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Questions tagged [group-dynamics]

This tag is for game-participant dynamics including dealing with sensitive topics, managing group composition, and other table-level interactions. For questions dealing with the actual party of characters in the game, use the [party] tag.

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How can I make my players settle their differences in-character?

I am currently running a game of Dungeon World as a first-time GM. In my party of 5 players, there is a barbarian who always rushes in to fight head-on, and also behaves very aggressively towards ...
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How can we non-lethally subdue a fellow PC character?

In our party we have a sorcerer who looks for opportunities to prank our wizard and paladin. We're new to RP and aren't yet sure about our options for something like this. Is there a way for a lawful ...
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As a DM, is it improper of me to flirt with one of my players “off the clock”?

(I'm not sure if this belongs here or in interpersonal.SE; I decided to post here because I hope that others may have first- or second-hand experience.) The premise is simple: in my weekly 5e ...
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When a player has drama and won't communicate

Right now, a player seems to be upset with events of a session he missed and hasn't responded to my messages. Background About a month or two ago, a player began to be dissatisfied with how I ran ...
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Can the DM force player vs. player social checks?

Last session, my DM made me roll a Deception check against another player. I failed the roll, and as a result I was forced to reply a specific way and reveal information I otherwise wouldn't have ...
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How can I pick my players’ brains for what they’d like to play?

In our group there's me (85% of the time as GM) and two other players. We have played for about three years, approx. 20 times a year. Sometimes we see each other outside sessions as well, we're ...
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A player is unhappy that people are playing the same class. Did I do something wrong?

How do I deal with people choosing the same class? Can people do it? I have one player who doesn’t think so and is really unhappy about it and is telling me I have to figure out why they should care ...
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How can we kick our novice roleplayer out of the group for being a poor match, without alienating them from the hobby?

I have someone in my group who is completely new to the hobby. We are now 12 sessions in, and I will most likely need to remove them from the group: Our play styles don't match, and the rest of the ...
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Player already planning on holding the party hostage next campaign

Backstory We had a new player join us mid campaign and he made an eccentric Dragonborn character. The character joined a group of a rather ignorant elf and human who were already at odds with each ...
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Online play: How to keep the group focused?

I'm the default GM for a group of friends who have been - in some constellation or another - playing together through two major campaigns and various shorter ones over the past decades (plural). ...
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My group seems to keep forgetting to give my character gear, what can I do?

I recently joined a Pathfinder group with some good friends of mine, and it's been going pretty well except for one little problem. The problem is that almost every time our party finds loot or gear, ...
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Dealing with (supposedly) in-character bullying

There is a member in our current gaming group that has been difficult to deal with and I would really appreciate some advice. For context: We are a group of four people, including the DM, and have ...
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How to handle irresolvable player character motives?

Background Up until recently, I ran a 5E game for five players: a sorcerer, two wizards, and two warlocks (all level 3 humans). All five are familiar with 5E. This is my first attempt at running an ...
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Party members are about to lunge at each others’ throats (IC and OOC)

I play a WFRP 2e campaign with 4 friends. One of the players is my girlfriend and I am just another player not the GM. Our group consists of 4 humans and 1 halfling. Let's call the halfling player '...
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How can I import rules from B/X to D&D 5e to improve play with a large group? [closed]

Background I am currently running a West Marches style game. In my world there is a particularly troublesome dungeon which certain players are extremely determined to explore. As they are still low ...
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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 ...
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(How) does Gumshoe One-to-One work with multiple players?

Gumshoe One-to-One is designed for one-on-one play, and I've had great success with that, but I'm also interested in playing games with a single lone player character despite having multiple players ...
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What can I do about the guys being distracted by a new girl in D&D group?

We recently got a new party member, and she is ... well, extremely distracting if you catch my drift. As the DM it is frustrating, because all the guys are trying to flirt with her, and shower her ...
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Should I stop PCs looting from their dead friends/dead last PC?

A character in a D&D 5e game dies, and stays dead. They had some nice magic items, treasure, etcetera earned from their time adventuring. What reasons could I give for the rest of the party not ...
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Being an experienced player in a group of new ones

We have recently started playing DnD 5e with a group of real life friends. I have many years of experience with various PnP games under my belt and have also played DnD for a good amount of time and ...
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Feeling left out as a character and a player [closed]

Recently my boyfriend, his friends and I started a game of Palladium. The night we all were rolling for our character stats and creating our characters was a lot of fun. This was my first RPG and I ...
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For a gaming group with lots of players, what strategies can help make combat turns move faster? [closed]

My gaming group is large. I have 10 players, 5 or 6 of them show up every session, but most of the time I have 7 people sitting at the table. Almost all the time there are some NPCs with the party, ...
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How to retain a player who resents another player?

I am asking this question because I don't think it has been answered by any of the linked questions, and I am on the verge of losing the player in question. How to deal with anti-authoritarian player ...
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What's wrong at our table and how do we fix it?

I'm a player at a table, and we are running a DM's homebrew world. Over 6 levels, I have received 3 magic items that are non combat focused. The shops do not keep items and every fight is almost fatal....
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Is there always a “designated” person to lead/move the party?

After have played only a few session (actually 5 sessions of 2-4 hours) I've noticed something that I found quite strange. In our group we are 4 players: I (Newbie), A (Experienced), B (Newbie like me)...
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Differing roleplay priorities between players leading to conflict

I've been in a D&D 5e group with some people from my high school for a few weeks. The group started with a simple starter campaign (A Most Potent Brew) and continued with a homebrew campaign ...
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How do I get my players to clean up their mess after the game? [closed]

For some background: I run a game of Mage The Ascension at the moment and when our groups gather we tend to get tea and snacks, but later on everyone just bails on me dumping the job of cleaning after ...
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When to stop an in game argument?

Two of my players' characters had a large in game argument. My Kitsune sorcerer insulted my Wayang bard a couple times. After the Wayang was called an “it” and compared to a goblin, this started a ...
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Player having their decisions called out as bad ideas too frequently for their liking

In our group, there is a player whose decisions are more frequently called out as bad ideas compared to the others. Objectively speaking, by consensus with the GM and other players, these particular ...
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How can I make and enforce a rule that would prevent PvP fighting? [closed]

I'm having trouble keeping my group's barbarian from attacking the bard I'm the DM of a game consisting of a bunch of guys from school and a couple girls. I have some serious problems with this and ...
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Should the players accept the point of view of the GM about alignments or the other way around?

I want to run a good alignment campaign in D&D 5e with my friends, but we are not even at session 0 and we already have a major disagreement. I usually GM tabletop RPGs that are not D&D, ...
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How do you deal with conflicting schedules?

I'm trying to get a group together for a campaign. They've all already created character concepts, and all seem excited to join. The problem is, it seems like every day of the week, someone is taken, ...
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How to deal with differing interests as a DM?

A few years ago, I ran a short-lived 4e campaign with a bunch of players who all had a different idea of what aspect of the game was the most fun to them. 2 players, close friends, wanted to treat ...
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How to resolve fundamental differences in perspective between players and DM about the roles each has in decision making?

To give context: I am a DM running a D&D 5e campaign set in a home-brew setting for the better part of a year. A few months ago I suggested having an alternate "gaiden" style campaign set in the ...
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Edgy power player wants to dominate all interactions. Should we ask him to walk?

I've been playing with Edgy Power Player (henceforth EPP) for 2 campaigns now. For the first campaign, I was the DM, and so I thought I was simply being harsh when I was judging the player. Now as I ...
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How should I as a player, handle a character death from my fellow party members [closed]

So, I was pretty new to DnD when this issue first occurred. We were playing in a large group, and we are all friends, having fun, joking around, etc. When I first joined, I wanted to play a warlock. ...
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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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How do I handle it when my players refuse to accept a change I've made to the rules of my homebrew system? [closed]

Let's start with a bit of explanation. I run a RPG based on a lot of medieval fantasy worlds. Basically it borrows rules from various other rpgs, so for the past 5 years me and my players have been ...
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Our GM won't let us affect the story; the more I play the less fun I have. What do I do?

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice or anything on a GM situation. My current GM is running a campaign and it is very video game/anime like. It started out super fun and the deeper ...
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Music that other people play during a Campaign [duplicate]

I usually play some random hits station while we play, but I'd like to play something that more envelops what we do in 5e. My party seems to play better when the music matches the mood. Instead of, ...
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What is the easiest and/or fastest way to find players? [duplicate]

You have just arrived to a new town, you do not even know where the tavern is but an incessant need to form a group and start playing invades you. What do you do? How to detect the ones who are the ...
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What should I do if one of my players doesn't speak at all?

I have a friend who's always late or doesn't come, and when he is in the game he doesn't roleplay well (no speaking, common actions, etc...). I already talked with him and he said that he likes the ...
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How to engage the party when one player is significantly more social than the rest?

My party has a warlock who IRL has high Charisma, and is fond of persuading, manipulating, and corrupting NPCs. I am looking for ways to engage the rest of the players while not restricting the ...
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Can a trickster/prankster archetype be done well in Pen&Paper and if yes, how? [closed]

Ahhh, the cunning, funny trickster. We love him in movies and books - after all, his literary roots go back to the oldest myths of mankind. A lot of us probably wanted to be him at some point in our ...
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How to deal with a Chaotic Evil player character as a player [closed]

I am taking part in a campaign supposed to be a normal hero adventure. One of our players, who is a first timer to DnD and never really claimed an alignment at the start of the campaign, has pretty ...
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How to fairly schedule sessions when not everyone can make it anymore

So we've been playing a campaign for a few months, and we've kind of hit an impasse. Alice's work roster has changed. She can't make it to Game Night anymore. We'd move it to our back-up day, but Bob ...
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How do I keep things serious in a session while keeping the fun?

I've started playing in a Pathfinder campaign with some friends and we are all newbies. Despite this our gamemaster (who's running his first campaign too) is doing a good job of getting us all ...
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How to discuss information only my character knows with the DM during the game?

I'm currently playing in a campaign and I have a character that has a major secret only me and the DM know: that my character is a member of an organization that in the story only my character would ...
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What games other than Ars Magica encourage Troupe play? [closed]

Troupe play is a specific style where the group is encouraged to collaborate in creating and running the game. There's often more than one GM, players often run more than one character and, indeed, ...
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How do I get my players to communicate with me?

I've been GMing for a few months and have run two campaigns. In each of these campaigns, people have ended up leaving because of problems I could have fixed if I knew what was going on. So how do I ...