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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 based on facts or based on experience with a working solution. Or both. That lets us handle a much wider variety of questions than just rules questions. Check ...


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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 Farming. I don't agree with that perception, both from a theoretical perspective, and from the practical perspective of observing that Self-Answered questions ...


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Absolutely! There hasn't been a change in policy and we still do it (some of us more than others:) )


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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 that wasn't working is “explain to me their thought process behind why they did that.” The mod team has had to reopen a lot of questions incorrectly caught ...


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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-and-dragons because there are certain commonalities between the assumed D&D default settings over time that makes "How do bugbears reproduce" or "Why do ...


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In theory, just ask "how do I handle this". This is exactly the kind of question that our policy of Good Subjective, Bad Subjective is supposed to take care of. In practice, just ask "how do I handle this". But don't be surprised if you get a glut of "here's what I would do" answers that gets the question closed as opinion-based. (Especially if you're ...


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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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Yes, questions about using RPG tools to simulate dice rolls for existing RPGs is certainly on-topic. Questions about dice as they relate to RPGs are generally on-topic, as long as they're not some sort of open-ended request for help designing a game. Questions about RPG tools, as long as they are clear and properly scoped, are also welcome on RPG.SE. So ...


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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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Focus on the problem, not the question. "How do I assign damage when someone falls 30' into water," as you note, sometimes doesn't end up working out so well in practice. Miniman's answer pointing out that GS/BS should be shoring up the quality of the answers a question gets is perfectly correct, of course. And it still doesn't always work. I contend that ...


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One point that I haven't seen any significant disagreement on (and which I agree with myself) is that if a person wants to roll some dice and get a number with a particular statistical distribution with a minimum of fuss, there's probably no better place on the internet to ask about it than here. I am indifferent to whether or not RPG.SE wishes to expand ...


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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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For feat evaluation, go one feat at a time: tier list not On Topic Your question sets up a "tier" system as being too broad. Hard to scope. Which feats are good? Which feats are bad? Well, good or bad for what? Without identifying what a feat choice is for, or what its purpose is, scope suffers. You also ask: Should one just ask about specific feats ...


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Do it in two parts: In one question, explain the problem you're seeing with the moon druid. Ask if you're understanding how it works correctly, and ask if this is a major problem like you understand it to be. You can/should say you're concerned this makes the base druid obsolete and ask if that seems more or less accurate. Answers will corroborate or ...


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Yes, questions about RPGs and the RPG industry are on-topic here Even though the vast majority of our questions deal with issues that can be answered by GMs and players, our site serves the entire RPG industry which includes more roles than just "GM" and "player" (eg publisher, writer, etc.) and we have historically considered such questions on-topic here. ...


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No, we should not. We think we're the best people to answer all kinds of questions, because on the Internet I am always the smartest person in the room. However, our site is about role-playing games. That's its appropriate scope. That makes us tangentially good about a lot of things. Dice! Desktop publishing! Fiction! Weaponry! But we have to draw the ...


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I saw your original post. It seemed easy enough, but there were a couple of problems as a question for this format of question/answer site, which has such a heavy focus on creating a big history of answered questions for people to search. The one-question-one-answer format means that if someone has a question like "can imps attune?", they can easily find ...


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This would be very vulnerable to being opinion-based. There are certainly feats that some of us consider S-tier (or whatever ranking you'd like to make the highest), like Lucky. However, even with Lucky, and especially with the feats in the middle tiers, the question becomes "what is the criteria that you judge these feats on", because otherwise, my game ...


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Your first question is probably fine Bounded List questions are on-topic and this question would by definition be bounded. It's probably not a great question and I don't know how popular it would be with vote (I expect at least a few downvotes) but it shouldn't get closed. The version of the question that asks for a website is definitely a shopping ...


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I think market research is on topic (with some qualifiers I’ll touch on below), but I don’t think this question is market research and I don’t think it’s on topic. I think we should look at two tests for whether this is on topic, and I think both need to be met for a question to pass. The question has to be about something within our topic. The question ...


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Quickly downvote answers lacking experience, and leave a comment repudiating their disclaimed ignorance, if any As Miniman points out, the problems that lead to these questions being closed are not usually so much an issue with the questions themselves but with the very low-quality off-the-cuff answers they often attract. The best thing you can do to keep ...


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Homebrew statistics I took a crack at hacking together a couple SEDE queries to pull some data that might be helpful (as suggested by @nitsua60). Below is a graph detailing the number of homebrew questions asked and closed on this site per month since the beginning of the site. The grey line represents the percentage of the questions closed that month. Note ...


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If it is relevant Lets, go through the relevant tags and their intended use: dungeons-and-dragons is for the set of systems of D&D, it does not itself describe a setting, but there are lore questions which spans both multiple systems and often multiple settings and so this tag is applicable. Any setting can have its own tag, such as forgotten-realms ...


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Magic: The Gathering lore in D&D questions If someone asks about D&D lore with the dungeons-and-dragons tag, and someone answers with Magic: The Gathering lore that accurately answers the question, more power to them, I think. I think if it were me asking the question, there is a good chance that such an answer wouldn’t be the one I accept—but I ...


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Also, no I'm going to posit an answer that's more or less a combination of what was posted above coupled with recommendations following my own experiences associated with attempting to answer these kinds of questions over the past year: Demonstrate your familiarity with the system Our comments, suggestions, answers, etc. fall upon deaf ears if the querent ...


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Asking questions about dice should be on topic Just because there are other stacks that may also fit a topic does not mean asking about that topic should be off-topic here. For example, questions about problem players and GMs are inherently interpersonal issues, and there is a stack for that. Should we relegate all those types of topics to the ...


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