Participants in an RPG who, for whatever reason, contribute to difficulty running the game.

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Dealing with a Diva Player

A friend of mine has started preparing a pbp Mutants & Masterminds campaign, and one of their players is someone I know to be problematic. Already, the player has started to show signs of being ...
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How to deal with a disruptive player?

I DM for a group of a group of rather intellectual players. They like to discuss the situations at hand and really try to do the right things. I use that a lot by posing them with moral questions and ...
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How to prevent conflict between characters from becoming conflict between players?

I recently ran a game with several players that I knew didn't get on particularly well beforehand. I was hoping this wouldn't affect the game, but the end result was terrible. There were 5 players. ...
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How to deal with stubborn players? [duplicate]

Okay, so my problem is that one of the people I have in my party (my brother) is VERY stubborn when it comes to playing a session of D&D, everything from getting on his tablet and getting ...
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How to deal with lazy players?

I recently had my first D&D 3.5 session and, according to the reactions, it was a great success. During the preparations, however, I have stumbled upon a problem. I have four players. For the ...
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How to deal with a finicky player who regularly replaces their character? [duplicate]

In my D&D group, we have 4 great players, but one of them is constantly getting bored of their characters. The other players are all invested in the story more than anything else and as such it ...
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In Pathfinder, what is a good class for a player who will miss sessions [closed]

I am playing in a Pathfinder campaign but because of scheduling I know I will miss at least one out of every four sessions. What is a class whose absence will impact the group little and at the same ...
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How to deal with a player in a large forum game who constantly fights in-game and OOC?

I'm currently engaged in a Pathfinder game online, on a forum. I've been playing on this forum for a year now, and this is my second (third if you count IRL) RPG campaign. Never had a problem, since ...
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How to deal with stubborn player who does not participate in missions? [duplicate]

One of the members of our group likes to choose characters with personal agendas or secret motives that prevent him from cooperating with the rest of the team. He will sit out of missions entirely if ...
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How do I get someone to stop being a butt for the benefit of my other players?

I have a group of friends that on occasion play RPGs, but one of the players grates on the nerves of the other players in the group when gaming. He is kind of a know it all, but without real proof. ...
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Player refuses to show up regularly, and when he does, never wants to roleplay

I have a player in the group who either never shows up — which leads to the game being cancelled for that week — or when he does show, only wants to fight monsters. For example, I tried having a long ...
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Problems with Party Formation: “You're the DM, you can figure it out.”

Sort of related to Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions? Scenario Player 1 wants to be a male drow necromancer that reveres Kiaransalee. Player 2 wants to be a male ...
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How to deal with DM favoritism? [duplicate]

I've been playing a 4e dungeons and dragons campaign for a while now, and it's the first campaign I've ever played in. The DM seems to keep pampering one player in particular. He usually only gives ...
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Dealing with frustrated players

Our current group is a diverse one. We have a very experienced DM (playing and DMing for ~30 years), 2 slightly less experienced players, who have experience DMing (~5 to 10 years) and therefore have ...
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How do I end a game without causing problems between friendships? [closed]

I have been a DM for a long time. Recently I started school at a university. Naturally curious to find more friends with similar interests, I published a flier for D&D game night, open to anyone ...
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What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?

Several of my friends are starting a game pretty soon, and one of the players is a great guy, and fun to play with EXCEPT, he plays with the objective of optimization, while everyone else plays much ...
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What is a good game for a conflict-avoidant, disaffectionate player

I am having trouble finding a good system for a mentally impaired friend of mine. I have a player who does not want to form emotional attachments to characters (or anything else in the game fiction) ...
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Punishing a player for instant-actioning

I GM a home-made D&D-style game which my friends and I play, and we had a scenario go as follows: After a player-character threw something at the wall, the players rolled a one and I was ...
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Is Microscope a good game for a conflict-avoidant, disaffectionate player?

I have a player who does not want to form emotional attachments to characters (or anything else in the game fiction) and also hates making decisions. The player also cannot learn anything but the ...
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How to deal with differing levels of ability in Polaris

A concern I have in running Polaris is that the group I intend to run the game with possesses RPGers of vastly mixed ability with regards to the skills used in the game. Three of us are veteran ...
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Rules lawyers and how to deal with them

I've been running a Pathfinder campaign set in my own world for close to three years now. We play using a VTT system (d20pro) since all of my players aren't in the same state. Since the beginning I'd ...
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Keeping a group together in a Zombie RPG

Being fairly new to GMing I am having trouble with keeping my PC's from turning on each other, and every thing in sight. It doesn't matter how much I punish them for killing obvious allies, or ...
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How much should a campaign be adapted to a player/character, and vice versa?

Background first: we're several casefiles through a Dresden Files RPG. We're a small group and new to the FATE/Dresden system, but most of us have some RPG experience. I'm the co-GM (I do most of the ...
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how do I deal with telekinesis abusers?

I have a wizard and a psion blaster type that keep flinging grenades, light sabers, and over sized swords at everything. The swords are not magical, so fly through spell resistance, anti-magic ...
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How do you balance preserving the agency of other players with playing a character that him/herself is aggressive in combat in a freeform RP? [closed]

Background: Same community as before -- mostly-freeform online RP in a proto-MMO. This time, my problem concerns combat in particular. I have received quite a few accusations that my ...
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How to GM for a player who knows none of the tropes Dungeon World relies on?

I have a very occasional player who gives me a disproportional amount of difficulty as a Dungeon World GM. DW is normally really easy to teach to new players because it has almost everything a player ...
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How do I retrain myself to see characters as people and not systems?

Background Some of my previous questions (see What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw? and Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?) have alluded to ...
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Dealing with Argumentative Players

I am currently a GM running a four person campaign that has been going for a couple months. I have one player in particular that is fairly inexperienced and has this habit of skimming technical ...
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Is studying rules and pointing out which ones we've stretched or broken ok?

My group is mostly new to Pathfinder (including the GM), and we sometimes take "Accidental Liberties" while playing. For instance, my character has a spear with the "Brace" feature. I had been using ...
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A fellow player is uncooperative with the group and gets GM favoritism. How do I handle this?

I actually have two situations but they are interconnected. Our group is currently playing a Dresden game. The GM and one of the players are married. Along with that, he is a new member to the group. ...
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How do I deal with Messiah Complex Players?

I have this player, he's a great friend of mine and a psychology student. His goal in life has always been helping others out, and is very enthusiastic when talking about RPG games, however he has ...
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How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?

I play small role playing activities and games with some friends of mine, and one of them always has highly destructive and somewhat unpredictable characters. He will consistently attempt to kill ...
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How do I help players engage with plot despite giving me no good background hooks?

Two of my players are very excited about the game ("Super-Assassins Take On the Mafia, Ancient Evil") and made backgrounds with lots of good hooks I can use to tie them into the plot. The other two ...
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How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet

In our fourth edition game, our party's rogue has gained the habit of checking for traps whenever he moves anywhere. I find this annoying, not only because it stops traps from ever coming into ...
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What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw?

I have a character (it's the same overly clever character from my first question, even) whose primary flaw can be summed up as "Bull in a Social China Shop". In other words, the character is ...
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Balancing character intelligence against players wits

This might be a broad topic, so let me focus on one scenario, where I would like to hear which actions and methods fellow GMs use. A fantasy campaign runs along. BLUE plays a character who is dumb as ...
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What should we do with a player who can't deal with a tough decision and has brought the game to a halt?

One of our players (Bob) is in turmoil over what should be done with the dead Deathguard with intact Gene-seed we found. The options we see are to Pawn the corpse, sell it, throw it in a dumpster. ...
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How can I get my players to “do their homework”?

I've noticed a problem with my PC's lacking rich backgrounds, or players lacking knowledge of the mechanics of their own characters. This has lead to me giving the players "homework", which I have ...
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Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?

What should one do with a character that is so clever at wielding whatever hand they are dealt that they simply become stronger and stronger the more attempts are made to cripple, or otherwise inflict ...
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How to avoid arguments with a player about what “should” happen?

I recently GMed my first real role-playing game with a few friends who are also new to tabletop RPGs, and it went quite well except for a few parts. Here's an example; the basic scenario was (a few ...
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How do you encourage group decisions over individual actions?

In my campaign (4th edition Dungeons & Dragons, but I've encountered the same problem in other systems) we sometimes arrive at a point where the group should make a decision, for example "should ...
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How to deal with a character that does not fit my plot?

I am running a campaign in 4e, in which everyone is very very new, including myself. I have played a bit, but this is my first time DMing. I have a Warlord PC who does not work with my overarching ...
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How should a GM deal with players that want to be “too cool”?

In my time as a GM, I've always hated stuff such as magic items, artifacts, etc; even as a player, I dislike the feeling of becoming "too cool" for the game world in question. However, I have a ...
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Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?

So one of my player is a clever guy. At night when the others are putting the camp together he digs a hole big enough for himself (between 3-4 feet deep) and ask someone to cover his body with dirt ...
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What are possible ways to deal with a player who frequently switches characters?

I have had problems in the past with players who are serial character creators. What I'm referring to are the players who cannot seem to stick with a character more than two sessions at a time without ...
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Can PCs hide motivations from the DM?

So, one of my PCs is a Lawful Neutral Knight, coming from a small landless noble family. From the beginning of the campaign he told me that he wanted a lord to serve under, and to enhance the ...
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Should I give players post play insights to assist them in future playing?

Is it ever advisable to tell players about "content" they missed out on because of their actions or inactions? For example, in the game the other night, one of the players has been making nice (while ...
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What are the limits of Mage's Magnificent Mansions?

I am DMing true D&D for the first time. So far it has been one of the most fun experiences in my life. However, I have found myself in a bit of a pickle. Starting off I was very liberal in what I ...
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How can I deal with players who don't consider the narrative?

I am currently GMing a D&D Next game and, so far, we're having a blast. However, I noticed that I have a group of players who hope to have everything served to them, require several explanations ...
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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 ...