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comment The PC claims to know an NPC they just met, how should I react as the DM?
I agree with this, but an alternative to "rolling for it" is to use the D&D 5e Inspiration Point mechanic. The house rule in my group is that players can spend an inspiration point to influence the game world, in addition to getting advantage on a roll. This forces the players to not abuse this ability, and the GM can give the inspiration point back if the GM uses the plot twist for nefarious means ("Yeah, I remember you, and I remember the deal you screwed me out of.").
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answered Can ifrits be royalty?
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revised How do I learn enough about military tactics to run credible military-type NPCs in combat?
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answered How do I learn enough about military tactics to run credible military-type NPCs in combat?
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comment How can I avoid players spending too much time planning?
I'm with @Falco -- game time and real time are different because either the characters are doing something that physically takes longer (I send a week travelling to the other town), or it just wouldn't be fun playing downtime (we spend a week resting). This meets neither of those requirements. YMMV, but as a player, I'd call foul if a GM said that.
Jul
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comment Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?
For the secret sheet, I sometimes put a "I was going to leave this blank because your character is transparent, but I figured you should have something to read. Feel free to laugh a bit or say 'oh, that will be fun when I betray everyone'."
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revised Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?
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answered Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?
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