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Role-playing Games Stack Exchange is for expert Q&A by and for players and gamemasters of tabletop role-playing games. If you play or run Dungeons & Dragons, Dogs in the Vineyard, Shadowrun, World of Darkness, FATE, or any of the thousands of other pen-and-paper RPGs (including LARPs), and need answers to your questions (or would like to answer questions about these games), this is the place for you.

Specific questions for specific answers.

The best questions are those that have specific answers; RPG.SE is not a general discussion forum. In general, if you have a question which covers:

  • A specific problem with playing or running a table-top RPG;
  • RPG rules or mechanics;
  • RPG adventures and campaigns;
  • Social or interpersonal issues and problems with other people around tabletop RPGs;
  • Tools and equipment used while playing table-top RPGs (including running them online);
  • Information about RPG campaign settings;
  • Techniques for running or playing RPGs; and
  • Matters which are specific to table-top pen and paper RPGs or LARPs,
then you're in the right place!

This is not the right site for questions about:

Generic real-world topics

Questions about a general real-world topic such as history, geography or economics, whilst relevant to RPGs, may be off topic if they are not RPG-centric (or better belong on another Stack Exchange site, such as History). A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself:

Would an RPG expert give me a better/different/more specific answer to this question than a Historian, Geographer, etc?

If yes, then feel free to ask it here.

Before you ask your question, though, consider the following:

  • We want the questions on our site to be valuable sources of information for the whole Internet, not just our community members, so we try to keep subjective opinions out of our questions and answers when we can. Share your personal play experiences and viewpoints, but avoid argument.
  • Community members can and will edit your questions and answers to be clear and grammatically correct.
  • Community members will vote up clearly asked, cogent, reasoned questions and answers and vote down off topic, incoherent, or inflammatory questions and answers.
  • We don't want the information on our site to become obsolete, and so we try not to ask questions whose answers may change with time. This means we don't re-ask the same question once it's been answered, we keep adding to the previous question.
  • If you want more information on a question that already exists on the site, you can edit the question, add more answers, add comments, or even ask a related question. If you ask a question identical to an existing one, your question will be closed as a duplicate, with a link directing everyone to the existing question.
  • If you're looking for a game mechanic or technique that does thing X, ask for how to do X, not for "games that have X". Asking for a game, or a list of games, is a game recommendation question, which are off-topic.

For more help, see "What types of questions should I avoid asking?"

When replying to questions, be aware of our site guidelines:

  • Not everything here has an objectively correct answer, but subjective answers should be backed up with real play experience. See the blog post Good Subjective, Bad Subjective for how to answer subjective questions on Stack Exchange.
  • There are many different tastes in games and different kinds of playstyle. All styles are welcome here, but attacking others' styles as wrong is not. As a rule, answer questions in the style they were asked - telling someone "they are playing wrong" is usually unwelcome and not constructive.
  • Comments are for asking for clarification or providing constructive feedback on answers and should not be long discussion threads; comments are considered temporary and will be cleaned up by mods. If you have a major point to make, write your own answer and let people vote on it. Comment warring will not be tolerated.

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

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