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Long journeys can be played as a series of transitions, rather than as a series of points with nothing in between. Rather than describing landmarks, you should describe the environment in general terms, giving it some effect that it is having during that transition. This means that players have to ask questions to get specifics, and won't think that the ...


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In my experience, unless a journey will have something happen during it, don't waste time on it. Tell the players "This will take 10 days, is there anything particular you want to do while traveling?" and then react accordingly. If you want a chance of a random encounter, roll it at the start and throw it in, but don't make it go day-by-day if there is no ...


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This largely depends on both you and your group. Do they want a lot of random encounters? Would they prefer to just play the module out? Do you want to throw things in the mix to interfere? Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and the Rise of Tiamat, both allow for a lot of flexibility. In addition, they use milestone levels instead of XP based levels. So encounters ...


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You have two dynamics intermingled in play here. Differing Play Styles The "problem" player (I'm not really sure he's the problem) likes heavy RP and has a narrativist playstyle (bases decisions on what would make the most dramatic story). About half of your question is just you/some of your fellow players having a different playstyle and therefore ...


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When a player is hogging the limelight like this, the way to deal with the situation is to stop encouraging them. The player is getting their fun by having everyone's attention focused on them (see this question for a similar situation). (This isn't a bad thing, by the way! It just means you have to make sure that the rest of the group gets their fun, too.) ...


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Player-to-player Communication How much meta-gaming is acceptable at your table, generally? If "little-to-no" is the basic agreement among the group, you have grounds to object to his breaking the group agreement. If "we do it quite a bit" then it's hard to object on that basis. From your description: Furthermore, he often tries to RP things as ...


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Have The Player In Their Own Session See if the GM and the player can come together and work through the player's branch when the others aren't there. It's as simple as that, honestly, but what if that isn't a viable solution? Give Them A Time Limit When doing these sessions, allot time to reach group. You can provide more to the larger group, make it ...



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