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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 do I run a game for a larger group?

I am currently running a Dungeons and Dragons 4 campaign for a group of 9 players. Whittling the group down to a more manageable size is not really an option since they are all family. When we do ...
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How can I manage a party that has grown too big?

I always wanted to try playing D&D and recently got a group of friends together to play online with on Roll20. No-one in the group has any experience playing D&D or any tabletop RPG before. ...
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1 GM and 1 Player games and game systems? [closed]

I'm eager to hear how other people handle this? I do quite a bit of GM-Less gaming in Mythic and some other fringe systems, but, sometimes it's just better to be playing 'other sides' even if you're ...
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How can I tweak the Lost Mine of Phandelver for only 2 player characters?

I'm going to DM Lost Mine of Phandelver tomorrow for 2 friends who've never played the game before. I've never DM'd before either. Would starting them off at level 2 be enough to compensate for the ...
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How to scale down Princes of the Apocalypse for a 3-adventurer party?

I recently just finished DMing Lost Mines of Phandelver with a 3 player party and it went great. Just removed a couple of enemies here and there and it was smooth. I ordered PotA and have started ...
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What's the appropriate way to handle large parties when it comes to skill DCs?

In published adventures (or even homebrew ones), we usually find things like "DC 15 Wisdom (Insight) check tells if the NPC is lying" and so forth and so on. Of course, some checks such as climbing a ...
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Convert a D&D 4e adventure to another level

How can I easily port an adventure to another level? Say take Keep on the Shadowfell and instead of it being 1st to 4th level it becames 6th to 9th level.
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How can I quickly adjust encounters for variable party sizes?

Problem I'm running a campaign with 6 players, but they can't always show up1. That, by itself, would not be a problem, if I knew how many would come with enough time to prepare for it. The thing is: ...
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Is it possible to play the D&D Starter Set with fewer than recommended players?

For a long time I've been interested in D&D and pen-and-paper style games. I'm trying to convince my... lets call them 'social contacts', for... years. I have to add that I have a social ...
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How should I handle running the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure with 7 players?

This is my first time ever running a game of D&D (or any roleplaying game in general). I have 7 players, 5 of them who have never played before. The other 2 are relatively experienced. Should I ...
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How to make monsters level appropriate during a session?

While running dungeon crawls in D&D 5e, I have found that balancing encounters often takes far more prepwork than the storyline does. It's necessary to account for all the exp players may receive ...
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Should I adjust the Starting Encounter for Lost Mines of Phandelver for this party?

The Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure is described on its first page as "an adventure for four to five characters of 1st level." However, I will only be running three players through the campaign (or ...
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How can I reduce the difficulty of Storm King's Thunder without making the fights too easy?

I am a first time DM and have just finished running the Dripping Caves. I want to lower the difficulty but I'm worried that I will overcorrect and create a new problem of fights that are much too ...
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How can I modify a solo for a 2 player party in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

Most encounters are scaled down by removing monsters from play. However, solo monsters are designed around a 5 player party. What is the best way to scale them down to be an interesting fight for 2 ...
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Modifying “The Night Before Wintermas” for a larger party and longer duration

This will be my first time DMing, so I am not sure how to do this yet. The adventure is written for 5 level 5 PC's, but we will have 8 PC's in our group that night. How do I modify the encounters so ...
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How to balance a low-level adventure for higher-level characters?

I am the DM of a group just finishing the 5E starting adventure - Lost Mine of Phandelver. I intend to tie the story we created directly into Tyranny of Dragons. The problem is that the player ...
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Too many players: Is it possible to adjust Lost Mines of Phandelver to cater for more than 5 players?

I've just started GM'ing The Lost Mines of Phandelver for a group of people new to RPG's. They're all very excited about it and originally it was meant to be four people, but I now have 7 people ...
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What should I look out for, when scaling a late heroic published adventure for late paragon/early epic tier?

I will be including a level 9 published adventure in my campaign soon. The thing is, the four players will be somewhere between level 18 and 24 when they hit the dungeon. Aside from obviously scaling ...
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Scaling for battles when the number of players is unknown?

I play in a D&D 4e game at the local game shop where the number of players who shows up can vary from five to fifteen. Obviously a normal battle for fifteen characters would be overpowering for ...
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Adapting a gamebook to multiple players [closed]

This is my first question, so I am truly sorry if it is nonsense. I am a newbie to RPG, however, I used to play gamebooks (Fighting Fantasy) and I really enjoyed them. I want to test if my group of ...
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How do I make sure that my small party doesn't get massacred?

I'm running a game of D&D 5e for a few friends, and due to college starting and people needing to get in a routine, we'll only be able to have around 3 to 2 players a session for a couple months. ...
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Can I play Blades in the Dark with a larger group?

I want to play an introductory session of Blades in the Dark with a group of six people, and I'd prefer not to split them into two parties. However, the rulebook mentions party size from two to four, ...
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Is there a recommended party size for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

I'm planning on starting a campaign of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist tomorrow, but it's looking like we may only have two players (plus me as DM) for it. The other published adventures I've used (Lost Mine ...
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How do I play with 8 people? [duplicate]

So, this is my second D&D campaign as a dungeon master and I wanted to try it with more than 3 people. I told 5 other people that they could join in and we will start in a month. However, I’ve ...
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Scaling a game for a large group

I have read How do I run a game for a larger group?, and while it gave helpful advice it is not the problem I am having. I have 6 players and an observer. They understand they need to have their ...
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Increasing CR for more players

I am currently running a short Pathfinder published adventure (We Be Goblins Too!) as an interlude between campaigns. For reasons not relevant to this question, I have 7-8 player coming each week. ...
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How should I budget encounter XP for a single PC?

In the photo I've shared, it starts the XP budget for a party of 4 PCs. At 1st level, the budget is 400. For 5 PCs it's 500. And 600 XP for 6 PCs. So I guess it's safe to assume that I can divide the ...
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Should I run a campaign with 2 people, or get more players? [closed]

I'm a new DM and have about two players. I am wondering if I should run the game with my existing group, or get more players.