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Here're the basics: Have the player sandbag. Explain to the player that his optimized PC makes DMing too difficult. The problem isn't that the player's winning—the DM, after all, has infinite monsters—but that the player's character is overshadowing the other players' characters. Strongly urge the player to pick a character class 1 to 2 tiers lower than ...


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You need your friend to agree to play the same game that you want to run. It sounds like this player is working hard at character optimization and rules mastery. That's a legitimate style of play, but it often creates problems if only one or some of the players are doing it, such that people are engaging the system in vastly uneven ways. It's even tougher ...


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There are already some good advices here, but whatever you ultimately do, first check this simple solution: offer the player to choose a lower starting point and cite all the reasons. If he wants to play an optimization game, as opposed to going to win an optimization game, he will most likely agree. A lower starting point might be a tier 3 or tier 4 class ...


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I want everyone to have an equal amount of fun The roll of the dice has nothing to do with that desire. You don't need to re-roll this character. You can adopt the role of the "strong supportive type" and by your play not overshadow the other players. You won't ruin their fun if you don't play in an overbearing manner, nor will you ruin the ...


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First of all, if everyone is having fun with this player always playing a powerhouse character, including yourself, then there's no problem and you can continue to play the game as normal. I assume by the fact that you're asking this question that it's not the case, but it should be said that if power-gaming from this player is expected and wanted, then ...


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So, it seems like you have two issues; that the player can generally out-damage the others, and that he also likes throwing a monkey wrench into your plot. I'll talk about the second first; specifically that if you expect your players to follow a "Script" you're in for a world of trouble. Improvising is part and parcel of DMing and you will never be able ...


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D&D is usually a game of optimization for mission completion with a special emphasis on combat. Within typical D&D games, then, his behavior would be termed 'playing well' rather than powergaming, the difference being that he actually understands the rules sufficiently to make optimum use of them (instead of just pretending to do so) and he respects ...


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(So many awesome answers here! I love you all, people!) I just want to add two things: 1) regarding the issue, I think you got to the point when you wrote, [...] everyone else was expecting him to be support, healing, etc. Instead he built a tank [...] Classes can vary, but the choice of roles should be on many degrees cooperative, don't you agree? ...



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