisfied with the state of homebrew review questions?

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 ...
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Are "is this balanced" questions on-topic?

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 ...
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Would this structure of my homebrew question be acceptable?

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 ...
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When do homebrew suggestions need to be playtested by an answerer?

As always, it's a continuum. If someone produces an entire piece of content from whole cloth - e.g. a new character class, feat, spell, monster - we really think they should playtest that before ...
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Are we satisfied with the state of homebrew review questions?

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 ...
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What rules/guidance do we want to give for homebrew review questions, if any?

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 ...
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Are we satisfied with the state of homebrew review questions?

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'...
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How do we ask for homebrew suggestions?

“Give me your experience with homebrew armour rules” is not a question that would survive on the main site. It's a poll, which means every answer is equally valid, which is one of the kinds of ...
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Stricter guidance on homebrew answers with no demonstrated evidence of use

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 ...
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