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For questions on 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 should I end a campaign only the passive players are enjoying?

I was having a blast with my first campaign, but things got out of hand. Four players in total: three were active and one was passive. Until one active player got in an accident and quit, so I brought ...
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IC conflicts, OC hurt feelings, how did you overcome group conflicts as a player?

I'll try to not go too deep into detail and this might turn into a small rant, so sorry in advance. For easier reading I added some subtitles. ;-) Here is some context My group and I (4 players, ...
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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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What do I do if my group isn't gelling?

It's my first time playing D&D with a bunch of other first-timers (using the starter kit). One of the players is steamrolling over other players and his character is insufferable. What do I do if ...
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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 ...
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Player conflict - not sure if I’m taking it too personally

There’s a player in my party who keeps being hostile to my character in a way that I’m taking personally. We had a previous campaign that wrapped up recently where this happened a few times, and I ...
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I think my DM is consistently faking dice rolls for saves against a specific spell; how do I call my DM out?

I've been watching one of our players repeatedly cast toll the dead (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 169), across seven sessions, and a dozen different combat encounters, and the DM has never once ...
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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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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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Is the DM Always Right?

I recently got into a disagreement with my DM for a D&D 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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I keep rolling terribly. How can I keep playing this character and have fun, despite my luck?

I've always wanted to play D&D before, and recently I finally found an online play-by-chat group I can play with regularly. I spent a lot of time chatting with them and building up a fun noble ...
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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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My group says my roleplaying style is incorrect. How do I roleplay correctly for them?

I'm currently playing in a 5th edition forgotten realms campaign and I keep getting comments on how I don't role-play correctly. My character is a tiefling rogue hellbent on becoming a god but I can't ...
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How to deal with an enthusiastic new player who's interrupting others? aka, How to gently teach "improv etiquette"?

(Preamble: I recognize "just talk to her" is the default right answer for questions like this, but since the transgression is really small and the player is really new, I'm specifically ...
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My own party belittles me as a player, should I leave? [closed]

I've been playing with a party in several other campaigns for about 18 months. We've gotten pretty deep into the story in each, but I've only started taking notes for the past 2 months. Now, when the ...
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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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Being as careful as we ought to be takes too long and is boring, what can we do differently?

What can we either as players or as characters do to be more careful about investigation and reconnaissance without making things slow and boring? As a party we tend to make poor tactical decisions. ...
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Group social issues when roleplaying as a gender other than your own

Some time ago I was thinking of a character for a system (which I won't mention, to avoid any bias) who was of the opposite gender. I'm fairly convinced that it's because of the characters background, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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How should a GM deal with sexuality in an RPG?

I think it's a matter of fact that since the first moment a player realizes that he or she can interact with someone of the opposite sex romantically within the game, things get hairy. I had my fair ...
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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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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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Are players supposed to interrupt each other if they want to do something?

Context: Neither my group nor I have played Dungeon World before. We have a few years of experience with D&D 5e though. Therefore, we're used to rather clear rules regarding initiative and ...
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What should I do if a player never seems interested and always in a rush, always ruining the mood of the game? [duplicate]

I am currently in a campaign with 4 other party members, this is all of our first campaigns playing except for the DM who has done a few other campaigns, we are a happy go lucky just fun group since ...
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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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How can I convince evil characters to save the world?

I made a homebrew campaign with some friends and gave them a more or less summary of what was to be expected of it. When they turned in their characters, all of them were either neutral or evil. If ...
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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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How to prevent a player from abandoning one PC in favor of a different one

Here's some background to the situation, which I believe may relate to the problem. It should help some people answer the question. I play a small game of DnD with some friends named Lorry, Kevin, and ...
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My sister wants to play every other week at our weekly table. How do I fix the issues that come with this?

My sister and I both play at the local game shop once a week. It costs five bucks for anyone to get in. Recently, my sister has started attending a church program every Wednesday and wants to play D&...
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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 ...
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Broccoli games: or, how do you deal with unfun sessions before you get to have fun again?

This may be a silly question, but I'm still quite curious. How do deal with unfun game sessions that you feel are still kind of required? The context of my question is, our group just had, effectively,...
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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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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 ...
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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 the ...
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I don't like a fellow player, what should I do?

We're playing online. I don't like the player, not the PC, the PC themselves is fine, which kinda makes this worse, if it was the PC, I could chalk it up to good RP. This player also isn't unlikable/...
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Being ignored as a player in multiple campaigns

A couple of friends and I have been playing dnd 5e together for a couple of years. They both take turns dming and I'm a player in the games of both. One of the DMs however always ignores me in ...
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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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Should I prohibit a player from having a character goal that makes me uncomfortable?

A few friends and I (as game master) are gearing up to start a Fate game set in a society inspired by ancient Greece, with a direct democratic political system. One of my players wants to play a ...
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A dyslexic friend wants to play with an online group in a text-based game; how can I help them participate?

I have a group of remote friends who often play RPGs by written message only - primarily playing live. I'm starting up a new game, and one of the players who's asked to join has moderate dyslexia, and ...
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How do I handle missing different players on each session? [closed]

I'm trying to get my group together, but not everyone can join on a given day. What should I do to best run the game? Do I (as the DM) take over their character, throw in a temporary NPC, cancel the ...
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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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How can I, as a GM, make players with different playstyles be more moderate?

I'm a GM for this group of players playing Pathfinder 2e, and we're playing an adventure where they are supposed to be city guards. Now, one of the players is taking it to an extreme level of ...
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Player Conflict [closed]

I am new to D&D and still learning the game. My bf is the DM. I was playing with 2 other characters who are very experienced. In general terms, I wanted to talk to a book that was scried, but this ...
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How do I make my role playing group a not exclusively male one?

My role playing groups have been, almost exclusively, male. What are some ideas/options for making the group and the experience more likely to attract, and retain, female players?
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Maintaining balance with a very large group

I played DnD 3.5 while in the military and due to a shortage of DMs, was constantly flooded by players. Some of my games would include up to 10 or 11. I discovered quickly that balancing for this in 3....
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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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How do I handle kids' conflicting goals?

I'm playing Amazing Tales with my two daughters (an even simpler version, actually-- we don't really make characters with specific skills, I just let them be whoever and we make up a story while ...

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