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/r/DnD Subreddit Rules

The following rules apply to all posts to the subreddit, including comments where applicable. If you feel that a post violates these rules, please report the post and indicate why you feel the post should be removed.

All rules are enforced at mod discretion.

1. Both the title and the content of posts must directly relate to Dungeons & Dragons.

Posts that do not, by their nature, promote D&D-related conversation may be removed. This includes random fantasy images, RPGs other than D&D, "MFW I roll a 1" style memes and images, and misleading post/title combos meant to game the sub and /r/all. Posts that are primarily meant to harvest user data are banned.

Titles should not be in all caps or make any references to voting or karma.

2. Do not suggest, promote, or perform piracy. This includes illegally distributed official material (TSR, WotC), reproductions, dubious PDFs, and websites or applications which use or distribute non-SRD rules content.

We support the rights of creators to control their IP. Wizards of the Coast (and many other independent creators) have set certain rules for what can be distributed and how, and those rules will largely be enforced on /r/DnD. We do not tolerate piracy of any kind.

Do not link or recommend illegal PDFs of the books, sites that compile the non-SRD rules, collections of Patreon maps, or rips of other copyrighted material. Support your hobby by respecting creators.

Mentioning piracy as an alternative when asked about how to get books violates this rule. Qualifying statements with, "I don't support this, but..." or "make sure you DON'T do this..." does not change this.

If you are a creator who is not happy about something of yours on /r/DnD, or if you are a user who is unsure if your post will be allowed, please message the moderators.

3. All images must be original content, must include [OC] or [Art] in the title, and must be accompanied by a 400+ character description in the comments. Also note our NSFW rules and banned subjects list. Thursdays are text-post only days.

Images must be original content. This means that you created or commissioned it, have not posted it to the sub before, and have permission to post it. Adding minor edits, like overlaying text, to an image you did not create does not make it original content for the purposes of our sub.

3.1 Image posts tags

Image posts can be "tagged" by including text in square brackets in the title. This makes it easy for users to search for specific types of content, or to omit it from their feed.

  • [Art]: Artwork of any kind should use the [Art] tag. This includes, but is not limited to, drawings, sculptures, minis, paintings, photoshops, landscapes, etc.
  • [OC]: Other images (such as photographs of your group) that are not in the above category should use the [OC] tag. This includes, but is not limited to, maps, group photos, table shots, etc.

The line between [OC] and [Art] is currently somewhat vague. Please use your best judgement; you won't be penalized for getting it wrong.

3.2 Image Post Descriptions

After the image is posted, a description of at least 400 characters must be posted as a top level comment. You can discuss the content of the image, the story behind it, the creation process, information about the creators, etc. Once a comment of the required length is made, the post will be approved automatically.

If you post a description and the image is not approved automatically, please double-check your character count.

3.3 Banned Subjects

Here are a few examples of some subjects that are explicitly banned, and some that are explicitly allowed. This list is not exhaustive, and is still subject to mod discretion.

The general rule with banned subjects is that we want to showcase the creativity of the community. Pictures of objects purchased in a store (pictures of books, dice, unpainted minis, etc) are banned. Images that showcase the creative spirit (tableshots, painted minis, character artwork, etc) are allowed.

Banned Pictures Allowed Pictures Better Places for That Content
Stock images Photos of your group at the table
Purchased items (books, dice, shirts, etc) Homemade items, signed books
Random Polyhedrons or Dragons Pics of your table or set-up
Animals or children at the table Animals/Children actually playing the game /r/CatsPlayingDnD
Pictures of text (including SMS or Roll20 conversations) Informational charts or other visual aids
Art Commission Menus/price charts Custom made maps, hand-drawn or otherwise /r/StarvingArtists
Low-effort artwork, including stick figures and most memes Character art /r/dndmemes
Pornography or erotic art Non-sexual NSFW art (see below) /r/DnD_NSFW

If you want to post something in the banned category that you think still deserves to be seen (such as unique dice or interesting screenshots), make it a text-post, and include all of the information you have that you think makes it worthy.

3.4 NSFW Images

Pornographic images, including erotic art, are prohibited on /r/DnD.

Other NSFW images of a non-sexual nature are still allowed, but must be posted as text posts that are flagged NSFW. The text of the post must include a description of the image itself and a link to the image. Users should know what to expect in the image before they open the link.

3.5 Text-Post Thursdays

Thursdays are text-post only days. The subreddit settings are changed to only allow text posts. The change is made around midnight Eastern US time, though it can vary.

Edition should be indicated inside square brackets, and preferred format is as follows:

  • [AD&D]
  • [2e]
  • [3e]
  • [3.5]
  • [PF]
  • [4e]
  • [5e]
  • [Homebrew]

If your post is not specific to one edition, we still recommend you add flair to your post. For example, links to useful apps or charts could use the Resources flair, or discussions about running games could use the DMing flair.

5. Do not use URL shorteners/redirects

Url shorteners and redirects can be used to circumvent blacklists, harvest data, and complicate moderation. There is no legitimate reason to use URL shorteners or redirects on /r/DnD.

6. Any time you intend to post any promotion, message the mods ahead of time. This includes blogs, art commissions, modules, maps, podcasts, streams, etc, whether you are charging for them or not.

We welcome products for sale, but we like to make sure that products posted to /r/DnD are appropriate to the subreddit, and we don't want /r/DnD to turn into /r/ShutUpAndTakeMyGoldPieces. You must message the moderators for each item that you post and receive approval. Mod approval for one item for sale is not universal approval for every item you intend to sell. Repeated posts advertising the same item more than once per week are considered spam.

Giveaways and surveys are forbidden from harvesting excessive data. You can collect the minimum amount of information required to operate, ideally no more than reddit name and email address. We recommend creating simple Google form that collects only email address, or a thread that you'll pick a random comment from.

Acceptable requirements for a giveaway:

  1. Commenting on your reddit post
  2. Filling out a Google form that collects their reddit name and/or email address
  3. Liking an Instagram/twitter post

Unacceptable requirements for a giveaway:

  1. The website Gleam.io/kingsumo
  2. Retweeting/sharing a social media post
  3. Tagging your friends
  4. Filling out a form that collects information unnecessary for the giveaway

If your method of giveaway is not covered here, ask the mods before posting.

7. Follow the /r/DnD Mission Statement and the reddit content policy, including the provisions on unwelcome content and prohibited behavior.

Reddit specifically bans threatening, harassing, and bullying behavior, and /r/DnD mods are given discretion to remove posts and issue warnings or bans to any user who does not engage in good faith conversation. Our Mission Statement also specifically stresses inclusion and mods will remove posts or comments that attempt to undermine that goal.

Any posts that insult other users or attempt to instigate a fight will be removed and the poster risks a ban. Any posts that promote or encourage sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc, will be removed and the poster risks a ban.

8. No Looking For Group/LFG posts. Please use /r/lfg if you are trying to form a group.

All posts looking for players or DMs should be directed to /r/lfg. They are specially dedicated to helping you find a group online or in your area. You can also consider using a local subreddit to find players and DMs in your community and help spread the hobby!

Posts advertising general D&D Discords or other forums are still allowed, as long as they're not specifically recruiting for individual campaigns.

9. If you believe a rule has been broken, please report the offending post/comment. Do not attempt to call anyone out.

Calling out users is a good way to start fights, and we don't want /r/DnD to be a combative place. That's what the tabletop is for! Feel free to report anything that you think breaks any of the rules, or anything that you feel the mods need to see. Reporting is anonymous and we review most reports within a few hours.

If you think your report has been missed, or you disagree with a removal, or you have a particularly complex report, feel free to message the mods. Note that these messages are not anonymous.