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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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My players are a crude bunch, and I'm having a hard time staying in character among the chatter

I am running a game with 3 players, and we're about 5 sessions in, and everyone is beginning to feel comfortable. This is fine, this is where I want my players to be. However, with a comfort zone, a ...
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How to handle characters that are created for comedy, but are self-sabotaging, and difficult to DM? [closed]

I am about to begin a DnD4e campaign with 4 close friends. I am concerned with some of the players' character concepts. I define the problems with these characters as self-sabotaging, though there ...
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My players went from 100% murderous cretins to 100% nonviolent diplomats; how can I achieve a middle ground?

Related: How do I get my PCs to not be a bunch of murderous cretins? History The same group of players and I have played D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder for over one and a half decades combined. We are ...
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New girl gamer in our D&D group is causing weird tension - what to do?

I'm concerned because a new player just joined our D&D 5e group and is super flirty with all the male players (both in person and as her character - she's a bard). And the problem is that she's ...
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OD&D said it could be played with 20-50 players and one referee. How was that expected to work and still be fun?

Original D&D is often the shorthand name for the 1974 Dungeons & Dragons, Vol. 1, Men & Magic, written by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The section on "Scope" has this quote: Number of ...
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Powergaming rogue in inexperienced party

I'm playing a 3.5e D&D game with a generally a classic sandbox fantasy homebrew setting. The party contains one very experienced player who's playing a rogue who is determined to acquire an ...
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What's the purpose of the same page tool?

The same page tool has been mentioned on this site and I would like to use it if needed. The problem is that I'm not entirely sure what the purpose of the tool is. My first impression was that this ...
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Playing InSpectres with very small groups

How small of a group can effectively play InSpectres and still get into the mode of the game, especially if the participants aren't familiar with the system yet? I'm particularly concerned about how ...
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How do I deal with a player disappointed with Progression System

I'm trying to start new group of Ars Magica (mix of 4 and 5). I'm the storykeeper and had played it for years and it's one my favorites RPGs. This a new System & Scenario for the players, they ...
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One player likes faster-paced games, but the rest enjoy smelling the roses

I'm running an 8-player 5e group in a completely custom realm. Everyone is pretty close friends and most of us have played together before (with me as DM 90% of the time), but this is the first time ...
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What to do when you feel your party is too big? [closed]

I'm in a pathfinder party of 6 where only one other player (and the GM) have played an RPG of this style before. The GM is a first time GM. After the first few games, the GM and I started thinking ...
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Taking Control Back as a DM?

I DMed for the first time last night and it was great besides one aspect. I am running the lost mines campaign with two players and two NPC's (the campaign calls for four or five players, so I wanted ...
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How can I accommodate for last minute dropouts/additions?

As most of you would likely know, a game is structured around the combined "level" of a party, with monsters having a "Challenge Rating" to match that. Additionally, other encounters (like a trap in a ...
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How do we play with irregular attendance?

Some of my players (myself included) will always set time aside to play our weekly D&D 5e games, but others are more casual about their attendance, and won't make it most of the time, except when ...
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How to Help Tourette Player

I have a friend who has tourette syndrome. He's a great guy, I've been friends with him for over a decade. We both love RPGs, and we've played many games together. However, his condition occasionally ...
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How should I deal with a difficult group and a DM that doesn't help?

This will seem like a lot of irrelevant information but it will make sense. I'm relatively new to tabletop RPGs, but not RPGs in general. A little while ago, I became interested in playing with a ...
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Combats are difficult to compensate for my tank character, but the rest of the crew suffers

Ok, I get it. The GM has to suffer through players constantly picking on him, killing all his characters over and over again, so of course he's going to put up a fight. Now for some context. We're ...
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Player complaining about “Kill stealing”

One of our players (our Fighter) has started complaining about "kill stealing". Not overly much, like throwing a tantrum or anything, but they're still voicing their opinion about it. Some instances ...
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How to encourage players to work better as a team?

Related: What kind of rules promote good team cohesion? Unlike that question, this one is about problem players, not problem character personalities. There is a group of good friends who I ...
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Build points for a variable-sized group

Bubblegumshoe assigns character build points according to the number of Sleuths in the game, but my RPG group varies in size from two to six players (excluding GM) from week to week. I understand the ...
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How to ‘meet in the middle’ with two different types of player?

I'm GMing a game for long-standing friends. I took over GMing duties last year, and in that time I've noticed that while everyone seems to be having fun and I can retain their interest, half of the ...
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My players insist that I use “rule zero” for their benefit. How do I get them to accept that I don't want easier house rules?

I would like to know, why it makes practical sense to have rule zero. I'm not an experienced RPG player, but we play a lot of board games with friends, and what I noticed, is that players often want ...
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What to do when your character gets stabbed in the back by the whole party? [closed]

I'm fairly new to playing D&D. I played a few games with my husband. This is the first game I have played where he was not a player or the DM. I am running a Paladin (of Mask the god of ...
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My DM is my roommate and not a good DM… help?

My roommate is currently running a Final Fantasy X campaign, and my fiancée and I are both in it, along with his wife and two other friends. So far, this DM has: Railroaded both my and my fiancée's ...
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What problems should I expect when running Apocalypse World as an “open party” game?

Many of my friends who play or would like to play RPGs have too tight schedules for a single long campaign, but want more continuity than what a single one-shot game would allow. I've been thinking of ...
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How do I approach my DM about toning down the game's lethality? [closed]

I am a new D&D player with a group of 4 players with level 4 characters. Every session at least one and sometimes two of the party end up unconscious and close to dying, and at the end of the ...
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Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?

I finally made it to host my first session of DnD. We had a lot of fun and no one appeared to be one of all these kinds of problem players I read here about every now and then. All had fun and told me ...
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Two players are leaving, and there are conflicting desires for what to do with their PCs. How do I make everyone happy? [closed]

In the D&D group I currently GM, a couple players left recently, and I've been wondering how exactly to handle the situation. The two who left did so on rather negative terms with at least seven ...
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How to deal with a group reluctant to think and discuss? [closed]

Here at RPG.SE we form a quite specific bunch. We discuss social-contract or group-dynamics, we use terms like "player agency" or "emergent settings". We approach the hobby at an intellectual level, ...
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How do I get less attached to my characters?

In terms of my preferences, I tend to like a balance between story and dice-rolling, and write 1-2 page backstories for my characters. I also like a cinematic style where failure means a temporary ...
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What planning and division of labour is necessary to have two GMs in a campaign?

One time, me and one of my groups had decided to play an entire weekend. But on the first day one of the players, who also alternates as GM with our standard GM, sacrificed himself to save the group. ...
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The group I DM for insists on rolled stats, but I don't want unbalanced PCs to cause group conflicts later

I'm going to be running a new campaign for my players, with our session 0 starting tomorrow. I was leaning towards the traditional ability score method of generation (roll 4d6, drop the lowest). I ...
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How do I deal with a member of my party who attacks me whenever I cast a spell?

I'm new to D&D and so are the friends I play it with. My character is a Chaotic Evil Pact of the Tome Warlock. One of my party members is a Lawful Neutral Warrior, and in his backstory he ...
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Sacrificing character integrity for the gameplay? [closed]

Allow me to share an example, so that we can all be on the same page here: Player A Is playing a paladin character that believes in always doing the right thing. And Player A loves to RP as this ...
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How can I run a game of D&D sporadically?

I recently started running a game of D&D 5e for 4 brand-new roleplayers. I designed a short adventure to introduce them to RPGs and to the D&D system and they enjoyed it a lot and wanted more. ...
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I'm the Teamleader (not GM) and one of my Team members is a total jerk

I'm the leader with a total of 4 (included me) man group which 2 of the member agree me as the leader. Even the name of the group is related to my own name. One of my Members is a reaaaal jerk (...
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Whose job is it to make the game interesting?

My Dungeon Master has made his own story and he asked how it was. I criticized him about his story only being interesting for one character (that has a massive amount of backstory and was made with ...
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Is starting a group with 5 newbies (DM included) possible?

Some friends and I want to start playing D&D (5e), but none of us, DM included (not me) have played before to any great extent. The DM and I have some cursory experience with 4e, but have never ...
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How can I find out the best style of play for the people in my group? (Asking isn't working.)

Lately, I've realized that most of the players in my D&D 5e custom story group that I am the DM of are not as engaged as they could be in the game. When I ask them how each really wants to play ...
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How to talk about reducing the numbers of our current group

We have a Pathfinder group that consists of 11 people, and has been like that for a few years now. In the beginning we had a great time with such a large group and didn't mind the number, but ...
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Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?

I'm playing a warlock, a follower of the old god Cthulhu (chaotic evil). My character is chaotic neutral, and has been doing some not-so-neutral things (in my opinion). My patron god is a big part of ...
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How to transform a bunch of strangers into a friendly group?

I am about to start a game with a bunch of strangers. I posted a flyer in a friendly local game shop (FLGS) and some folks responded enthusiastically. I talked a little bit to them about what sort of ...
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What techniques can help players reach consensus quickly on group actions?

A frequent problem in my D&D 5E group (4-6 players plus DM) is prolonged discussion about group actions. Upon reaching a point where the group has to make a decision, players will argue about the ...
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Is the DM Always Right?

I recently got into a disagreement with my DM for a DND 5E game regarding a use of Prestidigitation. The argument was that since it could create a Non-Magical Trinket, and Music Boxes are ...
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How can I help my players be interested in others' characters?

In asking this question I realized something that I never have before: my players aren't interested in each other's characters. How can I, as DM but also game session organizer and facilitator, help ...
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How do you resolve conflict when an absent player's character is played “differently” by another player?

A problem that can arise when not everyone can make it to the table is that someone running the absent person's character may make choices or decisions that are either out of character, don't sit well ...
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How to deal with feuding characters derailing the game?

I started a weekly Shadowrun campaign a month and a half ago, and two of my players' characters have decided they hate each other. It started out with frequent in-character name calling which was ...
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How can I pitch a player-defined campaign to gamers who are used to GM-defined games?

I am about to (in a couple of weeks) pitch a game I want to GM to a small crowd of people. There is more than one challenge to it, since it's a real-life example. I am a non-student member of a local ...
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How to assign PCs differing goals without breaking up the group?

In this question I describe my intention of running a courtly intrigue game where player characters have different goals: To keep the group coherent, I would like to give them two sets of goals - ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back? [closed]

I'll let that title sit there for a second while I explain my situation. So, first off - recently the DM let slip that his current campaign is loosely based on the Star Wars trilogy (which one though,...