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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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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Is it up to the DM or to the player to “fix” a tone problem in the group?

Playing in a friend's campaign and the other PC is difficult to play against, to the point that it's frustrating me both in and out of character. The DM and I are playing a high-magic, god-touched ...
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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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An edgy power player wants to dominate all interactions. Should we ask him to leave?

I've been playing with an 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 ...
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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 ...
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Friends want to play D&D5e. I don't want to be excluded but I can't make a decent character. What should I do? [closed]

Some of my friends want to play D&D5e. I really don't want to be excluded from playing, because at the moment, I feel enough of an outsider, but no matter how hard I try I can't make a decent ...
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What would make a good “Session 0” in Pathfinder with both new and experienced players? [closed]

Many questions from problem-x tags get answers stating something like "have a Session 0", which means "sit down and tell each other what do you expect from the game". Some of them mention the Same ...
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Are interpersonal discussions included in the ban on communication?

In the Deep Forest, players are prohibited from communicating with eachother outside of the 'Agree on Something' action and via the placing of Contempt tokens and exact citing of rules text with no ...
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Which level of German language (by TestDAF) is needed to play Pathfinder with native speakers?

I currently live in Germany, and if everything goes OK, will stay there till June 2018. I am here to learn German language, and I am thinking about doing so via playing RPGs. It also seems to be a ...
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Balancing a campaign for newbie and veteran players alike [closed]

So I'm running my first custom world campaign. This will be the first full campaign I've run, and I'm a little nervous. The party consists of 4 complete newbies, and my partner who's a veteran ...
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How to make in-game planning more fruitful and fun? [duplicate]

My gaming group is very mature, empathetic and thoughtful; in character and out. They are pretty much the perfect gaming group, but one of the players whose opinion I trust to be honest has come to me ...
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How do I deal with a player who gets offended when other players get to loot first?

I'm directing a 5e campaign and I have a party of three: A Tiefling Warlock (eloquent, rational type), a tiefling monk (rash, impulsive and danger seeking) and a half-elf rogue (his personality is not ...
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How do I deal with my character's role in our party being overtaken by other PCs?

For some context, I am playing level 20 Barbarian, with 24 STR and CON, and have mostly adopted the totem of the bear. When we began our campaign many levels ago, my role was to force enemies to ...
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How can I advise my fellow party members to better pace resource use without being controlling?

The party I am in is currently involved in an attack against a fortified manor house and knows that there is a subterranean component to the compound as well. We are certain there are a good many ...
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PCs using disciplinary talk from DM as leverage, leading to group dysfunction

This is a follow up from my previous question (Dealing with 2 Immature Players Who Detract from the Experiences of Others), based on what I think is an unfortunate development since I originally ...