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Homebrew

This is currently being developed so it will be a bit rough as we develop better content and as we get feedback on what helps, and what doesn't.


FIRST things first.
When we say homebrew in the sense of 5eTools, it's more than what you might be normally be used to, homebrew content effectively means any content that is not WoTC and is also available for use within 5eTools. This will include licensed 3rd party content such as Green Ronin; Kobold Press; Paizo; etc. You can see the list of Offical content [LEGEND
For Whom πŸ§™ DM ⛹️ Player
Type πŸ—οΈ Adventure πŸ“š Book 🏫 Class 🧝 Race πŸ’° Item πŸ§™ Spell
🍣 RAW 🍺 Homebrew πŸ—οΈ Adventure
AL πŸ† AL Legal πŸ₯‡ AL Legal+ πŸ₯ˆ Not AL Legal



Title Abbrev Type AL Whom Buy?
Player's Handbook PhB πŸ† πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Dungeon Master's DMG 🍣 πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Dungeon Master's Screen Screen πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Monster Manual MM πŸ₯‡ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Sword Coast Adventure's Guide SCAG πŸ₯‡ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Volo's Guide to Monsters VGM πŸ₯‡ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Xanathar's Guide to Everything XGE πŸ₯‡ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Elemental Evil Player's Companion EEPC πŸ₯‡ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Elemental Evil: Trinkets EET πŸ† πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes MTF 🍣 πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron UAWGE πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Mythic Odysseys of Theros MoT πŸ—οΈ πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Adventurers' League AL πŸ† πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Adventurers' League:
Curse of Strahd
ALCurseOfStrahd πŸ—οΈ πŸ† πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Adventurers' League:
Elemental Evil
ALElementalEvil πŸ—οΈ πŸ† πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Adventurers' League:
Rage of Demons
ALRageOfDemons πŸ—οΈ πŸ† πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Aquisitions Incorporated AI πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Lost Mines of Phandelver LMoP πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Hoard of the Dragon Queen HoDQ πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Rise of Tiamat RoT πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Rise of Tiamat Online Supplement RoTOS πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Princes of the Apocalypse PotA πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Out of the Abyss OotA πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Curse of Strahd CoS πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Storm King's Thunder SKT πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tales from the Yawning Portal:
Against the Giants
TftYP-AtG πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tales from the Yawning Portal:
Dead in Thay
TftYP-DiT πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tales from the Yawning Portal:
The Forge of Fury
TftYP-TFoF πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tales from the Yawning Portal:
The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
TftYP-THSoT πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tales from the Yawning Portal:
The Sunless Citadel
TftYP-TSC πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tales from the Yawning Portal:
Tomb of Horrors
TftYP-ToH πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tales from the Yawning Portal:
White Plume Mountain
TftYP-WPM πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Tomb of Annihilation ToA πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist WDH πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage WDMM πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Krenko's Way KKW πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Lost Laboratory of Kwalish LLK πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Ghosts of Saltmarsh GoS πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Hunt for the T-hydra HftT πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Dragon of Icespire Peak DIP πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
The Orrery of the Wanderer OoW πŸ—οΈ πŸ§™ πŸ’Έ
Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica GGR πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Planeshift:Amonket PSA πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Planeshift:Dominaria PSD πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Planeshift:Innistrad PSI πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Planeshift:Ixalan PSX πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Planeshift:Kaladesh PSK πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Planeshift:Zendikar PSZ πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
The Tortle Package TTP πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
One Grung Above OGA πŸ₯‡ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Dragon Magazine Mag πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana UA πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Artificer
UA
Artificer
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Eladrin and Gith
UA
EladrinAndGith
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Eberron
UA
Eberron
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Feats for Races
UA
FeatsForRaces
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Feats for Skills
UA
FeatsForSkills
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Fiendish Options
UA
FiendishOptions
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Feats
UA
Feats
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Gothic Heroes
UA
GothicHeroes
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Modern Magic
UA
ModernMagic
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Starter Spells
UA
StarterSpells
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
The Mystic Class
UA
TheMysticClass
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
That Old Black Magic
UA
ThatOldBlackMagic
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
The Ranger, Revised
UA
TheRangerRevised
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Waterborne Adventures
UA
WaterborneAdventures
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Variant Rules
UA
VariantRules
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Light, Dark, Underdark!
UA
LightDarkUnderdark
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Ranger and Rogue
UA
RangerAndRogue
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
A Trio of Subclasses
UA
ATrioOfSubclasses
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Barbarian Primal Paths
UA
BarbarianPrimalPaths
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Revised Subclasses
UA
RevisedSubclasses
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Kits of Old
UA
KitsOfOld
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Bard: Bard Colleges
UA
BardBardColleges
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Cleric: Divine Domains
UA
ClericDivineDomains
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Druid
UA
Druid
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Revised Class Options
UA
RevisedClassOptions
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Fighter
UA
Fighter
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Monk
UA
Monk
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Paladin
UA
Paladin
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Modifying Classes
UA
ModifyingClasses
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Sorcerer
UA
Sorcerer
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Warlock and Wizard
UA
WarlockAndWizard
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
The Faithful
UA
TheFaithful
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Wizard Revisited
UA
WizardRevisited
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Elf Subraces
UA
ElfSubraces
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Mass Combat
UA
MassCombat
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Three-Pillar Experience
UA
ThreePillarExperience
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Greyhawk Initiative
UA
GreyhawkInitiative
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Three Subclasses
UA
ThreeSubclasses
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Order Domain
UA
OrderDomain
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Centaurs and Minotaurs
UA
CentaursMinotaurs
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Giant Soul Sorcerer
UA
GiantSoulSorcerer
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Races of Eberron
UA
RacesOfEberron
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Races of Ravnica
UA
RacesOfRavnica
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Of Ships and the Sea
UA
OfShipsAndSea
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Sidekicks
UA
Sidekicks
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Unearthed Arcana
Artificer Revisited
UA
ArtificerRevisited
πŸ₯ˆ πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Livestream (Mearl's Happy Hour) Stream 🍺 πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ
Twitter Titter 🍺 πŸ§™β›ΉοΈ πŸ’Έ

here].


When it's used within 5eTools, Homebrew also includes the means to take your ideas and use them as part of the site. (ie Homebrew Manager is how you include non SRD/RAW content)


SECOND().
That requires some additional work from what you may be familiar with RE: Homebrewry, GMBinder, or just drafting up a thought in a word processor. It helps to have a minor understanding of a data structure called JSON. If you've used Homebrewry or GMBinder, CritterDB or the like, it's not that different.


We'll do our best to give you the support to build your own homebrew for 5eTools.


This process is outlined below and will link to the associated documents.



To Create Homebrew

To convert homebrew into 5eTools you will:
  • Find content you wish to migrate into 5eTools
  • Decide how to break it down for 5eTools
  • Determine Tools
  • Review Sample(s) & Related works
  • Review Template
  • Register/List your homebrew on the Tracking Worksheet
  • Open Editor / Tool
  • Develop META header
  • Begin Conversion
  • Test code in JSONlint
  • Attempt to upload through Manage Homebrew
  • Test each section that was added

Homebrew: Diety Homebrew: How to Homebrew: JSON Overview Homebrew: Overview Homebrew: Psionic Homebrew: Resources Homebrew: Spell Homebrew Repository

How to create a Homebrew JSON for 5eTools

There are some site-specific Tools to make Homebrew for the 5eTools.




Site Tools

Homebrew Builder
Great for Monsters & Spells
Text Converter
Helpful for converting Tables and statblock from Markdown or simple text
Renderer Demo
A style guide / practical reference of the various tags with side by side comparison of code to render, which means it provides a place to test out snippets of entries. MOST IMPORTANT TOOL FOR COVERTING QUALITY CONTENT.
It will not render a fully developed homebrew from JSON, it works for the embedded content (ie the "meat" or content).
Example Files
Each type has a sample file for reference to see how they are constructed, what is included and how formatting applies for such.
Schema
The specifics and requirements of the various types.
Homebrew Manager
Ultimately, the homebrew is

External Tools

JSONlint.com
This site validates basic JSON structure (syntax) and points out what you're missing.
5eTools' Community Discord
specifically the #Brew-Coversion channel (its where you can ask directly for support and guidance)
Homebrew Repo
this serves as the offical Repository for Homebrew (the location from which the Manage Homebrew tool pulls.)
Code Editor
you may wish to install Pretty JSON.
you may wish to install JSTool.



This wiki will, under the sections or types of homebrew, which tools are best to work with within the 5eTools schema, Which reminds me...

The site utilizes JSON files for its data container(s), and so the homebrew'd additions are also JSON and must be converted from their current format (Markdown, PDF, .Doc etc into JSON formatted content.

If you're not familiar with it here is an overview of JSON -- the type of file/data structure content is stored within for 5eTools. Each main data type will have its own schema, and most will have a sample file associated with it to review and see how the schema is built with a practical example. (see below for that list).


Beyond that, there are some additional tools you will likely want to have in your virtual belt, loaded or bookmarked on your local PC.



entry templates are not linked yet, still testing.
Section Name noframes Example File(s) Template Schema
πŸ“‘
Tool(s) Description
Adventure noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

A playable adventure. Should include maps, event descriptions, etc.
Book noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Books are like Compendiums but include more information, 'fluff' and the like.
Background noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

A custom character background which provides rich content.
Bestiary noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Bestiary - Monsters, NPCs and the like
Boon noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Special rewards from Extraordinarily powerful creatures for a character's service.
Class noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Character class information
Class Features noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Features such as Invocations, Fightstyles, or the like.
Collection A Brew with multiple section types defined within it, which doesn't lean more towards any one type.
Conditions noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Conditions and their effects
Deity noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

The gods of the worlds of D&D through various campaigns.
Creature noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Bestiary - Monsters, NPCs and the like
Disease noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Diseases and illnesses.
Feats noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Custom Feats
Hazard noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

These are most often enviromental hazards and climate issues, not as simple as traps but still worthwhile.
Item noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Items are the most complicated. Magical and Mundane, Trade goods, Kits, Mounts etc etc etc.
Meta tag noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

This is required for each JSON
Monster noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Bestiary - Monsters, NPCs and the like
Object noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Objects are special items, being seige weaponry, explosives etc - usually mundane items that have specific features that exceed simple items but don't really have traditional combat aspects and need special descriptions.
NPC noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Bestiary - Monsters, NPCs and the like
Optional Features noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Optional features are things like Eldritch Innvocations, Powers, etc
Psionics noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Psionics are currently unique to Mystics and are similar to spells.
Races noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Playable races.
Reward noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Rewards and Boons, these are extraordinary results.
Ships noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Ships are part of a UA expansion to better identify how naval (space) combat would work.
Spells noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Spells are the magical powers for spellcasters, being divided into 10 tiers of power (cantrips + 1..9 level spells)
Table noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Tables can be random result tables or just a means to store data in a more helpful way.
Trap noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Traps and Lair like features that threaten characters - most often without combat resolutions.
Variant Rules noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

These are sets of Rules for 5e that are House Rules, or expansions of existing rules - like crafting, mass combat/warfare, Strongholds and Travelling
Vehicles noframes

πŸ’Ύ

πŸ“‘

[πŸ“‘]

Ships are part of a UA expansion to better identify how naval (space) combat would work.

Formatting