Questions tagged [new-players]

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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 the ...
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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 ...
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Tips on roleplaying a barbarian who is unable to control when to rage [closed]

So, I met with my DM and made my very first character. Basically a barbarian who is unable to control when or at whom he rages, and whose rage is triggered by suffering enough pain or seeing himself ...
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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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What should I have my players read before our first session ever?

Our background: I've wanted to play an RPG for several years, and I'm finally going to get to schoolmates friends of mine together for about 5-6 hours to try out Dungeon world. Originally I was ...
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How to deal with a know-it-all player in a Second Life–based freeform RPG?

I'm a first time poster on this stack but have been using it to help out with some online text-based RP. A new player in our Second Life roleplay group is coming in fresh to the online world. He is a ...
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How to explain Nobilis to new players?

I want to try running a game of Nobilis but just character creation takes hours and the system itself is extremely different than what my friends are used to playing. (They tend to either play D&D ...
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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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I want to get into D&D with a bunch of beginner friends, (me included) but I don't know/understand a lot of aspects of the game [duplicate]

This is for 5e, I need an explanation of progression, skills, and stats, and how they all work. This might be a heavy question, so if there's a simple book that explains this stuff, I'd like to know ...
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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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How to make character creation quick, interactive, and fun?

I am playing DnD in weekly 1 hour 15 minute sessions, with the first session focusing on the basics of the game. By the end of the second session, all 7 players (most of whom are new) should have ...
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Searching for a DM to help new players [duplicate]

Admin, if this is a post considered to be not allowed, then please forgive me and relocate. My wife and I are interested in trying D&D. I have had interest for a long time, but since I come from ...
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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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What does a +20 modifier look like? Explaining to non-role players [closed]

I am currently writing a blog post on a statistics blog based on alternative dice mechanics for DnD type games (basically anything where you roll a d20 and add a modifier). Specifically, I am looking ...
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How do I rein in a player who talks over my descriptions?

I am a new DM (although I have played D&D before), and I was very excited to play with my friends, but as we started playing I realized there would be a problem. As I would describe either ...
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How does ability score improvement work between race and class?

I have played D&D only once as a guest in a campaign, so I have little to almost no experience. I am now in a new group, and am one of the two players that have played before. So between the new ...
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Do Warlocks have the inital cantrips + 2 cantrips from the pacts at lvl 1?

It says that I know 2 cantrips, because of the pact, but it isn't clear whether it's the 2 cantrips that you choose at level 1, or if I have +2 cantrips of my choice because of the pact. Sorry for ...
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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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