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The other day a person at school asked what I though of him playing as a chaotic evil character, I said I wasn’t sure. But as I think about it I become more and more confused. Why might it be a bad idea to let a PC play as a alignment of chaotic evil? Of course the general idea of a rpg is to work together, so would allowing him to do this clash with that concept?

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closed as too broad by Jason_c_o, KorvinStarmast, Oblivious Sage, YogoZuno, V2Blast May 14 '18 at 21:17

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    \$\begingroup\$ What alignment are the other PC's playing? What is the goal/purpose of the campaign? \$\endgroup\$ – Jason_c_o May 14 '18 at 18:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ This question is extremely borderline with respect to our rules for what alignment questions are and are not on topic, but for now I’m falling in favor of leaving it. You may want to review the discussion around those rules, though I doubt this question could be changed to fit those rules better. See also Q&As about problems with Chaotic Neutral (closed) and challenges when playing an Evil character (closed). \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan May 14 '18 at 18:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also related, What is “My Guy Syndrome”?, since some feel that My Guy Syndrome is either worse or more frequent with CE characters. (Personally, I think all alignments are equally-bad for this, since the real problem is players thinking they’re supposed to be playing their alignment rather than playing a character.) \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan May 14 '18 at 18:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think we can manage a primer on how alignment clashes can be a difficult group dynamic without having to get into the off-topic issues of defining alignments. It’s a well-known enough problem, which we can explain to those who haven’t learned about it first-hand yet. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie May 14 '18 at 19:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Korvin We easily might. I don’t remember one off the top of my head, but that’s more a function of the site’s question set having expanded beyond my ready memory sometime in the last couple years. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie May 14 '18 at 19:05