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Are questions about escape games on topic?

We accept questions about LARPs (live action roleplaying games), as discussed in Are questions about LARPs on topic?. Escape puzzles would be off topic here, however. Most escape games do not have ...
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Are questions about Warhammer 40k Lore on-topic?

I’m gonna go ahead and just say “yes” Warhammer 40k is a campaign setting for an RPG. It’s also the setting for a bunch of other things, which means you could reasonably ask about it on SF&F or ...
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Are all questions that are even tangentially related to Computer-Based RPGs or computer games off topic for this stack?

You have two questions, one of which is on topic here and one of which is on topic for Arqade. "How does Baldur's Gate generate stats" is a video game question that should be asked on Arqade. Once ...
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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

On this one, I think it actually should be up to ♦ mods Obviously, having a ♦ doesn’t allow the elected moderators to dictate site policy; it never has, and it never should. I, for one, am still very ...
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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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Why doesn't this site allow opinion-based side questions?

Not just rules Just to get that misconception out of the way first: this isn’t a rules site. We handle many types of questions, so long as they can, in theory, have a “best” answer. We allow answers ...
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Are questions related to building LARP safe weapons on-topic here?

We have handled such DIY questions for live action roleplaying, and should continue to do so. We have several questions dealing with this topic, see the props tag. Here are a few examples: How do I ...
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Is this question about the preservation of books on topic?

On Topic I'd like to open with an oft useful distinction. A question being askable on another stack or useful to other fields is irrelevant to its topicality here. Our criterion is fairly simple (some ...
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Are self-answer questions still allowed?

Self Answers to questions are good Across Stack Exchange, there's always been a stigma against self-answered questions due to the perception that this is intended to function as a kind of Reputation ...
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Should we close questions where the asker is looking to double check their understanding of basic rules?

This category of question is on topic. Stack Exchange's Q&A doesn't just take the form of question and answer. It also takes the form of problem and solution. This principle is why our topicality ...
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Are questions about rule intent on-topic? [2022]

Designer Reasons questions are on-topic Four years on from the initial ban, we’re somewhat tentatively opening the gates again. That means asking designer-reasons questions is allowed. The community ...
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Are questions learning about loaded dice and creating and detecting them on topic?

It depends on whether it's about RPGs or not Questions here must be about RPGs. That's the site topic, and it's a hard requirement for questions. That goes especially — not less — for questions ...
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Are questions about specific people's campaigns on topic?

This question should 100% definitely be on topic, but that doesn't mean every story-identification that has anything to do with RPGs should. One heuristic I've seen referenced on a few meta posts for ...
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Are questions probing a designer's personal life and its influence on his games on topic?

Game design influences are on topic, but personal ones most often hard/impossible to answer I don't think it's necessarily off topic, just usually a poor question. That sort of thing is often going ...
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Can a question about what makes a good session 0 be made on-topic?

I'm going to disagree very slightly and say that it's not so much that "what's a good session 0?" is too opinion-based, it's that it's too broad. The point of session 0 is to establish expectations ...
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Are optimization questions about maximizing a specific attribute on-topic?

I think ultimately they are on-topic—I certainly don’t think they cause any kind of problem that should lead to our deciding otherwise—but I would comment that Stack Exchange tends to not be a great ...
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Are questions about rule intent on topic? [2018]

Yes, they are on topic and should be left open. Designer intent can be found on blogs, interviews, lectures, conference presentations, and more. This logic of restricting designer questions is flawed. ...
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Are self-answer questions still allowed?

Absolutely! There hasn't been a change in policy and we still do it (some of us more than others:) )
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How should we deal with questions about 5e rules from people playing Baldur's Gate 3?

Is the question about BG3 or inspired by BG3? Questions about BG3's mechanics or (game-specific) lore belong on Arqade: they're not about a paper & pencil RPG, they're about a video game. ...
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Are requests for specific users' house rules on- or off-topic?

The question is off-topic because it's a very bad fit for the Stack Exchange's resources (crowds of experts) and mechanics (voting-based evaluation and sorting). The Stack Exchange is founded on the ...
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Should we still accept homebrew questions?

Homebrew questions in general, and that question in particular, are probably fine. There are a lot of reasons why people might create homebrew content. Some people simply enjoy the intellectual ...
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Is the question about the origin of "Waterdhavian" on-topic?

It is on topic. The question is not one of designer intent. It's a question about the existence of lore. We don't generally close questions about the existence of lore or a rule even if it's ...
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Should we add 'designers intent' questions to the "don't ask" questions list on the tour?

I don't think we should. There's a few reasons. We're still in a mess with designer reasons: lots of people are over-sensitive to determining a question is designer reasons, but really the only thing ...
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Should questions with the dungeons-and-dragons tag include the worlds of Magic the Gathering?

No, Ravnica Is Not Part Of The Default D&D World Lore I don't think everyone else is getting what your question is. You're saying that some people ask lore questions they just tag with dungeons-...
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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?

Users are not required to know the answer to their question in order to ask it. This is a fundamental, doesn’t-even-need-to-be-stated, tenet of a Q&A site—any Q&A site. Questions cannot be ...
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Are questions about bugs in virtual tabletops (VTTs) on topic?

Since March 2020, virtual tools and tabletops are the primary media many people use to engage with our hobby. No points for guessing why. The fact of the matter is that since COVID began, many people ...
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Are questions about specific details found in RPG-based novels on topic?

One thing to note in this particular case: WH40k is predominantly not an RPG setting, it's a model wargaming setting. The setting itself has since taken on a life of its own, where it has become an ...
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Is "How long does published adventure X take?" an appropriate question on RPG.SE?

"How long did X take you" is clearly not a good Stack-question. Because every answer is equally valid, so there's no way that voting helps, there's no "good" or "bad" answer, &c. (I'm aware that's ...
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"Designer intent" vs asking specifically about the existence of statements from the designers

It's kind of the same thing really. Think about it, if you ask this... Q: Did the designers make a statement about why they did X? ... then is this really an answer you'd be satisfied with? A: ...
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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

What Is Needed Is Both A Clarification Of Guidelines.... I think any of the three paths laid out in the Question above are reasonable and I don't really have a preference between them. They all seem ...
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