Using the Wiki
Using the Wiki Edit
If you are interested in learning about how to use a wiki in general, Wikia Help has a wide variety of help topics to get you started. You can also review the information in the Authoring section and Wiki Syntax section for details on specific conventions and tools we use here.
On Dungeons and Dragons Wiki, you can find a copy of the System Reference Document: the 3.5 edition D&D rules made available for reproduction by Wizards of the Coast. Certain parts of the basic rules of the game are missing such as experience tables, character wealth, and a few monsters. These parts are not Open Game Content, so we can't include them.
You will also be able to use the Unearthed Arcana variant rules. This is another set of rules that was licensed under the Open Game License (OGL). In fact, we have several Open Game Content source books already transcribed and available for your perusal. If you want to get involved and have a rulebook that is OGL, talk to one of the administrators about how to go about transcribing it.
The main focus of this wiki is its user created material (homebrew). We have an active set of users that belong to a Rating Committee and they make sure that each article that is available on the wiki is able to fit into a campaign without a DM needing to worry about balance. DM's can be confident that the material here is usable and won't unbalance their game.
Balance Points Edit
In order to cater to different play styles and different DMing styles, we tag each article with an appropriate balance point. Each balance point represents a level of power and capability an individual player character should have within a game.
The rating committee also favors articles to highlight exceptional content within a balance point. If an article does not have any favors, that does not mean that the rating committee considers it unusable, it only means that none of the members have given it their favor as exemplary content for that balance point. This wiki maintains high standards and we are rigorous about quality control by ensuring that incomplete and unbalanced content is marked as such (see Content Requirements) and we promote users creating their own workspace for any content they want to publish by creating a personal sandbox. These standards allow us to be confident that our published content in the 3.5e Homebrew and 4e Homebrew is usable.
What to do Now? Edit
If you are interested in browsing the wiki for homebrew content, read Navigating the Wiki.
If you would like to start publishing your own homebrew content and join the community, read the Authoring section and Wiki Syntax section for tips on how to make a successful article.
If you need any other further assistance, feel free to leave a message on the talk page of any of the Administrators.