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What do I do if my group isn't gelling?

It's my first time playing D&D with a bunch of other first-timers (using the starter kit). One of the players is steamrolling over other players and his character is insufferable. What do I do if ...
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What feats would work well for my character and the campaign if the goal is to guide new players to have fun? [closed]

I'm playing a chaotic good Path of the Giant fairy barbarian, and we're level 3 right now. I was wondering about whether I should take a feat or an ability score increase when we level up, since there ...
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New players' characters are not adventurous and are often insulting

I'm a new GM with new players and we are having some friction in our game that I would like some ideas for reducing. We have finished Lost Mines of Phandelver, tried a side quest that didn't go well, ...
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I'm at a loss with “Dungeons and Dragons.” How does one play it, anyway?

I'm no gamer at all, so this could be like a very silly, basic question for you guys. The thing is that I always read about "Dungeons and Dragons" game (not the video game, but the normal game to play ...
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How do I teach people the combat system from Burning Wheel?

This last week I ran a demo scenario (The Sword) for burning wheel and failed horribly, not least because no-one could understand the combat mechanics. Can someone provide a script which can ...
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Should my players fill out their character sheets during a tutorial session?

I am starting a new dnd 5e group, and all the players have never played before. I did session zero, it all went well, but I think they were overwhelmed by the amount of information. I asked them for ...
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Are the Starter Set rules compatible with the regular D&D 5e rules?

Are the rules in the Player's Handbook different from the Starter Set rules or just more expanded? Can you carry your level 5 character created from the Starter Set forward into "regular" play?
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What do I need to run a D&D 5E campaign?

I have GM'd several RPGs before that are not D&D (Fate, Deathwatch, Star Wars). We first tried to play D&D using the 3.5 edition and it went horribly — too many books and too many options with ...
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How can i play D&D and enjoy it with my dad? [closed]

Good afternoon, i apologize if the question has already been asked or is not a valid question, but i would like to ask for tips and maybe if it's possible to know like servers/chats or places where ...
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Which D&D edition is good for newbies? [closed]

I'm totally new to D&D, having only played 2 games, neither of which I GM'd, one being 3.5, the other being heavily home brewed version of 3.5. I want to GM a game. I have a group ready, but I was ...
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Is it worth teaching ourselves D&D with the Starter Set, or better to join an existing group?

I'm new to playing D&D and RPGs in general, and I have a group that's unsure about the game. Is the new Starter Set (5th edition) a good way to start? Is it even worth the cost when there are ...
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Creating the personality of a character different from myself

I am a newbie in playing role-playing games, and after several games, I've come to the conclusion that character personality creation poses a bit of a problem for me. I mostly tend to create and ...
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How can I find other RPG players?

I'd really like to learn how to play pen-and-paper RPGs. I know that it takes a few players to actually sit down and play, but I'm not at all sure where to find more gamers. How do I find existing ...
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Can I begin roleplaying if I'm visually impaired?

I've been reading about RPGs for a long time, and I'm extremely interested in trying it... But I'm afraid to start because I'm visually impaired and have to use a screen reader to navigate a screen. ...
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I'm new to D&D: where to begin?

I'm extremely new to Dungeons and Dragons and I have no idea where to start. I currently do not own any of the books or materials but really would like to get into the game. How does one start ...
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Looking for a DM solution to a Squishy group

I've been playing tabletop RPGs for a while off and on, only a little as a DM, but I get the basics of it. I've convinced some of my immediate and extended family (most of whom are NOT gamers, let ...
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Is there a simple player reference for Pathfinder? [closed]

I've got a few new players wanting to try out Pathfinder, so thought I would run the Rise of the Runelords adventure to ease them into it. To help, I'd like to give them a simple double-sided ...
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How long does it typically take to complete a campaign?

Background: I'm new to tabletop role-playing games, with D&D Next being my first. I like the idea of tabletop role-playing and thought I'd give it a try. The group on average meets about 3 times a ...
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Are the Basic Rules PDFs enough to get into D&D, or do I need the Player's Handbook?

I'm looking into getting into D&D as a player. Is the free Basic Rules they supply on their website enough for a player to start, or should I just buy the Player's Handbook?
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Player wants to play a Stock broker / Trader. How do I Implement a lightweight trading system?

Prelude: Starting an Eberron campaign. I've got a player who is new to D&D. He has asked me if he could play a Broker/Trader in my campaign. I've outlined to him that while D&D focuses on both ...
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Dungeon World: Can 1 GM and 2 players work?

I really would love to play Dungeon World but I have very small group, me and 2 others. That's 3 people in total. So, one game master, me, which I'm perfectly happy with, and 2 players. Is this ...
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How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs?

I grew up playing and DMing AD&D 1st edition. Have played a few other systems like Paranoia but really know the AD&D system well enough to not spend time constantly looking up rules. Do you ...
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Making it more convenient for new players to pick spells in 5e

I am a fairly new DM and I have a group of new players. The campaign is going well and everyone seems to be having fun so far. One of the players plays a sorcerer, however, which means that he has to ...
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Running a oneshot for a group with no TTRPG experience

I'm running a short Pathfinder session for a group that is interested in TTRPGs but has no prior experience in it. What may be some particular issues that I should keep in mind, specifically for a ...
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Where can I find the basic rules for D&D?

I’ve never played D&D before and I don’t know anyone who does. I want to get into it but I can’t figure out where to find the rules I need. Is there a free version of the rules that I can learn ...
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How do I help a player terrified of their character dying in combat?

Relatively new DM with a group of 5 players (some with ttrpg experience, some not) through a twist on the essentials kit module. One absolute first time player is running a 3rd level rogue with low HP ...
61 votes
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Need out-of-game solution for spell choice paralysis

I could really use some advice from someone with experience with new players dealing with D&D spell analysis paralysis. I'm about to kick off a second D&D 5e campaign for a set of friends ...
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11 answers
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How should I introduce map drawing to my players?

I DMed my first session last week. We are playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure from the D&D 5e Starter Set. My players haven't yet entered the first "dungeon" but will likely do ...
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As a PC, which creatures should I attack first? [closed]

Specifically when you’re engaged in an encounter that includes some clearly larger threats and clearly weaker threats, which creatures should I attack first? Does it make the most sense to focus your ...
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Which is better for new players of D&D 5e, starting them on a module or homebrew? [closed]

Almost all my experience in table top RPG's involves the same group of people. When a newcomer joined our table, we all coached them and taught them the sandbox approach to playing using our homebrew ...
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What are the most important errata for a new D&D 4E group?

I plan to start a new D&D 4E game soon. None of us have played before, and we'll be starting at level 1. Are there any important errata that I should know about and inform my players? I know there ...
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What resources are really needed to start 5e?

I have no D&D/RPG experience at all (although I've read this site extensively) so I'm starting from scratch. I was planning on buying the PHB, the starter set, and extra dice. Including the ...
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How to pick a name for a Dungeons & Dragons character

I'm starting to create a character in Dungeons & Dragons. Is there a set of rules or standards, or any references or fashion, on creating a character's name? For example, on D&D Beyond, it ...
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What adventures focus on courtly intrigue and social conflict instead of combat? [closed]

My wife bought me the Dungeons & Dragons 4e Player's Handbook for my birthday, and we've been talking about playing it. She has experience with video games: we've always played video games, and ...
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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 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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Is the Artificer friendly to new players?

I have a friend who's interested in D&D and is coming from a background in 40k and Star Wars Armada. Given the difference in types of games, I worry about them being bogged down and overwhelmed. ...
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I've felt "attacked" OOC because of IC character events. Did I deserve it? [closed]

When I was in college I had my first chance to play some TRPG. I played half-a-dozen one shot there but then I dropped out and when I enrolled again I couldn't find another group. Now, years after ...
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How can I convince new players to read and learn the basic rules before sitting down to play?

Everyone in this story works mostly together. Some work friends and my wife were talking about playing D&D, and I was appointed the DM. I've played the game once 20 years ago, so I've spent the ...
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How can I encourage my players to learn the rules themselves? [duplicate]

Background: I have been DM'ing a table for close to a year where we play around 3 times a month. The majority of my players are new to role-playing games and DnD 5th edition. All of them came to me ...
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How do you teach someone else how to play D&D?

Someone I know recently expressed interest in playing D&D. This came at the perfect time because I and some other friends were about to start a D&D 5e game. The problem is, I don't know how to ...
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Should I buy one of the starter sets, or the core books? [duplicate]

I am a new d&d player, who has some research into d&d. I have decided to try it out, but I don't know which one to buy. (I'm deciding to become a dm for the sake of the new players) Should I ...
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How to make a guest feel comfortable and welcome in a session?

I am currently DMing for a group of 5 players. A friend of some of the players is very interested in learning about the game. I have decided to let her play an NPC in one of the upcoming sessions, to ...
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What is a good starter set or in general, items to have for a DND campaign? [duplicate]

I’m asking this so I can start a dnd session with some friends of mine, I already have the Mines of Phandelver starter pack with the character sheets and lore of the story, it there anything else I ...
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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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I am new to dnd, what are the main rules? [duplicate]

I am new to Dungeons and Dragons. I've heard a lot about it, briefly played it, and know almost nothing about it. Can anyone help me out, want to play, and/or teach me how to play? My discord is on my ...
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What's a good build for a goliath sniper in Dragonlance?

I'm new to dnd-3.5e, and I'd like my PC to be a goliath sniper. I'd like to optimize my PC for dealing damage at long range. Spotting things far away and being able to hide I assume are kind of ...
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New girl gamer in our D&D group is causing weird tension - what to do?

I'm concerned because a new player just joined our D&D 5e group and is super flirty with all the male players (both in person and as her character - she's a bard). And the problem is that she's ...
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Is there a summary of Nobilis 3rd edition rules for new players?

I want to start a game of Nobilis, but the 3rd edition book is huge (more than 300 pages) and I clearly can't ask my players to read it, even only the rules chapters. I found What are the basics of ...

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