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Is homebrewing D&D okay?

I am DMing for the first time, and I am really excited about playing D&D. I love the idea of it because it is so open ended. I want to increase the amount the players can do in terms of skills, ...
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Your friend wants to learn the ways of the Dungeon Master, what do you do?

I believe that all tabletop role playing gamers should at one point or another try their hand at Dungeon Mastering. However, it's a goal that at times can feel overwhelming. What advice would you ...
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What happens when player characters die?

I'm quite new to role playing games; I've got about 10 sessions of experience. I'm interested in the role of game master, and I've tried an introduction game where everything is pretty much set up for ...
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Choosing DnD 4th edition or Essentials for a new group and DM? [closed]

Recently I've got interested in roleplaying. My background is more or less hardcore boardgamer, I have played quite a large number of board games, even some of the most complicated ones and found it ...
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The PC claims to know an NPC they just met, how should I react as the DM?

My friends and I are new to RP and we've only had one session of dnd-5e trying out the starter set. As we are quite into fantasy in general, we thought we could make our own PCs. So instead of playing ...
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As a GM, how to react to players challenging contradictions in your narration?

As with any position of power, responsibility is bestowed onto a GM when running a game. Because good GMing has a lot of impact on overall enjoyment, the GM carries a certain amount of weight behind ...
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How do I mentor a GM to-be without overwhelming him?

In our group we have several new players. They have played about 5-10 sessions so far, and one of them has shown interest in GMing and has begun the process of becoming a GM. However, the player has ...
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What type of speech do I use when GMing? [closed]

I remember that there are three types of speech. I will quote Wikipedia on this one: Direct speech: He laid down his bundle and thought of his misfortune. "And just what pleasure have I found, ...
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I have read the D&D PHB but am still having trouble grasping some of the basics, how can I learn more?

With credit to one of the more experienced members on the site, mxyzplk, I thought I'd ask where noobs like me should ask or find answers to basic questions about Dungeons & Dragons mechanics if ...
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As a GM, how do I encourage a party to interact with each other?

Background: I'm a fairly inexperienced GM and I'm working with a group that has wildly varying experience with role-playing - the game is intended as a teaching campaign to help a couple new players ...
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Game Over in RPGs?

Me and my friends are novices in TRPG. Recently, we've played Anima Prime. The game's quite simple so we could play it right away with short prep. But one thing came in my friend's mind. What happened ...
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How do I learn to become a good GM?

I have played and tried to GM games since I was in elementary school, beginning with games like Shadowrun, Earthdawn, and Champions. Recently, I've gotten dack into gaming with a variety of other ...
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How can characters access resurrection services during the Starter Set adventure?

The other night two of the characters in my campaign died. As a first time DM (a few sessions now) these first deaths were surprisingly upsetting, and disturbingly satisfying... Anyways, the players ...
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Level 1 beginning for a new gm [duplicate]

So currently I'm trying to start a D&D game with some friends, but I'm trying to figure out some kind of hook, something that afterwards makes them say "you know what? Maybe we should probably ...
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How do I use CR?

I am trying to plan my first encounter in a Pathfinder Campaign and I am at a loss for how to use the CR system. On the one hand, the example given details that someone could bolster thier CR8 boss ...
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How do I handle the encounter difficulty for a three-sided battle?

I'm running my first real campaign. The idea I have for the first dungeon involves the PCs coming upon two sides already engaged in combat. One side is losing and weaker than the other, though not in ...
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Easy to GM Harry Potter RPG [closed]

I have a friend who's not very interested in playing RPGs, but he's a Harry Potter nut. Is there a decent (probably fan-made, I've heard that an official HPRPG is unlikely) system that is easy for a ...
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What is the intended amount of encounters per session in 4E?

I've bought the 4E red box starter kit and taken on the role of DM for the first 'season' of my group. Reading up on DMing and playing D&D with articles like Angry DM's Build a megadungeon, I get ...
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Power player is a problem. Any fix?

Context I'm a new DM because the old DM wanted to play for once. No big deal right? Man was I wrong in accepting. Let me explain. This "DM" knows everything. He is always right. Even if he is ...
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How to encourage the GM-curious?

I have a couple of players who might be interested to try GMing, but have so far been reluctant to "take the plunge" and start up their own games. I think this is mostly because they're not sure that ...
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What do you call yourself if you run a game? [closed]

I would be very interested in what term people who run a game like to use for themselves when describing what they do, since that title may set the tone for the game at the outset on a given table. ...
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How can I signal the scope of an adventure to players?

Related: How can I close my sessions better? I'm an inexperienced DM running my second game (playing D&D 5e both times). The first game I ran was the Starter Set, 'Lost Mine of Phandelver', ...
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How do you make an interesting game without boring players? [closed]

I just became a sort of DM in which I go through a fun world in all it's glory. How do I make it so people won't get bored and just start killing things, yet also don't become fed up because the game ...
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Does an item change the game balance in the same way with different PC classes?

I am running a custom campaign as DM with two players, P1 and P2. P1 plays as a Druid while P2 plays as a Warlock/Rogue whose game style is based on being stealthy. I let P1 find a Staff of the ...
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What is the best way for me to re-learn D&D rules to be a DM and introduce game to kids? [closed]

My daughter, who is about 12, recently was given the Starter Set for D&D. She has never played before and would like me to DM for her and either her friends, her sister, whomever (assume none ...
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How do you get a published adventure started? [closed]

I have a bit of experience playing 3.x with some friends. But I wanted to make the plunge into 5e for a couple reasons. A couple of the players I didn't want to include (due to always having to have ...
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Campaigns are unsatisfying when made-up or slow when pre-written. How do we fix that? [closed]

We have tried to get started playing D&D three times and each have not worked out how we hoped. Our first DM made up his own story and we played about 5 sessions. It was very fun, but the ...
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How to get my Paranoia players to stop cooperating and start killing each other?

I've read some of the questions and answers on paranoia here, but I seem to be missing some kind of key element to play. I ran Robot IMANA-665-C and I didn't seem to be able to get the players to ...
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Is the same page tool overkill for brand new players?

I'm about to run the D&D 5e starter set for a group, most of which are entirely new to RPGs. The Same Page Tool looks like a great resource for a new group playing together, but not necessarily ...
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How to handle a too nice DM?

OK, this might be a weird one, but I would like to know how to help our DM to be more impartial in our game. I'm playing a campaign of D&D 3.5 with five friends. They're almost all new to RPGs ...
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How to end a game session smoothly

After my first (failed) attempt at playing tabletop RPG two years ago, I'm going to give it another try. Still as a GM. One thing I didn't do quite well last time was ending the game. I didn't know ...
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How do I deal with an experienced player who doesn't interact well with my group?

My group and I just migrated from a DM whose very incongruent storytelling and deliberate punishment of non-hack & slay-solutions scared us off. We (mostly) kept our characters (since they are our ...
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What is role-playing, and where do I start?

I have been told that roleplaying is great fun. I've looked and looked and it all seems so complicated. Could anyone tell me a good place to start, and what sort of things you end up doing in ...
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How can I get started in pen-and-paper RPG as quickly as possible without any experienced players (including me)? [duplicate]

My friend and I would like to try RPGs out, but we would rather "jump to the fun" as quickly as possible and not engage any other people in the play at first. Which RPG system would be minimalistic ...
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New Players Starting with a Remote DM

I've read quite a few questions and answers on here about having one or two remote members as well as a few about having the entire game remote. I have a related, but slightly different question. We ...
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How can I get new players to explore more?

I'm DMing using the 5E Starter Kit and, after DMing the first few encounters, the players aren't exploring the environment sufficiently to learn all the actions they can take. Before our next session ...
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How do I convince my group to try a new system without always having to DM it first?

I always play roleplaying games with the same friends. We have a lot of fun, but I'm always a bit frustrated by the fact that they always resist when I propose to try new roleplaying games. Even ...
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Good Pre-generated adventure for absolute new Players and new DM? [closed]

Next weekend, I and three friends are going to sit down and have a game of D&D. None of us have ever played D&D before and I have been given the role of DM. I'm looking for a good ...
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Trying to fix my DM mistakes by starting a new campaign

I recently put together a gaming group composed of friends new to roleplaying who were excited to try some D&D. We've only had four sessions so far, and the players are really enjoying themselves, ...
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How to teach 5 people how to be a DM

My school started this RPing club, but in my school right now only 2 people know how to DM and do it effectively, including me. As the teacher running the club knows nothing about Pathfinder, it seems ...
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Learning to use spells comfortably

I'm hoping to get a little but of advice. You see, I've been running Rise of the Runelords, although the fact that I'm using Pathfinder probably isn't too relevant. Point is, I'm relatively new to ...
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Transitioning from GM to Player; or how to recover from GM burnout

A few months ago, I reached the point of "GM burnout." Having been (almost) the exclusive GM for our group for several years, and seeing the number of players and their commitment dwindle combined ...
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How can I Help a New GM Get Started?

My daughter wants to run a Changeling game. However, she's never tried to run a pen and paper RP, and is very nervous about it. What are some things I can do to help her get a good start? For more ...
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Advice for AD&D 1e without miniatures or tiles? [duplicate]

My group has agreed that we will not use miniatures or tiles to play AD&D 1e. Instead, we will rely upon the "Theater of the Mind" style gameplay. This will be a major change for me as a DM, as I ...
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Advice for a new GM taking over for an old one? [closed]

I play a Pokemon tabletop game with a few friends. We're all in college, and our GM recently stepped down due to falling grades. I offered to take over if there were no objections, and as you can ...
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Should I do something about slow pace in my inexperienced group?

Last night we played our first RPG (ever!) and I'm not sure if it went well. The game was Deathwatch and the basic story was to find someone. There were three possible places where he could be; then ...
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What to buy to start out 4e D&D (DM and PC) (Complete Noob, no previous experience) [duplicate]

So we're a completely new group of people, none of us have experience, and I've been assigned DM, which I think is a good idea. But we don't know where to start, or what to buy to get started on our ...
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How do we tell our new GM that we don't like some elements of his campaign?

Our current GM is quite new to GMing, and has stumbled into a few pitfalls. To give a few examples, he killed my character (by accident) and brought him back via deus ex. He locked the party in a ...
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D&D good edition for newbies [closed]

I'm totally new to D&D having only played 2 games neither of which I GM'd, one being 3.5, the other being heavily home brewed version of 3.5. I want to GM a game. I have a group ready, but I was ...
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How to introduce a pen-and-paper RPG to family?

My brother and I have dabbled in D&D when we were younger. Also, at the last place where I worked, we had a weekly Pathfinder game session, which was fun. Usually at our family get-togethers my ...