Talk:Feat Design (5e Guideline)

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It's tough to give guidelines about good feat design without using the mechanics of existing feats other than Grappler as what extent does copyright restrict this? How much regarding Shield Master or Sentinel, for example, can we publish here? --Carcabob (talk) 14:49, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Fair use would allow use to use a small portion of a feat's text, since we are discussing it critically, and the reader can't reproduce the whole feat with it. Marasmusine (talk) 16:32, 1 May 2017 (UTC)


Not sure if the advice given should be adjusted. It didn't sit right with me when I first read it months ago but having XGE as a reference, none of the feats there make sense with the simple advice given. I understand this to be a quick way to help, but it comes off to me as the right way it should be done, and this simply isn't true considering WotC's publication.

  • example Xanather's Guide to Everything feat names: Dragon Fear, Fade Away, Orcish Fury, etc...

BigShotFancyMan (talk) 13:01, 13 December 2017 (MST)

I believe the suggestion comes from the naming convention of the PHB feats, but if this is no longer the sole way WotC names feats, I agree with you that the advice should be removed.--GamerAim Chatmod.png (talk) 13:04, 13 December 2017 (MST)
Yeah, that was how naming was done in the PHB. I can't remember where, but I think the designers discussed it somewhere, perhaps in UA or Sage Advice or something. My best guess for this deviation is simply the nature of racial feats. They can't describe ANY character, but rather, they're intended to be abilities that make your character feel even more like part of their race, named as if the feats were additional racial traits. I think we could update the advice to include this about racial traits. Thoughts? --Carcabob (talk) 13:43, 13 December 2017 (MST)
That sounds like a good theory. I hadn't considered the difference between general feats and racial ones being why. Might be helpful way to help others that bother to read up on the design guide. BigShotFancyMan (talk) 13:46, 13 December 2017 (MST)

Feat Design Workshop[edit]

D&D Beyond just released a really nice guide about feat design: Should we put a link to it on this page? I'm not sure how that works... --Carcabob (talk) 09:47, 13 March 2018 (MDT)

Thanks for the link. --Green Dragon (talk) 23:48, 18 March 2018 (MDT)
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