This is my third campaign with a DM. He enforces these rules:
- Only races from PHB 1 are permitted
- Only classes from PHB 1 are permitted at 1st level
- Cross-Classing is not permitted until 6th level
- The only races allowed are: Hill Dwarves, Elves (High, Drow), Rock Gnomes, Half-Elves, Half-Orcs, and Humans.
- The only classes allowed at 1st level are: Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, and Wizard.
Those are the only races and classes I have seen him accept. When I ask if I can use a psionic race or a PHB2 race I'm shut down with a blunt “No.” I have asked to make a Psychic Warrior several times and every time I was shut down with either a “No” or “You are just gonna exploit the class.”
He seems to really dislike psionics. He finally allowed psionics after I argued for it, but then the character I made started getting targeted a lot! I almost lost my character.
Before you say “Well, shucks, why don't you talk to the guy” — I have tried, but he just says “I know there are exploits and this way no-one can use exploits.” That's great and really okay reasoning, except that my character under these rules can still crit over 60 damage and does practically double the damage he should be doing if he hits.
I'm OK with the whole “you cannot Cross-Class until level 6” thing, but it ends up with half the party being weapon-based except for one spellcaster. I find that a bit too dull, so I try to liven things up by making my characters as radical as possible in their back-stories (psychopathic characters, a character that believes he's god, a character so goody-goody it hurts to RP him, etc.) but it just doesn't seem to work — I still find the lack of diversity of class/race dull.
He says to write long back-stories, but he has complained about mine to other players. In the setup for the latest game, a fellow player sent me a message saying “The DM says your back-story needs a rework.” My reply was, “He didn't say it to me?” Then the DM messages me with “Yeah you back-story is shit.”
On top of all that:
- we have a problem player who complains about the game
- we don't actively get to play D&D that often because…
- its always me trying to get a game started, since I'm the only one with a “Let's get organised and play D&D” attitude.
What are the best options for dealing with this DM?