Questions about composition or interplay of a character party. For questions about interactions between the players at the table instead, use the group-dynamics tag.

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How do I play a quiet, lone wolf character but also engage my group?

I've recently gotten into a custom D&D-like role-playing campaign and have developed my character to be a quiet, contemplative rogue who has a backstory that mostly represents a lone wolf. I've ...
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What kinds of rules promote good team cohesion?

It seems like a lot of roleplaying games quite freely allow players to play antisocial characters who can't really be part of the team. I've been part of groups (in D&D) with both a noble ...
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How do I get my players to form a PC party without just forcing them to?

I believe that it is generally a good thing that all the PCs travel together, as a "party". This way the GM has to manage one environment – not, say, five. The problem is how the GM can ensure such a ...
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Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin?

This is my first time GMing, and I'm trying to get a small group going with 5E, but it seems no one has much interest in playing Cleric or Paladin. Among the many new-found freedoms granted by 5E, ...
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How do you get a new player engaged in an old campaign?

A group of three players had been going through my campaign for a year and a half, when a fourth player was added around level 15. The new player entered in media res: there was a ton of back story, ...
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Maintaining a party in a world of mistrust

In essence, how would you keep a colorful group of players together in a world filled with mistrust, without going too much meta? Here is the scenario : Our hero consists of members of a special ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

I was just wondering, is it possible for one or more people to abandon/betray the rest of the party in D&D? Like, if they're offered a deal by the antagonist that they're obviously meant to say no ...
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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

In the previous adventure, the characters left on bad terms after the Monk betrayed the other two party members by trying to take their captured criminal back to her (equally criminal) monastery ...
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Sacrificing character integrity for the gameplay? [closed]

Allow me to share an example, so that we can all be on the same page here: Player A Is playing a paladin character that believes in always doing the right thing. And Player A loves to RP as this ...
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How can I foster strong friendship among PCs?

Some D&D parties are Murder Hobos, moving from monster-slaying to monster-slaying, and bearing no fixed address or loyalties. Some parties are composed of friends and family members who would ...
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What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party

Confession - I just TPK'd my group....again. One of the reasons that has been identified is that while the party is composed of 5 pretty well optimized characters, as a party they just aren't in sync....
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What job in a party does a magus have?

Usually the main job (with main job I mean core purpose of the class) of a class is quite clear to me. A fighter damage, a wizard magic, cleric healing. This is superficial I know (and there are heaps ...
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What is an effective 3-character 'Core' party?

I (may) have a party with 3 core players and some people that occasionally chime in. While I'm not expecting too many socialisation / synchronisation problems (see this thread about changing ...
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How to have a game in which one player character is the leader but it's still fun for everyone?

I think the most natural party organization for a group of friends that are playing a game is a flat one, in which no one has authority over another, and decisions are made by consensus (and if that ...
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How can I encourage my group to become more well rounded?

My gaming group tends to each go in their own direction for character creation. Sometimes this leads to great games where folks are strongly opposed on dramatic elements and character interaction is ...
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How do I balance an all-spellcaster party?

This here campaign I'm about to unfold is going to feature 2-3 players, 2 of which definitely want to get spellcasting characters and the third is very likely to go down the same path. Q: How do I ...
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Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?

The Revenant racials, as a whole, seem to be focused on survivability/durability, granting the ability to stay in the fight even at zero HP. The Assassin class, while technically a Striker, seems to ...
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Providing party niches for a murder of Witchers

My players decided they all want to play Witchers. Thus I have a murder of Witchers1 on my hands. Since I like to have each player character excel at one thing above all other player characters, this ...
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Are deckers or technomancers required in a shadowrun group?

From playing Shadowrun for a bit, I get the impression in a typical shadowrun group, you just need a decker or technomancer. Sure, the characters probably have contacts that can get them all the ...
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How can you handle L5R Campaigns where PCs are from different Clans?

I see that the cliché solution to this problem is to have all of the PCs be Magistrates. I'd rather not go that route, though. What are the more interesting ways to get the PCs to work together while ...
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How to politely explain that a player's character doesn't fit the role as well as they think it does?

An old friend of mine who had to leave our gaming group for various reasons recently returned. He created a new character since we had gone a long way since he had left and he wanted to try a defender....
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How to develop effective storylines to ease adding another player to the game?

I just ran my first two sessions as GM and we are probably going to be adding a 4th player to the group soon (making 5 of us total). I'm trying to think of a good premise for the party to meet the new ...
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How to prevent players from metagaming when they split the party?

Let's say that I have a group of 4 players. During the game they decide to split for some reason (e.g. one group goes shopping, the other goes to the tavern). Now let's say that the group in the ...
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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 class/builds can be used to fulfill both striker and controller roles?

Many classes/ builds allow one to fulfill multiple party roles. For example, a Paladin is a hybrid leader/defender. What classes/builds are a good way to handle striker/controller? I'm looking for ...
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My character is more powerful than the others in the party

Background: DnD 3.5 Homebrew campaign. Level 5 party. Warblade (me). Bard. Warlock. Paladin. Rogue. The dilemma: my character completely outshines the others in almost every single combat ...
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Ratio of leaders for workable D&D 4e?

Leaders are the healers and party support of 4th edition and come in many flavors. What ratio of leaders is necessary for smooth play in D&D 4e? I ask because in our local game, as people come ...
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Making a Party of Warlocks [closed]

I have recently gained access to DDI for a short while and wanted to try an experiment with some friends of mine. That is, I actually want to play with these characters for a few sessions to see if a ...
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How does one player controlling an entire PC party impact encounter difficulty?

Me and my friend have started a Pathfinder campaign (Second Darkness) where I am DMing and he is playing all 4 PCs. We are using roll20 (it's a great online tool to facilitate games). The reasons for ...
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Should all the player characters in a campaign be the same level?

We have five players in our campaign right now. I joined later than the rest of the group by about 1 month, starting a 1st level character when they were already 3rd level. We are still on the starter ...
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Am I hurting my party by being a Bard? [closed]

I have a group of 3-5 people (2 of the people are often busy and show up about half the time), and I am a Bard. I was wondering if it is worth it to be bard in such a small group. I am the only ...
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How can you create a well-rounded four character party that is trained in most skills?

Any D&D 4th Ed. player knows that a well-rounded party needs a controller, a striker, a defender, and a leader. Most often, I think a character's function and contribution to the party is ...
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Bringing the Team together

Here is the Team Concept: All characters are currently mortal but they'll be transitioning soon, so I've noted what they want to change into. How do I get them to work together? My original approach ...
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Leaders Healing too powerful/polarizing in 4e?

My friend and I were having a discussion about Leaders in D&D 4e. At any rate, it was suggested that it would be better if our party had fewer leaders rather than more: their main purpose (...
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How do I get stoic loners to cohere into a group and care about each other?

I'm a part of a Pathfinder group. We meet every Friday night at 6-7, and play until 11:30. We have been meeting for the past 2 months, and the people in my group are pretty great. But our party is a ...
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What considerations to make introducing a new player to an existing party, especially wealth and items?

As well as mechanics for introducing new players what considerations should I take for introducing a new player to an existing party? My example is that I'm I'm running the Pathfinder Beginner Box ...
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How can a high-level PC “pull punches” to play with and not dominate a low-level party?

I like the idea of characters that are extremely powerful but unassuming. Assuming the DM agrees, how might I play basically a high level character in a low level party? Where I play it's mostly one-...
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Will Team Martial have trouble with encounters?

I am starting a campaign and I need some help. Will a party of a Paladin and two Archer/Rangers work well, or will they have trouble with encounters of appropriate challenge rating? Major Concerns: ...
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Party Size and Roles for Rogue Trader

I'm planning to start up a new Rogue Trader game as th GM for a a group of friends. I have about 3 players that are interested which are keen on taking up these roles: Rogue Trader Arch Militant ...
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Could you make me a party themed around Office Space? Greaaaaat

Inspired by this chat. The iconic quotes and roles of the movie Office Space presents conflict between a programmer and his job. Translating the company "initech" into an adventuring party could make ...
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How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?

How do I handle having a party without a Healer? I have a Healer character ready but not a player for her, and I don't know how well I could handle playing her as a GMPC when I have another character ...
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Overcoming non-combat challenges as a party

I'd like to have my players overcome a challenge as a party. In my specific case I want them to track down a location in a large area. How quickly they find the location would be based on the result ...
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What kind of missions would appeal to a tech heavy party in Shadowrun?

I'll be running a Shadowrun 4th game soon and after a character jam we have a party that's heavy tech focused. Specifically a Street Sam (melee focused), a rigger (vehicle/drone specialized hacker), ...
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How well can a Truenamer (the recreated, GitP, The Way Words Work version) cover for the role played by a divine caster?

I am in a D&D 3.5e campaign (custom setting) where the party is all 1st-level and consists of: Halfling Druid with partial alternate class features, no animal companion yet and a quarterstaff &...
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Just how problematic is a controller/defender-heavy party relying on Lifespirit Warden for healing?

A friend decided to do a short 4e game; the current plan is to do only four sessions or so, all at level 6. I’m (still) not super-clear on how items are being handled, but I gather there’s some ...
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Size/difficulty of encountrs for lvl 10+ in D&D 3.5

Right, so some basics. Homebrew campaign with 6 party members (stared with three and kept growing). Party is Lvl 12. First character is: Fighter 9/Barbarian 1/Bear Warrior 2.Armor and sword ...
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My DM asked me to betray the party; How do I beat them? [closed]

After we chose classes but before we really solidified our character sheets, my DM privately messaged me and asked if I wouldn't mind playing the part of the double agent sent to infiltrate and, at ...
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How to replace the party's face? [closed]

I am GMing a game of modern exploration/mystery with some combat. The group is tiny (GM+3 players), but that is not a problem for me as selected game (Mage:Ascension from owod) supports smaller ...
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Running a business in a D&D 4e game? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any games that include a good rule system for running a business? My group is looking to set up a trading post in our game where we can sell our loot through, we ...