Players new to a specific system or to RPGs in general.

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How do I get my players to make their own decisions?

I'm GMing a Dungeon World campaign with players completely new to tabletop RPGs. Every time I present them with a situation and ask them what they do next, none of them ever arrive at a conclusion, ...
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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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What should be included in a 'getting started' player handout?

When playing a new RPG system and setting, it is helpful to have important game information in front of you. For my free RPG Icar, I intend on having a single side of paper with reference rules and ...
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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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As a complete newcomer - what do I have to look out for? [closed]

I just orderer the D&D Red Box 4th edition. I plan to play it with my GF and maybe I can convince my flat mate as well. None of us has any experience playing Pen and Paper games (I have Baldur's ...
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Do I need to play the original Call of Cthulhu before Achtung! Cthulhu?

Previously I've wanted to get into Call of Cthulhu, but hadn't ever gotten around to it. I found out about Achtung! Cthulhu, created by Modiphius, which can be played within the Call of Cthulhu world. ...
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How to hide the system in FATE (Dresden Files)

In the past when introducing a new player to roleplaying games I have found they understand it much quicker if I handle the mechanics of the game, and let them experience the story and play without ...
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Paranoia playable with just two Troubleshooters?

Are two troubleshooters (+ me as GM) really enough for Paranoia? I believe the rules do not forbid this, but would you recommend this? Have you experienced playing Paranoia in a rather small group? ...
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What should I expect from “Trail of Cthulhu” as a player?

I'll start soon a Trail of Cthulhu game, and I know next to nothing about Lovecraft or even Cthulhu itself. What I know is that this game is based more on investigation and discovery (my GM told me ...
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Is there a GMless RPG with this structure?

I have never played an RPG, but I've been interested for a long time. In fact, I often say that my childhood play would've eventually led to my writing an RPG if I hadn't heard of existing RPGs first. ...
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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 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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Good games for inexperienced players and GMs?

I have been the GM for my little circle of friends for a few months. We are having trouble finding an RPG system to be comfortable with. On my part, I seem to be unable to settle on any particular ...
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Counting damage against similar foes

I'm a fresh new player of Pathfinder, thanks to a coworker of mine who's basically my hero at this point for ending my search for a local RPG to join! Anyway, we're one session in using the Starter ...
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What are the essential elements of Legend of the Five Rings?

I got invited to a game of L5R (the role-playing game, not the card game) and I want to know enough about the game to be able to contribute instead of being hauled along. The biggest problem for me is ...
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Is there a better way to run a “rules light” or “beginner” D&D 4th edition game?

I've been attempting to play 4E with my two kids for a while now. I've had some false starts trying to run very simple adventures partly due to lack of DM experience/prep time (demanding job for Dad) ...
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Dealing With Inexperienced Players in Hero System

When playing Hero System, experienced players can really get the most out of every point, and create incredible characters, while new players can find the system a little overwhelming. How do you ...
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How do I go about running a Microscope game with a large group of beginners?

I'm starting a new role-playing group with some friends of mine. Most of my friends have little to no experience with RPing so I thought Microscope would be a good game to introduce them to the ...
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How can I acquire free two-player D&D Basic/Expert adventures?

My girlfriend and I have the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules Set 1, Expert Rule Book, and Game Adventure Book. We're looking for free two-player adventures which we could run by ourselves. We'd ...
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What books should I bring with me to my first gaming session?

I am interested in joining the role-playing scene, and have an interest in joining a campaign-particularly a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. But, with little experience, I'm not sure what I should ...
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How can I decide whether being the GM is right for me?

I haven't played a table top RPG before. I've played RPGs in video game form for my entire life, though. I also write a good deal, and I've won like... two contests for short stories. I assume that's ...
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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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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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Need a player guide for D&D 3.5

There's a fair chance I'm about to join a friend's 3.5 online campaign and I am frankly overwhelmed by the options and possibilities for characters spanning across all the books. Are there any ...
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What are the most important errata for a new D&D 4E group?

I plan to start a new D&D 4E game soon. None of us have played before and we'll be starting at level 1. Are there any important errata that I should know about and inform my players? I know there ...
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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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Reading material to present to completely new players

I'm about to start running a game for a completely new group. I've been playing DnD for over a decade, and have a lot of experience as a DM, but my group is completely green. I believe one person has ...
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First time ever playing soon, advice? [closed]

I've always been interested in these sorts of things, rpg, gaming etc, but been too shy to join. Now I've finally joined a dnd 4th ed group and I'm going soon. I'm positive it's my thing, but I'm not ...
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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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How do I help a young player fill their character sheet quickly?

I GM a game of D&D with my cousins, who are 10 and 11 years old. This happens: Me: Let's fill your character sheet. Which race do you want? Eleven-year-old: What are the available choices? ...
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Are there any major faux pas one should avoid in an established group when new to RPGs? [closed]

Are there any major faux pas one should avoid when joining an existing RP game? In my last game I lied about a die roll result for what seemed like good reasons, but I still feel bad about it. I'm ...
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What is best practice for auditioning a prospective new player?

Continuing on this question how is the best way to set up an auditioning session? What gamewise should you do differently? What are the expectations on the group and the potential new person? What is ...
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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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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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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 can a young player get into a gaming group? [duplicate]

I live in the quintessential "middle of nowhere", and as such it is nearly impossible for me to get a weekly, monthly, or even yearly group together. I have tried to get a semi-regular group of ...
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Starting Resources for the New Pathfinder Player

I've been invited to play in a friend's Pathfinder game. I have very, very limited tabletop experience. I really don't want to go in cold (these are experienced players), so while it would be easy ...
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A good class to play when new to 5e and RPGs in general?

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5e. Our group is very inexperienced and are going for a few short campaigns while we all learn. So far, we have a mage and a cleric. What is a fun ...
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3 novices, 1 Warhammer Fantasy. How do I make sure my friends don't have a bad first experience?

I recently convinced my friends to try out a table-top RPG. Now, being an almost complete novice to table-top RPGs, and adding the fact that I will have to take point and GM this campaign... Is there ...
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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 to start Role-Playing Games [duplicate]

this must be a very stupid question but i came to this site by accident and now i'm somehow interested in this but i dont know how to start or where to play! Is there a online game of this or is this ...
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Use of combat maneuvers

I'm somewhat new to the world of tabletop RPGs and I've recently joined a Pathfinder group. I'm playing a barbarian (no archetype, just a straight up barb that fills the role of sponge tank and damage ...
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How do I help out my GM as a new Pathfinder player?

A group of us just recently started playing Pathfinder because a common friend really likes RP-type games. He asked us if would we wanted to join his campaign. We all agreed. I figure that RP-type ...
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How to introduce others to Pathfinder?

My school just started a Pathfinder club at the school after I got a petition to the principal. Because it is in the voluntary "activity block" of our schedules, it will mean that some people ...
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How to handle a group of inexperienced players who split their party more often than I can handle

Recently I ran a steampunk themed one-shot where three of the five players were brand new to roleplaying. The session was successful, everyone enjoyed it and told me they'd like to play again. ...
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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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Typical amount of time for a Story Arc to complete

Background: I'm new to tabletop role-playing games, with D&D Next being my first. I like the idea of tabletop role-playing and thought I'd give it a try. The group on average meets about 3 times ...
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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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Combining multiple Performance skill types in a single gig

I am creating a bard for my first ever DnD session (3.5e) with my friends and I had a question about the subcategories in the Perform skill being able to stack or not. Like, if my bard has Perform ...
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When should hit locations be determined randomly in GURPS 4e?

I may, once again, be drowning in the details, but would like to know when GURPS 4e calls for random hit determination. Do attacks always default to torso? I have run a combat with hit locations ...