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What are good ways to resolve intense intra-party conflict without PvP?

The Short Version: An evil PC is killing town children during long rests. The town authorities have decided that they need him (and the rest of the group) to handle a big problem anyway. Several other ...
63 votes
13 answers
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Help, a player won't stop hitting on every female NPC!

I wanted to play a female GMPC to guide the party through the story. It was also during this time that one of the characters had died also and been replaced by a new character. Within minutes of ...
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9 answers
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How to have enemies that use tactics while also making sure that the encounter is fun for all players?

I am currently running a 5e game for a party of 5 players (level 3). I tend to make my enemies use tactics. My encounters involving a large number of low-CR enemies tend to have roles (so a tank, some ...
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Do bards have to make sounds to cast spells?

Bard spellcasting is described as In the worlds of D&D, words and music are not just vibrations of air, but vocalizations with power all their own. The bard is a master of song, speech, and the ...
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How to help a player create a character with more long term motivations?

I am currently DMing a campaign for a player that I will call Will and 2 others. To start off, Will is not really a problem player despite this question being tagged as such. He is engaged in the game,...
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How to involve a PC who just waits to be talked to?

Our group is running through a campaign setting where, among other things, Inquisitors are universally feared persecutors of magic users. (Shocking and original, I know.) The GM's girlfriend has just ...
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What do I do if my players are acting in a way that is meta-gaming and are refusing to accept my decision?

The Situation I have a party of 5 players all sleeping in a barn on an abandoned farm at night. This is near the beginning of the campaign and each player likes having little secrets about each other....
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Can I make attacks non-lethal?

Sometimes my party is being incredibly stupid, and it makes me want to punch them in game for being stupid. An example of this is trying to use a party member as a live test subject for a mushroom ...
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What should I do about another player who randomly starts PVP?

Characters (both players, both level 9): Me: Life cleric and party healer/support "Barb": Beast barbarian with split personalities (in character) We have a player (let's say "Barb&...
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How to Prevent Player Apathy Despite Cosmic Retcons?

In the cosmology of Awakening, some entities - primarily Archmages, but also some more abstract forces - can retroactively rewrite huge parts of the world as we know it. We're talking about changes ...
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Balancing help for homebrew warlock subclass

I have created a 5e warlock subclass heavily inspired by the leshen (specifically, an ancient leshen described in the Book of beautiful horrors). While overall I am very happy with the outcome, I ...
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What should I do if my character is deeply related to a villain that they are loyal to (the villain has recently revealed themselves)?

I feel stuck as a character between a choice of my party or the villain. I know that I want to help the party, but my character is loyal to this person (who they had no idea of where they were) who ...
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My Character feels useless compared to the party

We’re playing Tomb of Annihilation. Three of us are goliath brothers. Me and another are barbarians and the other is a druid. Our newest player is an elf ranger. My backstory is that I come from a ...
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LMoP: Smelter Cavern confusion - Spoilers!

I'm DMing Lost Mine of Phandelver and my players just bolted from the great hall through the Smelter Cavern towards the easternmost area. They Given that, according to the module text, I'm ...
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4 answers
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How can we streamline a game with seven players in DnD 5e?

The question is: how do I balance gameplay when it comes to initiative? The game is in person, every other week or so. My party is comprised of 7 players, two of whom are noobs. I, myself, and also ...
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How do I keep a party together when they have conflicting goals?

I'm running a Starfinder game, and we are 40 sessions into this campaign. The campaign involves the fate of a small but strategically important settlement, which several factions are vying for control ...
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My characters, though different classes/races/etc., always seem to have similar personalities. Is this a problem, and, if so, how can I fix it?

This is a question about something I've noticed in my own play style, asked because I want to make sure that I and those I play with enjoy the game as much as possible. I played AD&D and 2e ten ...
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DM is asking me to drop my character because it is from A Song of Ice and Fire

Background I have started playing with a new group in a new D&D campaign. I have been reading the A Song of Ice and Fire books and really liked the Greyjoy plotlines, so I decided to make my ...
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Can you prevent players using cantrips to tell whether a creature is disguised as an object?

As it is established in the question below that there is some distinction between a cantrip that targets a creature and targeting an object: What happens when a caster targets an object that looks ...
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How should I deal with a player who often asks the dice for advice and acts randomly?

Recently, my long-time friends and I started a new campaign. I'm one of the players. The player in question often suffers from My Guy Syndrome and their characters can usually be compared to a comic ...
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6 answers
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I want to nerf my character for roleplay purposes, but I fear I might have the "My Guy Syndrome"

I could use some assessment of my current situation. Do you think my current behaviour falls under the My Guy Syndrome and how do I best proceed in this situation? I have a group of friends with whom ...
71 votes
13 answers
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How to deal with a player who is a bad sport?

I have a dedicated gaming group that meets every Sunday. We have been playing regularly for over a year now. It's small, just 5 of us including the current DM. We all rotate DM position per campaign ...
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4 answers
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Can (and should) I do anything as a player to make a slow and scattered game more fun?

I'm in a relatively new D&D campaign where the momentum and pace of the game has been lacking, for me personally. My guess is "talk to the DM/group about it" may be all I can do, but ...
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8 answers
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How does my bard solve the problem without admitting he lied?

So, in my current campaign, the party has just gotten together and is trying to help out a convent that burned down. I'm playing a charismatic bard. The DM promised us we wouldn't die unless we did ...
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One game's great GM is another game's problem player-- How to handle for a novice GM?

I am a player in a long-term Pathfinder campaign which I like very much. The players in that campaign are myself, my fiance, the GM's fiance, and the GM's co-worker. We're all in our twenties, and I ...
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Can I keep playing a character who annoys other PCs?

Context This question is about an online community campaign. We are around 20 players who play in a persistent universe where anyone can run a game as a GM. The system is Pathfinder 2e and players can ...
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Handling witty jabs at the DM

Suppose as the adventure is about to kick-off the DM invites some discussion about what each character has been up to lately and after hearing each monologue embeds a bit of his own story telling into ...
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How to handle loot disputes as the DM?

Context Most of the time, Loot distribution is Players' and PCs' problem. From my point of view, I'm responsible for putting the chest with X loot in the dungeon. The PCs being able to find it and how ...
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7 answers
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How can I prevent the rogue from placing items in my character's backpack?

We've a rogue in the party with proficiency and magic items assisting their Sleight of Hand. With a +12 and always having advantage, they roll, on average, a 25. They have gotten to enjoy stealing ...
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Convincing my Curse of Strahd DM to reduce an inflicted character flaw that goes against my character's core beliefs

I am playing The Curse of Strahd in D&D 5e. I am a good priest, who has just been inflicted with the character flaw "power at any price" after touching a staff. I feel I should at least ...
42 votes
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What does it mean for a word or phrase to be a "game term"?

These two questions use the phrase "game term": Is “a special melee attack” an actual game term? What does 'ally' mean, as a game term? Both answers seem to make a distinction between game ...
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How do I help a player terrified of their character dying in combat?

Relatively new DM with a group of 5 players (some with ttrpg experience, some not) through a twist on the essentials kit module. One absolute first time player is running a 3rd level rogue with low HP ...
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What if one PC wants to do something without party?

As a player, how would you approach your DM about your character doing something out of session that neither the others players/party wouldn't witness.? (Example, asking to sneak away from the party) ...
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Did I overstep the players' agency by forcefully resolving conflict between one player and the rest of the group? [closed]

In my last game, conflict emerged between one of my players (let's call him Bob) and the rest of the team. Finally, I (as GM) stepped into it and forced the player to give up. Backstory A session ...
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Is it possible to play as a necromancer skeleton?

I am a new DM. One of my players, my boyfriend, wants to be a necromancer skeleton that basically can't die, sort of like Voldemort with the horcrux. We are starting off at level 1. Is it at all ...
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My group member is displaying disturbing behavior, what do I do?

As the DM, I am becoming more and more deeply disturbed with one of our party members. Here’s a list of things he keeps doing. attacking party members tried to rape a widow (asked if he needed to ...
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How to avoid splitting the party when dealing with a conflict of interests

In the campaign where I'm currently playing, a majority of the PCs worship the same deity and knew each other prior to the start of the campaign. One player, however, is playing a character who was ...
56 votes
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How can I play a character who is scared without disrupting the gameplay?

I'm playing a character in a DnD setting who decided to become an adventurer because it sounded like fun, not seriously considering how dangerous it would be. Our DM has us running a campaign with a ...
131 votes
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Evil Campaigns: How to explain the difference between being evil and being a jerk?

My friend has recently started running an evil campaign. His players are having serious difficulty telling the difference between comitting evil deeds and doing random things that are evil acts. ...
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Problematic player constantly looking to power play

I have a problematic player who is constantly looking to power play. The last campaign consisted of them asking for a large number of uncommon magic items. Thier argument was if they are uncommon , ...
117 votes
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As a player, I am approaching a situation where "My Guy" syndrome seems inevitable and almost appropriate. What can I do to soften any problems?

Alright, so this problem takes a bit of background to explain, but in a nutshell: Having talked with the other players in the group, and having seen how things play out in-session with the party, ...
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How should I respond to a player who roleplays too selfishly?

In our last session, a player of mine spent the last 30 min blowing up on me for "restricting" her character's story, and the story of the campaign, when I would not allow her to bring back another ...
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Hide an artifact [closed]

In my D&D 5e campaign my players have found an artifact, to be specific a Necronomicon (which is more or less a spellbook) and now they carried it around. Most of the abilities of the book are ...
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My 5e character isn't very fun. How do I kill them off?

I'm playing an 8th level Valor bard, and she's basically The Load (warning: TVTropes link) at this point- high-combat campaign, so not a lot of charisma stuff to do, and really doesn't have any ...
29 votes
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How can I convey my disappointment in players ignoring huge hints

Yesterday's game was nice and intense, but at some point my fellow players disappointed me, heavily. We're not allowed to say technical things about the game. Basically we had this dragon that was ...
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How can I tell the DM that I wasn't having fun and that I fault him for it?

Yesterday I was playing a one-shot DnD 5e and didn't expect that I would become salty. The Adventure The one-shot started at level 5 and I made a Sharpshooter\Fighter and my character was Neutral Good....
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How to handle a player that cannot be convinced his actions are a problem for both GM and party

Background You can skip to the end for a (very) short summary though... We are a group of good friends, we've all known each other for 7+ years, since high school, and have been playing DnD since ...
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How to deal with a player who makes bad characters and kills them?

This is kind of a two part question, firstly about the bad character thing and secondly wrangling table drama. For context, I am currently DMing D&D 5e Curse of Strahd, with 5 players. Some of you ...
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I've felt "attacked" OOC because of IC character events. Did I deserve it? [closed]

When I was in college I had my first chance to play some TRPG. I played half-a-dozen one shot there but then I dropped out and when I enrolled again I couldn't find another group. Now, years after ...
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How to deal with a player who says no all the time?

I am a fairly new DM. I am playing with a group I have tried to DM and have played with as a PC. There is one person in that group that plays as a PC that says no, AKA he is the opposite of a murder ...

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