Template:Design Disclaimer

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The format is {{Design Disclaimer|# edition|specific details}}

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This content deviates from # edition standards; Its use could dramatically alter campaigns, take extreme care. DesignDisclaimer.png
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This content intends to provide a different experience, or goes beyond the scope of the anticipated subjects and situations, than the # edition rules were intended to handle. Some portions of the content below may not be what you expect from traditional game content. When implementing this content, DMs and Players should read over all the information carefully, and consider the following specific notes of interest:
specific details


I did not include the word "edition" in the template because of all the different ways people refer to editions, and because of pathfinder and d20M, and in case we one day include BECMI, OD&D, AD&D, or Chainmail on the site. This allows people to enter edition in any format they like:

  • #e
  • # edition
  • number edition
  • tangential game name

This template is used to give contextual explanation for content which may be contentious or difficult to visualize, in the interest of preventing edit/flame wars on the wiki and debates at the table. This template is not justification for broken, overpowered, unfinished, unbalanced, or incomprehensible design, (see Precedent (DnD Guideline)) nor is this template intended to identify pages as being incomplete or broken (see Help:Improving, Reviewing, and Removing Templates). It is designed to communicate an unusual fringe-case piece of homebrew which is conditionally problematic. For example, flight is often cited as being fundamentally unbalanced for PCs by many DMs, however there are many designers and DMs who have absolutely no problem with flight whatsoever, as they design their adventures to challenge their PCs' specific abilities. The result is a never-ending flame-war and debate between hobbyists about a point that is moot: It depends on the DM and the game, and has very little to do with rules balance. There are no good arguments for either side, because evidence is that both sides are true! This template communicates that a piece of homebrew either is, or contains, such a fringe-case, and requires special consideration. In other words, this template is used to shut down grey-area debates regarding the word "balance" without being forced to give certain pages permanent imbalance templates demanding correction, or allowing questionable balance pages to go unmarked. It is our acknowledgement that the word "balance" is fundamentally subjective.

There are a number of pre-scripted disclaimers for recurring subjects. These can be used in the place of the open-field disclaimer as a shortcut.

5e Standardized Disclaimers

Design Disclaimer Articles


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