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Questions tagged [metagaming]

For questions about topics concerning using, managing, or separating player knowledge and character knowledge.

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How should the DM manage the discrepancy between the player's memory and their PC's memory?

It may happen that, during a session, players don't remember the name of a NPC that they met (or, more generally, information about something that happened) during the previous session. Obviously, ...
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How do I DM and play a PC at the same time without metagaming?

We have a large group of 9 people. As such, it's more manageable when we split into 2 separate teams to take objectives (like one team saves the villagers and the other fights the bandit leader). In ...
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Will rerolling initiative each round stop meta-gaming about initiative?

I am thinking of implementing Speed Factor Initiative, but I don't really want to use all of it. Speed Factor Initiative "RAW" would work like this: Everyone must declare an action prior to rolling ...
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How can I give a Ranger advantage on a check due to Favored Enemy without spoiling the story for the player?

The Scenario I am the DM for a group who have just entered a town that was attacked by cloud giants a few days before their arrival. The players and characters don't know this though, so part of the ...
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Do PCs understand the leveling system and its experience requirements?

Do PCs understand the nature of the leveling system and its experience requirements? For example, suppose a PC is just below the XP requirement for a level and is planning to undertake a major quest. ...
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How can I enjoy being a DM when I have an explorer personality?

I live in a small Finnish town with my wife and we want to play. But we cannot find any GMs there. So I decided to try to be GM myself. The problem is - I love to explore the worlds, story, monsters, ...
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If I run a game of Paranoia, will knowing the rules lead to a worse experience if/when I participate as a player in the future?

I received the boxed starter set of Paranoia for Christmas, and find myself in the classic dilemma of tabletop players everywhere: do I want to run this game, or try to find someone else to run it, so ...
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I deciphered the meaning of a cryptic language out-of-game: should my character know what the meaning is?

I have just started my first D&D 5e campaign, and have encountered a seemingly mind-controlled bandit who keeps writing the same thing over and over on the wall. Our DM wrote out what it looks ...
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Do ability scores force a character to act in a certain way? [duplicate]

As a group, most of the players at our table are fans of rolling for stats. This leads and has led to multiple amazing characters and some .. a bit less amazing. Something that is rather consistent ...
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How can metagaming retries on poor skill checks be prevented?

I'm sure every DM has had this happen: one PC is trying to find something cool on a dead monster's body. The player rolls poorly, and instead of accepting the paltry 2 copper pieces, the PC calls all ...
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When do I tell my players when they're under an NPC's class effects that cause disadvantage on attacks?

There's a pretty good chance that my PCs will enter a team-battle tournament soon. One of the characters that they might fight has an ability that would give disadvantage to attack someone other than ...
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When does a PC become aware they've contracted a disease?

I have not used any afflictions in my game as of yet, but the party will shortly be going through a festering bog, which if normal mosquitos don't give them a disease, the stirge or some other ...
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Is it metagaming if I want to build a bomb?

In a hypothetical situation, I want to destroy a castle's walls. To do so I came up with the idea to build a bomb a la Saruman in LOTR. Perhaps my character would have to dig around for records on ...
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Can a PC target the monster with the highest initiative?

One of my players just started a combat (having the highest initiative overall) by saying that he wanted to target the monster having the highest initiative. Can he do that ? Isn't that pure ...
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What to do with a player I have issues with due to metagaming?

I want to start this by saying that I am very new to D&D as a whole. This is my first campaign and I am playing a Lizardfolk paladin (it works in this story); the problem player is playing a gnome ...
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How do you discourage “player knowledge” as a GM?

As a trivial random encounter is winding down, a player thinks "That was too easy... The GM wouldn't give us an encounter that doesn't give XP," and starts searching for hidden bad guys or other clues....
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Are casters aware of spell slots?

Players use spell slots as a meta concept to manage a character. For instance, Liz the Wizard gets so many spell slots at this level, and so many spell slots at that level. It says so right there in ...
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How do I manage a player who is handling traps by metagaming?

I have a high-hitpoint character who barges down hallways without regard to traps because that's what His Guy would do. In reality, he's metagaming: doing this because he knows he has the HPs to soak ...
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Was this “severe" metagaming or cheating per Adventurers League rules? [closed]

It is the night before our last session to finish Tomb of Annihilation. For the previous three sessions we had seen things in the tomb that gave us a clue to what creature we might face. [spoilers] ...
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How to prevent metagaming induced by trying to not metagame?

We have a lot of questions on how to prevent metagaming on this tag. But usually the metagaming is something like Using player's knowledge to optimize your character's actions. Now, I've ...
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Metagaming when there isn't actually anything there?

So, it's a fairly common question of how to keep players from metagaming. Typically, these questions are of the sort that a player knows monster x is weak to y despite their character not having ...
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Is the Fey Ancestry racial trait common knowledge?

Last week in our game, my players faced some Drow in a small dungeon encounter. One of my players, playing a 15 year old tiefling Sorceror (level 1) chose not to cast Sleep on the Drow because he (...
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How to prevent metagame in betrayal/PvP scenarios?

Context/Research Often the metagaming problem is about how the DM presents the things to the players. We have lots of questions and good answers in the metagaming tag. Most of them are about ...
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Advice for dealing with a metagaming player. [closed]

This is my first post here, so bear with me. I've been running a dnd group with some friends over the past couple months. Doing some one off adventures to start but have lately been doing a full ...
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Do characters know if someone else, who they can see, has failed a saving throw?

Do characters know if someone else, who they can see, has failed a saving throw? In particular, let's consider the following cases: a caster has cast a spell, that requires a saving throw, and that ...
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If I overheal someone with Lay on Hands do the extra points return to my pool?

One of my player's asked me what happens if the number they choose for Lay on Hands is greater than the difference between the target's current and maximum HP. Will they will get refunded the ...
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How should I go about stopping metagaming based on Roll20 showing unexplored areas?

In the campaign that I'm running, the party is currently in a dungeon. They cleared most of the entire dungeon except a hidden door to an area that holds some loot but nothing integral to the game. ...
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How to stop players from trying to gauge success of meta-ideas via meta questions?

I am running a campaign in The Dark Eye, the Year of the Griffon to be exact. Due to having quite an abundant downtime by having taken initiative quite early the group had about 2 and a half months ...
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Does a PC know it rolled low when using stealth?

This happens on a PBP session recently. I have a goblin on a watch on a tower, but the party doesn't know this. This is an enemy base, so they rolled Dexterity (stealth) to get in. One of the ...
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How to have players save against secret spells and traps

I've been thinking about a method to utilize secret threats without removing player agency. This is especially important for when a character would be forced to make a saving throw by a stealthed ...
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My Player Wants to be Resurrected After Telling Party Not To [closed]

In the game I run (D&D 5E with a home brew setting) those that die a spectacular death get to send a letter back to the living. Spectacular being defined as enough to amuse or impress the goddess ...
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Is this rule in Castle Amber necessary?

The title's vague to avoid spoiling the adventure module Castle Amber (1981). I am baffled by the following conceit: (And, yes, that's a pretty big deal, and, yes, that info's buried in the middle ...
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One person using multiple characters in separate campaigns who will be at war [closed]

In our game, we have a good campaign and an evil campaign. Our DM has us going separate games until the ending battle. We have a player who has decided to have a character in each campaign. Cool, no ...
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Can I ask my players for copies of their notes?

I am still quite new to GMing and I've come across a problem running an Investigation-based Sci-Fi RPG. My players are taking notes on lots of things that were meant to be innocuous little bits of ...
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How would you behave while playing an adventure you were already a DM of?

I would like to be a DM for my weekly group while also playing Adventurers League at my local store. I intend to run the same hardcover adventure for my group that the Adventurers League will be ...
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Tips on playing a chaotic evil character while keeping alignment and class secret from the rest of the party [duplicate]

I first saw the idea on a different question. Can't remember where exactly it was. It may even have just been a joke but the idea seems interesting, although there's probably a very delicate border ...
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Meta DM'ing against Booming Blade [closed]

I currently have a Roguelock Swashbuckler in a campaign, in this campaign one of his cantrips is Booming Blade. Now the DM has suggested already nerfing the cantrip to remove the extra d8 it receives ...
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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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Suggestions for decreasing metagaming and increasing player immersion?

This question is posed in a great way over on the Paizo boards, where I hang out since I play/run a lot of Pathfinder. Immersion is one of the key parts of the RPG experience to me, so I loved the ...
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How can I talk to an experienced player about metagaming?

This is my first campaign as a GM and it is going really well but I have been having trouble with a player. This player is a GM of another campaign that I am playing in and in that campaign he has a ...
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Does GMing diminish or detract from being a player in games? [closed]

I started playing RPGs last year with the Pathfinder Beginner Box. I have been GMing and writing a campaign, but have also encouraged members of the party that are interested to run a one-off Beginner ...
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Adjusting aspects based on attendance

A crucial part of most FATE play is having aspects that relate to the other PCs at the table. What happens when your group's attendance fluctuates wildly? If Bob has aspects relating to Mary and Joan, ...
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How to distinguish Darkness from being blinded and Silence from being deafened?

If the enemy mage casts a spell and I describe to everybody that it becomes pitch black all around them, they know that a Darkness spell is going on. If on the other hand I ask for a CON save and (...
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What to do with a player who falsely claims My Guy Syndrome, so MGS handling doesn't work?

I have a player that is claiming "that's what my guy would do", but I don't think they're actually suffering My Guy Syndrome. Based on What is "my guy syndrome" and how do I handle it?, a ...
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How can I efficiently convey different perceptions of the same thing to different players? [duplicate]

I'm building an encounter around illusions, but this works for other similar situations. The party moves along the narrow corridor. As they turn the corner, they see just another regular corridor. ...
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Is using an ability which affects the next person to hit, knowing a particular PC goes after you, considered meta-gaming? [closed]

Recently I read a question* which asked when to use Spell B, because the asker felt Spell A was a better alternative. One of the answers stated that it would beneficial to use Spell B if: Your next ...
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What to do about a player who takes risks and dies (without consequence)? [closed]

I have a solid group of 3-5 players who regularly play together and I DM for them. One of these players regularly dies during our campaign (sometimes multiple times). I typically allow people to re-...
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How should I deal with players who prefer “realistic” approaches to challenges?

this is my first time asking on here so I hope I'm asking a viable question. So I'm currently GMing for a four man party in my Force and Destiny game. The party is made up of three Force-users and a ...
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Is there a precedent for NPCs knowing that the PCs are controlled by players? [closed]

I've just read NPCs by Drew Hayes and it gave me an idea for a plot in which the NPCs in the game world somehow know that the PCs are characters being controlled by other people. Is there any ...
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How does one go about allowing the Inquisitor to use his Bane Class ability?

What I mean by this is when in combat with a creature or creatures how do you allow the player to activate his Bane while keeping character over player knowledge in mind? For example, In PF I play a ...