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Questions tagged [new-players]

For questions about players being new to a specific system or to RPGs in general. Not for just indicating that the person asking is a new player.

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Which books do I need in order to run a Starfinder game?

I recently got me the core rule book of Starfinder and I really love the setting and the rules. I want to run a Starfinder game but I don't exactly know which books I need or where to start exactly. ...
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Is it feasible to let a newcomer play the “Gandalf”-like figure I created for my campaign?

I'm writing and DMing a campaign based around members of a nonprofit organization in a province of a decaying empire undergoing a civil war. The premise The player characters are new members of the ...
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What method can I use to properly set expectations for a group of new players with a history in cRPGs?

Background I have played most cRPGs on the market, but have never player a TTRPG before. I've been reading and watching a lot about D&D 5e for quite some time now, so I think I have a decent ...
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How can I, as DM, deal with an attention-grabbing player, and a group who can't speak up?

I'm running a campaign of D&D 5e with a few friends of mine, all of us being first timers in the genre. We play online, since some of us live too spread-out to meet regularly. We are about to hit ...
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How do I deal with a powergamer in a game full of beginners in a school club?

I am the DM for a group of players, 4 of which are very new to the game, and one of which is a very experienced player. I have run into a problem now where the experienced player is effectively ...
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How do I get my players to engage with the game better?

I've got a group of 5 players that have split broadly into 2 camps. Either, they're actively engaging with the game (LE Warlock and CG Ranger have formed a frenimies pairing and actively engage in ...
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Worried first time DM/general player of DnD seeking advice! [duplicate]

I need whatever help I can get with my first ever DnD session! To be honest, I have little to no experience with roleplaying games. I used to roleplay with my friends, but I wouldn't consider that ...
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Does limiting the number of sources help simplify the game for a new DM with new and experienced players?

I still consider myself pretty new as a GM. I have been running D&D 5e for about three years now (not regularly which is why I would say still newish). I am about to embark on a campaign with some ...
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How do I introduce refreshment scenes to my players?

I'm about to introduce my friends to the game Lady Blackbird, which I've never played before (PDF link to system). I'm the GM of the upcoming game. The game has a rule allowing a character to have a ...
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Am I acting unreasonably or do I rein in my players?

I'm a very new but very eager DM. Me and my friends have long been wanting to play and as always we had no DM so I took up the reins. My players are very extremely creative and I want them to be able ...
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How does GMing a game for middle-schoolers differ from older and younger players?

My daughter has asked me to GM a D&D5e game for her and her friends, who are all aged 13-15 years of age. In the US this puts them in middle school, an age of interesting transitions. With ...
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First time PCs and Information Gathering - should we have done more?

My party and I are all beginners in the RP world. We've started playing vanilla Pathfinder a while ago, and have come across some issues with gameplay. Our DM, who's also relatively new, has been ...
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Encouraging piety in classes besides Paladin/Cleric [closed]

As a DM who has almost always played with inexperienced or casual players, I find many or most of those players trend towards homogeneity. They choose a patron deity and alignment when they roll up, ...
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What books are needed to play D&D? [duplicate]

I am new to D&D and haven't even played the game. In fact, I haven't bought anything at all! If I were to buy the newest D&D starter set (the one with the green dragon on the front, I think ...
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Is a DM supposed to be against the party? [closed]

I'm a really really new player. Is it good etiquette for a DM to get upset that you're killing or beating their encounter? A guy said he would DM for us in a one-shot. Before we ever started he ...
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How can I explain how to play D&D to new players without them falling asleep from boredom?

Some of my friends just started playing Dungeons & Dragons [5e] for the first time and don't know anything about how to play. I have tried explaining to them the things that are completely ...
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Advice on TWO troublesome players and their characters

Background Myself and a group of 4 friends have started playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. Everyone is a first time player and the DM is a first time DM. Both myself and the DM watch D&D ...
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When my players don't think at all, what should I do? [closed]

I have a very strange party of players. It's not their characters, but my friends themselves. They seem to want the Hobbit but with no deaths, lots of XP at level 1, weak and slow zombies, and ...
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What can I do to help the players remember the rules?

I have a group of players that I have been playing with for a while now. A couple of them have never played before so I understand that they will likely not remember a ton of the rules. I've DMed for ...
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Can a Paladin, Sorcerer, Wizard, and two Druids handle Storm King’s Thunder? [closed]

I’m somewhat new to D&D and so is the group I’m in. We’re gonna start playing Storm King’s Thunder soon, and I was wondering if we’re gonna have any trouble with our party. We have myself as a ...
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I have a problem incorporating a player with ADHD [duplicate]

There's a kid in my High School D&D group with A.D.H.D and he has a lot of trouble sitting still and distracts the other players. He's having a lot of fun goofing off, and doesn't seem very ...
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Is it normal for my players to be this casual about the game? [closed]

I'm a new DM and I'm running a group of new players. We're a pretty casual group and they haven't bought books or dice, and aren't very invested in the game. Is that normal? How much should I ask of ...
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Should I allow players to recreate the exact same character if they die? [closed]

I'm a fairly new DM playing the 5e Starter Set campaign, Lost Mine of Phandelver, with a completely new group of 3 players. I know the players well and like most players they're attached to their ...
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How to find a tabletop RPG group open to newbies in France? [duplicate]

I would like to try out tabletop RPG games but don't know how to find a group. Is there an usual way to find other players? Especially ones who would accept a complete newcomer to join ? I tried ...
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How can I make my players realize that if they use their consumables, I will get them to easily replace them?

I have recently started running a game of Pathfinder for a bunch of friends who hadn't played tabletop games before. H The problem They never use the scrolls or potions I give them, thinking that ...
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Is my Warlock useless to the group now that we have a wizard with Eldritch Blast and two Bards who focus on utility?

Recently the other players in my group got tired of their characters; now they've turned up with new ones and I'm worried that my Warlock has nothing to add to the group anymore. My Character ...
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Handling character death with new players involved?

I'm planning to DM a D&D one-shot to get my friend group into D&D. Since they're new, I want them to be able to really have fun with this, and I think dying in D&D can really turn a newer ...
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Starting out with D&D from complete scratch [duplicate]

I'm currently planning to get myself and three other friends into D&D, so I'm looking for tips on starting out from scratch. To be clear, by from scratch I mean I don't have any dice, any ...
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I'm pretty new to d&d [duplicate]

I always wanted to play D&D but i was always "friendless" amd live in a very urban area where no one plays i learn better if others teach me are there any videos that anyone could suggest that is ...
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How do I avoid being and feeling useless as a player new to D&D combat?

I tried playing D&D 4th edition a few years ago. While I enjoyed it, this particular thing put me off. I didn't know about this SE at the time, so I couldn't ask this. Events in this question are ...
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How to deal with a player who refuses to learn the description of their spells and abilities?

I am currently running Lost Mines of Phandelver for a fluid group of about 10 people. We play once a week and on a given night 4-6 people will show up. We've been doing this for 4 months now. I have ...
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Stopping Each Player From Rolling Every Check? [duplicate]

This is a problem that many a DM has faced, but only one I've run aground of recently. I'm running a campaign with a group of fairly new gamers, and as such they are playing to win. And I mean win at ...
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Should a DM disclose Armor Class or other NPC/monster information during encounters? [closed]

A neighbor and I are trying to get our kids (3 children, ages 10-13) into playing D&D. We started the Lost Mines of Phandelver campaign, which was OK for a certain amount of time, but it became ...
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How can we kick our novice roleplayer out of the group for being a poor match, without alienating them from the hobby?

I have someone in my group who is completely new to the hobby. We are now 12 sessions in, and I will most likely need to remove them from the group: Our play styles don't match, and the rest of the ...
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Am I understanding the proficiency system correctly? [closed]

My DM is a DM that mainly cares about making sure we are understanding the game and having fun, so he let me be a griffin. I'm a level 2 wizard and level 2 thief. The DM says at my level I should ...
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What is this ? What is “”role-playing game" and which are the most famous/representative ones? [duplicate]

I arrived here following a totally irrelevant question/link. What is this? What is "role-playing game"?.. I realise it is a "game" where people play some "role", but what does this mean? Which are the ...
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Can a raging barbarian carry live rabbits to kill them, in order to keep his rage going?

One of my players, a human barbarian, came up with the idea of carrying captured rabbits, feeding them and treating them nicely, so that he can rip them apart mid-battle if he knows he will be unable ...
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How should I start playing and running Role-playing games [duplicate]

I want to start playing Role-playing games, so how should I start playing and running Role-playing games? Thanks In Advance!
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Finding Play Testers [duplicate]

Any advice on communities or forums where I can find play testers for a new tabletop role play game? It's designed for casual players to game together virtually. So imagine pen & pen style RPG ...
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How can I help my players to create their characters?

Meta context I was originally answering this question: How do I create a D&D character correctly as a total newbie? I decided to answer it, since I have been through helping the new players alot, ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

I've been asked to run an adventure for my girlfriend and daughter (7). What's the least complicated class she could easily get to grips with? Is there a generally considered easy starter class? ...
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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 to retain a player who resents another player?

I am asking this question because I don't think it has been answered by any of the linked questions, and I am on the verge of losing the player in question. How to deal with anti-authoritarian player ...
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Giving character hints to players

I've been running games for some friends who had no prior experience in D&D (any edition). One issue I've encountered is people simply not knowing they can do something. Being used to other game ...
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Starting a D&D game with no experience as a DM or a player [duplicate]

So I'd like to start a D&D 5E game with my friends via discord and Roll20. The problem however is that altough I have watched a lot of D&D, I nor my players (except 1) actually have ever ...
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Giving a mechanical penalty to traumatized character [closed]

I'm currently DMing a campaign with a time loop, and to keep players from charging around willy nilly I'm going to implement penalties for getting themselves killed in awful ways. In our last session ...
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New lvl 5 player to kit out

I temp geared a lvl5 orc knight with a shatterspike and a magical spiked shield from the MIC. It soaks his about 9k wealth limit, but not really what he wants (he wanted to play an orc knight and all ...
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How to keep a player who wasn't at the previous session from derailing the current session

TL;DR: How, as a player, can I prevent another player from derailing an encounter that started while his character was on autopilot because the player wasn't there? Longer story: I am a player in a ...
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Does the GM or Players move the session?

Last sunday I experienced my first session playing a TRPG (D&D 5e Curse of Strahd), and after think about the session I found something that I didn't understand exactly. The session started ...
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Quick in-session character generation without using pre-generated ones

I'm surprised that there haven't been any questions regarding this, leading me to believe my situation is unique. I have 3 players who are extremely interested in trying D&D 5e out. They love ...