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Questions tagged [new-gm]

For questions specifically about problems inherent to becoming or tutoring a game master (GM). This tag is not for just saying "I am a new GM": see the full tag wiki for important usage notes.

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How to get the players to care and RP more?

About two month ago I got interested in D&D and I decided to start playing it. I read the rules, found an adventure and got four of my friends to play with me. They always show up to play and we ...
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What can I do to give the players more freedom? [closed]

I'm a newish DM playing a fantasy RPG similar do D&D but a lot simpler, either way, it won't matter that much. I'm not very good at improvising yet and if i do it too much it may become a mess ...
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As a player, how to engage new players more?

My friends and I have started a 5e campaign. I'm one of the players, and aside from the DM, have by far the most tabletop RPG experience. One of my friends, Bertha, who also has some RPG experience ...
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Can anybody give me a simple guide to leveling up a character?

I made a post recently about Lost Mines of Phandelver (5e), and it's safe to say I'm less experienced than a beginner. The characters are level 2 and I looked up how to level up, but since then I've ...
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New to roleplaying, how do I start off a sort of superhero game with my sister? [closed]

I've never played an actual tabletop rpg before. The only experience I have is playing Bioware's Neverwinter Nights. I finally managed to find someone to play with me: my sister. I'm planning on ...
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As a new GM how do I figure out rules quickly?

I tried my hand at GMing for the first time recently and my biggest challenge was figuring out rules on the fly. I frequently found players wanted to do things that I didn't know the rules for, ...
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How to plan the CR of an encounter your PCs can't win?

I'm going to create a combat encounter that my PCs are very unlikely to win, with the ultimate result of their "dying" in combat leading to their capture by a yet-to-be-revealed villain. I don't want ...
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Should I give the players what they want even if it's silly? [closed]

We're playing this 'newbies' RPG called Mighty Blade. It has its own system that is very limited, and I have to make most of the stuff up. The problem is that the players think that this mean that ...
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How can I make this campaign less NPC oriented? [closed]

I'm the GM this time, playing D&D 5e, I have planned an NPC that would serve some use to the plot and at the end of the campaign but I started noticing that, if he dies or the party screws with ...
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Handling Slightly Unpredictable Situations [closed]

So it was my first time DMing for experienced players and were playing through The Sunless Citadel. Most of what happened happened accordingly to the book expect dialogue, which I was expecting. What ...
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How to handle a group that questions every decision I make as DM

I am new to DMing. In fact, my whole group is new to D&D as a whole. The one struggle I seem to be facing (besides the fact that I have to look almost every thing up) is that 2 of my 5 players are ...
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Where can I go for opinions and idea generation for TRPGs? [closed]

I am newer to DMing. I started playing D&D 5e with a bunch of friends about a year ago and volunteered to be DM since I like keeping up with rules, inundating myself in all the books, etc. However,...
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How do I get my players to communicate with me?

I've been GMing for a few months and have run two campaigns. In each of these campaigns, people have ended up leaving because of problems I could have fixed if I knew what was going on. So how do I ...
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I have the Player's Handbook; should I get the Dungeon Master's Guide or Monster Manual next? [closed]

This is my first time DMing, and I already have the Player's Handbook. I'm wondering which core book I should get next: the Dungeon Master's Guide or the Monster Manual? I am creating a campaign for ...
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How do people get their players from level 1 to 2 in ~6 encounters?

I'm planning my first adventure, and I'm confused by the guidelines for creating encounters. Everything I've read says it should take around 6 encounters for the players to go from level 1 to 2, ...
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How do I avoid micromanaging character creation?

What aspects of character generation should the DM limit? I'm a new DM starting a new campaign with 6 players that have no previous Dungeons and Dragons experience. I've played before; they haven't. ...
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Wealth scales in Shadowrun?

New to Shadowrun as a GM. Transitioned from Cyberpunk and World of Darkness storytelling. My players are fairly certain that they each get paid approximately 3000-30,000 nuyen for every run they go on....
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Would it be a bad idea to make a joke campaign? [closed]

I want to DM for a group of friends that have had minimal amount of tabletop role-playing experience (two sessions of a D&D campaign and three sessions of a Dungeon World campaign, both DM'ed by ...
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Activating and deactivating a lodestone trap

I'm a fairly new GM and in the process of working through a campaign I came across a lodestone trap that is activated when a pressure plate has more than 30 pounds placed on it, which sends out a ...
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What's the appropriate AC for beginner level enemies?

I've never played pen and paper RPGs before, so I don't know pretty much anything and the amount of detail is a bit overwhelming. Our DM is inexperienced as well, so I can't really be sure if they ...
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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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How to handle an individual who is a selfish GM and player?

I am part of a medium-sized group of players (6-8 people usually show up) who meet up once a week to RP. Our age ranges are 18-30. We have two GMs in our group, one who is an experienced GM (the ...
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How does somebody create a god stat block? [closed]

I'm creating a campaign with a god as the final boss, but I'm having trouble coming up with stats (HP, actions, other traits) to give him. Any suggestions?
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New GM prepping for players of different skill levels and attendance issues [closed]

I'm a new GM(only ever run 2-3 sessions, myself) and I'm taking over for a coworker who was running our D&D program at our library branch. For the time being, we run exclusively 5th edition. I ...
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I have no idea where to take the campaign I'm running, need some advice [closed]

I'm a brand new GM and decided to run my first campaign with Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. When helping my players create characters I told them they should make they make like the crew in firefly, ...
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How do I spotlight a new-to-roleplay player's character in Dungeon World?

Context: I've started a Dungeon World campaign as a new GM with three other players. We've finished a single session thus far. For one of the players, this is her first time playing a roleplaying game....
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I'm a new DM and have never played a tabletop RPG before. Any basic tips or strategies? [duplicate]

I am DMing for my family (a total of 7 other people) and have never played D&D or any other Tabletop RPG before. We will be playing D&D 5e. I know a lot of the basics from listening to The ...
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What is an effective way of calculating the CR of an altered creature?

In this example, I am trying to calculate the CR of a black pudding [CR 7] that has its HD raised by 5 [Originally 10HD, now 15HD], deals a 5-10 foot AoE splash acid damage whenever damaged via ...
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How do I respond when players stray from my prepared material?

As a new DM I have had the problem of my players straying way off course to the point where it was not a easy fix problem that where I slowly can guide them back to the objective. An example of this ...
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I'm afraid that my players are losing interest in the game due to my amateur GM ability [closed]

I have recently started running a game for a group of new players, but as this is the first time as the GM, my skill set is still a bit lacking. Over the past few games, I created a little bit of a ...
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Should I boost a new player's character level to match the rest of the group?

As the title states, I have a new member joining the group. He is also new to the RP game, meaning he has no experience at all with any system (much like the rest of the group, who are only 3 or 4 ...
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How to DM a no-equipment start when one character needs something specific? [closed]

I am DMing for the first time. As a player, I like starting with nothing and making use of found items until equipment can be bought. I think this makes the early levels more interesting. Thus, as a ...
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GM: Best setting for introductory Fate session? [closed]

I am a newish tabletop RPG player who recently joined a small group of friends with 2-3 experienced rpgers and 3 new players. Up until now we have played a long Pathfinder campaign and several one-...
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Is Fate style GMing “lazy”?

Newbie GM here preparing for my first ever Fate GM session. My group consists of 4-5 players with varying levels of experience in RPG games. We have previoulsy played a long Pathfinder campaing and ...
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New to Fate: how to manage all aspects at play

Newbie Fate GM here, I will soon GM my first ever session. Seeing how important being aware of all aspects at play at any given scene is, how do you keep track and announce all the various aspects ...
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How to handle buying/selling prices from merchants?

I am a new DM playing DND 5e. I am curious as to how more experienced DM's handle setting prices for adventuring gear, weapons, and armor. Does the merchant upcharge on their wares? On that note, how ...
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How can I DM with aphantasia?

For those who don't know, aphantasia is a condition where a person basically lacks a mind's eye. As such, I cannot imagine characters or places that I read about, let alone create them in a way that ...
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Newbie DM: How do I keep all the game's information in my head? [duplicate]

Almost every year I have some kind of fever about D&D. I want to start DM'ing this thing. Then I realize how hard it is and give up again. So it's started again... I do have friends that want's to ...
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Keeping things Moving; what to do if they don't know what to do?

I'm preparing to GM my first game of Dungeon World and want to make sure I can keep the flow of the game exciting. The players are new to the system too, though, so I'd like to make sure I have an '...
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New DM running a game with also new players have some questions! [closed]

Me and my siblings(all in our 20s) are going to try and get into DnD. Well more like I'm trying to get into DnD and I'm bringing my siblings into it too. Since I'm the one that's the most into it I ...
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How can I convince my GM to add strength/dex modifiers to damage rolls?

A friend of mine is GMing a group that I am in. He has played once before but is a first time GM, and we are all first time players. While reading about combat after our first session, I learned that ...
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How to head off problem players before they start? [closed]

I am about to embark on my first campaign as a GM (D&D 5e if you think that might be relevant), and I will be leading this game for a whole slew of new players. Most of the players seem great, I ...
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Building Story as a Player

I would like to know how to help a new GM build story as a player. History I am playing a campaign with some friends and our GM is a new GM and we have been playing for about a month now. He has ...
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How do I explain D&D's rules, but you can do whatever you want, to new players?

I recently brought up the fact that I play D&D to a friend, and a few days later he came back to me and said that he wanted to play. I was excited at the idea and said that I would be willing to ...
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How can I handle a disruptive player with thin skin?

My problem is that I have a player who Takes everything that happens to his character personally and then throws tantrums, and Metagames consistently. We run a very homebrew game, all players know ...
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How to play with friends who don't want to read the rules?

I want to play an RPG with my friends. However, they are a bit impatient, and I'd have to wait forever before they'd read the rule-book. I've read it all, because I found it interesting. They kind of ...
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What and How to Prepare In Advance For the Next Session? [duplicate]

So I'm starting a new campaign with a group this week, I'm the DM with 4 PC's (2 are long-time RPers and 2 are fairly new to D&D). I've got notes made for the first session, how the party meets, ...
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Building a History in a Homebrew World [closed]

So I'm creating a homebrew campaign setting for a group I will be DMing. I've used the outside-in approach, so I've created 4 continents, countries within each continent, cities, towns, villages, ...
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Somebody has any GM/PC experience in Harry Potter RPG by Matthew A. Kearns? [closed]

My girlfriend really fun of Harry Potter "universe" and I like it too. She use to ask me to tell her interesting stories since I am a history teacher. I thought it could be much more interesting to ...
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How much detail is enough to start a campaign? [duplicate]

As a new DM and new to the whole pen and paper genre, I am wondering how much detailed should my world be at the beginning of a campaign. For example, if a player wants to create a cleric, I should ...