Homebrew Rules & Guidelines

Homebrew Rules & Guidelines

Rules & Guidelines

The following are the rules and guidelines for sharing homebrew content with the D&D Beyond Community. You do NOT need to publish your homebrew publically in order to use or share any of it within your own campaign. In addition, both the Site Rules & Guidelines and the Fandom Community Guidelines apply to all public homebrew. Any public homebrew content that violates these rules and guidelines will be denied approval and removed.

Unacceptable content for Public Homebrew

Naming and Shaming

We don't want to see one sided accusations or any other form of naming and shaming as part of any homebrew content.

Personal Information

Personal information about yourself or anyone else should also not be posted in homebrew content on D&D Beyond.

Spamming and Trolling

Neither spamming nor trolling is acceptable as part of any homebrew content creation. This includes but isn’t limited to: creating content for the sole purpose of causing unrest, excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish, posting meme or troll text as part of homebrew content; ie "cool story bro", "u mad", "10/10", captioned images, etc.

Link to other websites

You may not create homebrew and include a link to another website. For example, you may not create a race and include: "for further information, please visit my website/blog/shop". 

Included topics that will result in a ban

  • Illegal PDF/ download of official content or the websites that create/use them.
  • Keyloggers, hoaxes, and/or phishing websites.
  • Activities considered illegal by Wizards of the Coast.
  • Religious opinions/debates (from the real world - fantasy religious principles are generally okay if they are not inflammatory).
  • Hateful language about race, religion, country (Example: US vs. EU threads), political beliefs, etc.
  • Sexually explicit content
  • Content that is considered illegal by law.
  • Referral links for contests, promotions, or anything else.
  • Advertisements

For official D&D Content

  • Do NOT submit official fifth edition D&D material to public homebrew. (e.g. submitting the “Alert” feat from the Player’s Handbook is NOT permitted as part of public homebrew).
  • You may NOT submit material that appeared in “Unearthed Arcana”.
  • Please do not submit minor variations to official content (like a changed weapon for a town guard, or a "warrior" version of a standard monster). It is acceptable to submit variations provided that they contain significant additional changes.

Public Homebrew Guidelines

When using the homebrew features on D&D Beyond, it is important to note that while you have access to the tools to create homebrew, you do not need to publish it. Publishing it means it will be shared with the entire site and used for public consumption. You are always welcome to use your homebrew creations privately to avoid having it rejected from the public should it violate any of the guidelines listed below.

Please note that once you have published a homebrew creation, it cannot be removed. Once published, the creation can only be updated via the “Create new version” option.

If you wish to share your homebrew creation with the greater D&D Beyond community, it must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not submit homebrew creations with names that start with either a space, bracket, symbol, or number.
  • Do not submit homebrew that contains copyrighted material. We can review it again if you remove any and all copyrighted content and any references to it (e.g. Captain America's Shield, anything from Star Wars, etc.).
  • Do not submit any content owned by a third party D&D partner (e.g. Critical Role content, content from Kobold Press, etc).
  • All public homebrew must be in English.
  • Images may not be included or embedded in public homebrew.
  • Please ensure that any public homebrew content you submit contains all of the correct modifiers. Missing modifiers may cause issues with values not appearing properly within the character sheet/character builder.
  • Please ensure all properties/abilities (such as spells and modifiers) are listed in the description, as this is the only field seen when people view the homebrew listings.
  • Please do not submit homebrew that is only designed for personal campaigns. This includes descriptive references to specific PCs/NPCs, as well as places and events.
  • Please do not submit variations of the same submission to public homebrew. For example, you do not need to submit a magic item that deals thunder damage, then submit another that deals fire damage, and so on.
  • Do not re-submit previously rejected submissions without making an attempt to resolve the reason why it was rejected.
  • Do not submit new base or mundane items. If you wish to share your creation of mundane items/weapons, we recommend posting these in the Homebrew Subforums.

Magic Items

Do not submit magical items that are not actually magical items. This includes items that are meant to replicate/emulate Blessings / Curses / Feats / Class features etc.

Races

You may not create subraces for official races that do not normally have subraces. For example, you would not be able to create subraces for Dragonborn (but would be able to create a Dragonborn Variant, as long as it’s sufficiently different from the version found in official material).


Just to reiterate, you can always use homebrew privately for your own games!