For problems with the negative aspects of playing an RPG "to win" via excessive character power and/or rules abuse (aka min-maxing, munchkinism). Use the optimization tag instead for positive aspects of character optimization.

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What do I do about PCs using Con damage to “nuke” bosses?

So recently my players realized that they can spam poison-based Con damage on my bosses to effectively nuke them down in a couple rounds. This is basically ruining the challenge of my fights, but they ...
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How to ease down the munchkin factor?

I've been playing RPGs since the early eighties and have come to terms with the fact that not everyone enjoys this hobby for the same reasons as myself. I'm into it for the sake of the adventure, the ...
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How to Handle a Powergamer / Munchkin

What are some strategies that I can employ to handle a power gamer that constantly outshines the rest of the party? This is a friend of us all and we don't want to boot him, but combat simply isn't ...
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What to do when your character is just too good?

I'm playing in the Paizo Pathfinder Jade Regent adventure path and we're having a good time so far (campaign blog and session summaries). However, as my character has gone up in power I'm now ...
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How can I stop playing to win?

I've come to RPGs from a Wargames background, mostly Warhammer and such. In wargames it's kind of necessary to powergame, when everyone else is also powergaming and will massacre your army if you ...
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Overly strong level 1 barbarian

I am new to DMing(this is my first campaign) and one of the pcs rolled a 18 str char and made a 20 str Barbarian. What is the best way to deal with this at the early levels of the game where his hit ...
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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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The Stack'O'Mounts

This is an exercise in ridiculousness, but I find it quite fun to consider - hence powergaming. Let's consider three characters: a gnomish cavalier (small) with his wolf mount (medium), half-orc ...
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How do I make my overpowered character more fun to play?

My friend is running a modified cyberpunk campaign, where we are fighting zombies during WWII in Germany. Fun stuff. However, I made my character a Martial arts boxer, giving them a 10 in reflex, ...
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How should I handle nerfing a player for the purposes of game balance?

Background I run a Live Action Role-Playing game on a monthly basis (from March through November) for anywhere from 10-30 PCs (with 3 other Plot members and anywhere from 0-10 NPCs). The majority of ...
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Which level 30 character built with only PHB1 can defeat Orcus solo?

After today's D&D session I had an argument with one of our players. He insisted that a single level 30 wizard or ranger can defeat Orcus solo. Another player and I strongly disagreed with that ...