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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 to declare cliches in Risus?

Risus has a very simple and appealing cliche-based resolution mechanism. I have never played it with someone who already knew it, and I would like to try it but I am unsure about the "proper" (or ...
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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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When should i reveal new sections of a dungeon? [duplicate]

Closed, since this answer answers pretty much everything I have a vinyl mat and a water-soluble pen, this allows me to have any dungeon imaginable to put my figurines into. My problem is: how and ...
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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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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 do I handle a player asking insistently about game secrets between sessions?

I usually like to give little bits and pieces of information to the group to get them excited about the upcoming session, but nothing that could be considered spoilers, something like: I had a ...
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Speaking in combat as character vs. Discussing tactics

Just got the beginner box, and I'm doing the gm part. PC's can as a free action 'speak to other characters' does this mean that during combat the players should not be discussing tactics or helping ...
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What are the pitfalls I should be watching for, when making riddles based on ooc informations? [closed]

Recently a friend told me that it is his birthday in a few days and noting that he expects some kind of birthday event in our next session. After thinking about it I noticed EACH of the players will ...
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How to prevent players from metagaming when they split the party?

Let's say that I have a group of 4 players. During the game they decide to split for some reason (e.g. one group goes shopping, the other goes to the tavern). Now let's say that the group in the ...
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How can I reduce metagaming? [duplicate]

I have DM'd a couple of times and have been a long standing D&D/Pathfinder player. The one thing I see a lot in the games that I've played is metagaming. For example, everyone rolls a Spot check. ...
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Have classes and levels ever been recognized officially in-game?

Has there ever been an official (A)D&D product in which character levels (as per the rules governing the game) were recognized and utilized to some degree in-game, within the game world, by the ...
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How to explain to a new player that metagaming is encouraged in this group

I am part of a social board games group that meets most weekends to play short (max one session) games that usually involve role playing of some kind. Recently someone invited a friend from another, ...
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How should I deal with metagaming?

I'm the GM and author of my own system, which we have been playing for a couple of years now. Last year, four completely new members joined. Two players are giving hints to others even when their ...
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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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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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Managing OOC player knowledge when using one-shot games as a prologue for a longer campaign

I have a situation where our group is a mix of people who are still at University and others have already graduated. Those of us who are finished all have jobs but live fairly close together and can ...
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Metagaming and Collusion while Gaming in Roll20

Metagaming has always been a facet of tabletop RPGs, for good or for ill. The impact that metagaming has on game itself can run from highly beneficial, such as when a group acts on player information ...
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How to keep the consequences of a player's actions a secret?

How can I make sure that a certain action of a player causes something to happen to the other players without the first player knowing it? For example: The player wakes up trapped in a coffin under ...
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How can I prepare the map for a combat without alerting the players that combat is about to begin?

I am running an adventure in Pathfinder and I use a very large square board and some homemade model walls to define areas such as dungeons or houses and other stuff. However, building maps on the ...
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Making relaying information less awkward

I recently started DMing for a group of friends that are new to pathfinder. Combat and group conversations went well, but after having the characters roll perception for what they see or after ...
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Is the "+1" in "Long Sword +1" for OOC use only?

Do your characters say, "I'd like to buy that Long Sword +1," or is that "+1" for OOC reference only?
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How can I avoid metagaming when I know things my character doesn't?

One common problem I run into, as a player, is having to feign not-knowing things my character doesn't but I do, be it rules about certain creatures ("Hmm that rock golem sure looks weak against [...]"...
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What do you roll Insight against when the other person is telling the truth?

Frequently it comes up that characters will be talking to an NPC and one of them will say something similar to "Do I believe him?" "Roll an insight check." If they're lying, it's simple: an Insight ...
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"You're not there, you can't say that" in Fate?

I'm GMing a Fate Accelerated Edition game, importing quite a lot of rules and ideas from Fate Core. Although I've been a DM/GM for almost 25 years, it's my first time GMing a narrative-focussed game. ...
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How do I convince players that I'm not necessarily a murderous cretin?

I am a crew member with a sci-fi LARP system. Rather than having a player character, I usually play as a disposable mook, and my characters spawn in, attack the players, then die in an entertaining ...
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What's the game in which the PCs themselves have character sheets?

Inspired by this question, I was reminded of a role-playing game solicited in a late 90s or early 00s Previews (Diamond Distribution's monthly comic book and associated merchandise--including games--...
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How can I make the players think outside their normal selves?

I have been DMing a custom campaign, and the players are starting to complain that I am being to "god like" and throwing "to powerful encounters" at them. The group is level 2's and 3's, and I have ...
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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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Giving away too much information about alignment?

So, I had an idea for a future campaign where spells and magical abilities would be color coded based on the user's alignment. Good and Evil would be white and black respectively, while Lawful and ...
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How to handle player knowledge when they fumble a knowledge roll [duplicate]

I'm a new DM of D&D 4e and I'm looking for some advice for handling failed and fumbled information rolls. I am using a house-rule that allows for misinformation when a 1 is rolled on the ...
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How to secretly talk to one of the players while DM'ing?

To cut it short, the players (it's a 3 people party) are in some kind of a Secret Service of a rebel prince who wants the throne. One of my players is working for the current king secretly, feeding ...
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Who first decided that "metagaming" is bad?

My understanding of early D&D play is that there was a general expectation that players could use any and all of their own skills to overcome challenges — including knowledge that their ...
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Can I roll for a PC in secret?

As a GM, can I roll in secret so my players don't even know I rolled? For example, a PC walks past a secret door; if I ask the player to roll perception he may suspect there is something. Can I roll ...
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How do you deal with metagaming based on die results?

I ran into this problem in a session I had earlier today. My characters were going through a dungeon and after a fairly lengthy fight with a person who lived there, they decided they would question ...
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As a Neutral-Good character, how greedy can I be? [closed]

I'm trying to play a neutral good wizard, but recently I came across a large sum of gold while adventuring with the party. Now, some members of the party screwed me out of gold in the past, but in ...
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Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions?

When a player has their character do something completely outside of the perceived norm for that character, is it okay to ask them for a justification? If they can not give satisfactory justification,...