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What specifically does Jack Of All Trades apply to?

Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded own, to any ability check you make that doesn't already include your proficiency bonus. I was wondering if this meant I added ...
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Are the Basic Rules PDFs enough to get into D&D, or do I need the Player's Handbook?

I'm looking into getting into D&D as a player. Is the free Basic Rules they supply on their website enough for a player to start, or should I just buy the Player's Handbook?
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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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Is 4th edition good for learning 5th edition

A while back I got into D&D at a young age but didn't get far into it before it faded from my mind. Recently (last week) I got back into it after watching some YouTube videos which cleared up a ...
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Is starting a group with 5 newbies (DM included) possible?

Some friends and I want to start playing D&D (5e), but none of us, DM included (not me) have played before to any great extent. The DM and I have some cursory experience with 4e, but have never ...
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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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Is it normal for others to use a player's character when the player's absent?

I'm a new and inexperienced player in a weekly game with some old friends, and I've missed a few sessions. (We were supposed to game 2 Saturdays per month but this was changed to every Saturday.) My ...
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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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How to transform a bunch of strangers into a friendly group?

I am about to start a game with a bunch of strangers. I posted a flyer in a friendly local game shop (FLGS) and some folks responded enthusiastically. I talked a little bit to them about what sort of ...
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How to introduce and encourage role playing in non-roleplayers?

I'm going to be hosting a game at the end of the month. Myself, I am a semi-experienced DM but I will be playing with those who know only the basic mechanics of the game or have never roleplayed ...
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What are the objective benefits of using an official character sheet vs writing things down yourself on a piece of paper if you are a new DnD player?

I am running my first 5e game as a Game Master on Today and my last barrier is whether to use the official character sheets or to simply use a blank piece of lined paper with all the information? I ...
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How do I create a D&D character correctly as a total newbie?

I am a brand new player trying to create a character for D&D 5e. I have the PHB and a character sheet and am trying to figure out how to proceed and I'm getting stuck a lot. I have the normal ...
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Simplified character creation for D&D 5e

A few friends of mine are interested in RPGs after hearing me talk about them, so I've offered to run a single-session game for them. These people are entirely new to TTRPGs (although one has done ...
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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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My novice players slaughtered some NPCs out of hand. Do I write this off as a learning mistake or show them the consequences of actions?

I have two roleplaying newbies in a 5th edition D&D campaign. I started them at level 1 to prepare them for joining some more experienced players for a level-4 campaign in the near future. The ...
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How to teach players consequences

I'm DMing for a party of new players (4) that have all been wanting to play tabletop games for a while. It's worth noting that these guys all play video games (Witcher, Dragon's Age, etc.) and that is ...
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How do I avoid making a taciturn character? [closed]

I've played several characters in different D&D systems, and they almost invariably end up being grumpy, by-the-book, mood-killing characters. I think part of the problem is that I haven't been ...
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What non-gaming media can provide outsiders a good example of tabletop RPGs?

I'm looking to build a list of books, movies, or other forms of narrative media which are not specifically game related, which serve as good introductory examples of tabletop RPGs to outsiders and ...
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What edition of D&D for complete newbs? [closed]

This Monday I am hosting a D&D game for 3 people. 2 of them have played one (very badly run) game of D&D before and 1 has never played. I played the game with the other two (it was ran by an ...
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How to deal with time sensitive decisions?

Before I start I have looked and seen similar questions like this, but I don't think the answers truly address the issue I'm having with my group. I'm having an issue with my group with mostly new ...
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Making relaying information less awkward

I recently started DMing for a group of friends that are new to pathfinder. Combat and group conversations went well, but after having the characters roll perception for what they see or after ...
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Techniques for rote-learning a character sheet layout?

I'm a relatively new player, and have been trying to learn and follow as much of the mechanics as possible. Compounding on this, is my (in)ability to be able to find anything on a character sheet (or ...
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Does Major Image block Deeper Darkness and allow Daylight to prevail?

So next session, our party (5/6 of whom are D&D first-timers, myself included) is going to be facing our first really big battle, against a large amount of Drow and such. Since we have about 1.5 ...
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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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What is the easiest way to determine what kind of adventure my group will enjoy? [closed]

I am first time DM and I have to run one game for 5 people whose gaming habits I don't really know (except that they are gamers and/or bookworms and excited to try - good candidates). DnD 4e and yes, ...
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As a group unfamiliar with RPGs, how do I encourage my players to read the rulebook?

A little bit of background: We are a new DnD group, living in a country where DnD is obscure, at best (the Philippines). We have no prior background to any kind of RPGs except in video games and MMOs. ...
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How can I make the most out of a reliable, close, helpful player in a group of players new to the system?

I have little experience GMing Fate. In fact, my only experience so far is a "twosie"/one-on-one one-shot with my best friend, Z. I've been researching an enormous amount of materials, as well as ...
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How can a GM alleviate a new player's analysis paralysis when creating a character?

My players are paralyzed about making their characters and as a GM what can I do to help? The players are new to role playing games let alone D&D 5e, and are getting bogged down. They tried out ...
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How can I use roll for shoes to introduce someone to roleplaying?

A friend of mine is interested in exploring this whole "role-playing thing." Contrary to my usual approach, I've decided that the kinda-system roll-for-shoes is the most appropriate introduction, due ...
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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 do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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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 do I get a fairly new player interested in playing longer adventures?

My girlfriend is fairly new to roleplaying, having tried a bit of LARP as murder parties (one INSMV and one XFiles-style game, she loved each one), and playing in a Cthulhu campaign I have been GMing ...
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Serious one shot scenario to showcase educational value of rpgs

Background I've recently started an rpg club at the foreign university I work at. I sold this to my bosses by saying it would be a way for students to practice their English and develop the following ...
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Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?

I am preparing for a game with a bunch of new players, with a mix of varying familiarity with the setting/system and RPGs in general. To get them to taste the setting ASAP I decided to play a one-off ...
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How do I get inexperienced, reluctant players to set in-character goals?

When GMing for a group of players of mixed level of experience in RPGs and with varying knowledge of the setting. However, my experience shows that less experienced players have harder time creating ...
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Looking for a free, easy-to-learn D&D-like game that can be run with limited materials

I am looking to play a roleplaying game with my dad and little brother. Other that both of them knowing nothing, and me have little experience, mainly from online reading, we don't have a lot of stuff ...
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How can I get my players to ask the right questions so that I can tell them important stuff?

I GM a campaign for a newbie party. For now everything is fine: they roleplay well, they don't solve their problems with violence, etc. In their scenario, they came from a relatively small city ...
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What's a good class and race for beginners?

I'm a newbie GM and I have a new player at the table. He wants to play and I'm letting him (despite his loud, overly energetic behavior, and has a short attention span). Whats a good 3.5 class for ...
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Do I have to be a certain race to be a certain class, like WoW?

I don't know for sure if I can be any class with any race in 4th edition. Like WoW, you have to be like a Human or Dwarf in order to be a paladin.
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Can I use 3.5 expansions for pathfinder? [duplicate]

Can I use 3.5 expansion books for pathfinder?? I want to because I want to use different things I read in 3.5 expanisions. Also tell me in your answer which are compatible and which aren't. I'm ...
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How can I create a playable monster in DnD 5e?

In the 3.5e we had the level adjustment, but I didn't find it or any rule talking about it, on the 5e. How can I create a Vampire or a Lycanthrope or a Half-Dragon? There is a mention about "as ...
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Beginner RPG for 2 [closed]

My girlfriend and I are pretty bored and are interested in playing a 2 player RPG. Doesn't matter if with GM or not. What are some good beginner RPGs for 2 people? Doesn't matter about subject or the ...
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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 pre-...
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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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What materials should a new player bring to a gaming group

I am a new player with almost no experience in RPGs. I have joined a public gaming group and the first session is in a week. They are playing Pathfinder. My question: should I buy some Pathfinder ...
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Helping a player who states “I have very little imagination” enjoy the game more?

I have a friend in a couple of my role-playing groups who just isn't enjoying the games very much. (We are currently running Exodus in one campaign and an D&D retro clone in the other.) This ...