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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) 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 are the advantages and disadvantages of Player-driven versus GM-driven mechanics in Pathfinder

According to some people: Players shouldn't state the skill they want to use for a given situation, they should state their intentions. As the Game Master, you know how that intended action can be ...
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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 do I stop players 'bantering' over other peoples initiative/DM descriptions?

I'm a relatively new DM. I put together a group of 5 all new players who all showed interest and we have a pretty good group. One of the players decided to play a cocky rogue type, which is absolutely ...
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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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How to force a group to choose a leader?

We have a LARP group which is composed of experienced players but has a major drawback, it has no leader. It kinda works for the group, but every decision which needs to be made yields lengthy ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Bringing a pre-made character to the table or not; pros and cons?

Sometimes a player will have a pre-made character and bring it along to the first gaming session. Other times they will make the character at the table. Sometimes you get a mixed bag. As both a player ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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,...
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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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How do I leave a campaign politely when I'm not having fun? [duplicate]

So I've been playing a DnD 5e campaign for the past couple of weeks, and I've come to the conclusion today that I'm not really having much fun with it. I've come into the campaign midway-through and ...
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Dealing with a disgruntled player leaving my campaign

So I've been running a game of Shadowrun over the internet for the past few weeks online, and I've had a hectic personal schedule, so I haven't been able to do lengthy sessions. I've got a player who ...
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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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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 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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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 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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Running a “Chaotic Evil” PC in a morally ambivalent group?

So I've been running in a Shadowrun group for a while now and my character served as the group's only moral compass. He got killed in a rather dissatisfying string of events, but now it's time to whip ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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I saved my players from a tough battle, what now?

In my last game my players were almost overwhelmed and I saved them, with a NPC joining the battle. My players were bummed out after the fight and had a heated discussion about the fight. How can I ...
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How can we handle “firing” our DM?

I'm new to the game and new to this site, so hopefully I'm ok in asking for help with a situation that is plaguing our otherwise happy group. My roommate and I have been hosting D&D 5E in our ...