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I am A new DM who has just started DMing a game of LMoP - this is my first game in which im DMing. There are only 2 PCs right now. There is a 3rd PC who comes to play on-off. (Is this ok?)

I have been Thinking of adding a NPC to the party to replace her when the 3rd PC's not there.

Another problem I have is that one of the PCs (Fighter) IS extremely bloodthristy who will do anything for that Sweet xp. The Fighter is recklessly running into combat without thinking.

How can I get them to stop being Bloodthristy without ruining their fun?

My last problem (which is a minor one) is that we have arrived at a small river which we need to cross. Our Wizard used Ray of Frost to freeze the river and cross it. I allowed this. (Is that ok?)

Should I have given him an Inspiration point?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.se. Please, take our tour. Our site works a little differently from what you might be used to. For starters, we use a One question = One question policy, so you will need to split your problems in a few posts. Also, we don't work with opinion-based questions ("should I give an inspiration point for X?" seems quite opinion-based, for example). Finally, we already have some of these problems addressed, at least partially if not completely. (Continues) \$\endgroup\$ – HellSaint Nov 12 '18 at 16:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ For example, about your bloodthirsty Fighter, this questions might help: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/8002/43856 or even rpg.stackexchange.com/q/2513/43856. \$\endgroup\$ – HellSaint Nov 12 '18 at 16:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ I recommend taking a look through absent-players (rpg.stackexchange.com/q/89784/43856) and gm-techniques and maybe new-gm along with some keywords from your problems to check if the questions there already solve your problem(s) or not. \$\endgroup\$ – HellSaint Nov 12 '18 at 16:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ 1. Have you looked at the rules for Ray of Frost? 2. Do you have the Dungeon Masters Guide? If not, there are some questions here about Inspiration that might be useful to you. Welcome, and a tip of the cap for taking on the DM role. Enjoy! (I think you have two or three different questions here). \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Nov 12 '18 at 16:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ one of a number of posts about Inspiration \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Nov 12 '18 at 16:17

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