Questions tagged [new-players]

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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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Help Running a 5e Wilderness Trek (Hour-by-Hour) [closed]

So I will be DMing D&D 5e for the first time with a couple of friends (who will also be playing D&D for the first time), so I created a simple homebrew adventure. It's a Point A to Point B ...
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Balancing a campaign for newbie and veteran players alike [closed]

So I'm running my first custom world campaign. This will be the first full campaign I've run, and I'm a little nervous. The party consists of 4 complete newbies, and my partner who's a veteran ...
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What Is the best way for a new player to get started? [duplicate]

I am new to the RPG world. How does one finds a group that is willing to work with new players? What's the best area to start in? Any advice would be great.
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How to get new players into a convoluted homebrew system?

I included relevant background to illustrate how convoluted the system can become, skip to the bottom if you just want to see the question. I've gone off the deep end and broke everything by making a ...
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How can I help inexperienced LARP crew to speak confidently?

I've been crewing as part of a particular LARP system for a while now. The roles I play are almost invariably handed to me. I'll frequently have a short brief and 5 minutes of prep before it's ...
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I saved my players from a tough battle, what now?

In my last game my players were almost overwhelmed and I saved them, with a NPC joining the battle. My players were bummed out after the fight and had a heated discussion about the fight. How can I ...
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New player decision paralysis

I'm introducing a new player to RPGs. She struggles to put herself in the mindset of her character and make the decisions the character would make, which is the essence of role-playing. She can ...
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How to increase new player retention?

I have recently tried helping my DM organize a campaign. It isn't going well. We've had one session thus far, and players are really being flakey, and using their social loafing skills religiously. ...
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How can I improve suggesting classes to new players?

I end up DMing for a lot of people who have never seen an icosahedron prior to meeting me. I often run short games just to introduce them to the hobby and in these games, it is likely that I am the ...
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How to learn how to play Shadowrun 5e?

I have recently bought the Shadowrun 5e Core Rulebook, because I like the setting and would like to start a campaign with a few friends — each of who have experience with Tabletop RPGs in general, but ...
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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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How to handle a newer player who thinks you can't be a jerk when doing a good deed?

One of my players seems to have the impression that you can't be a jerk if you are doing a good deed. How should I address it? For example, when pursuing one of his character's motivations, earning ...
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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 do I get my players to be more decisive and take the initiative?

I've been running HotDQ with a group of people for about 9 months now (about 20 sessions; we're on Ep 6.) My current frustration is that things go along OK as long as I'm narrating and asking ...
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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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Keeping it simple for new players

I've been DMing for a couple of years, and I have this recurrent problem. My players are now quite experienced, they know the rules, they know how to play. But every once in a while, we invite someone ...
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How do we set maximum HP for each character?

I'm with a very new group to D&D and we have the Starter Set for 5th edition and we don't really know how to set the character's health up. Where do I find the numbers/the procedure?
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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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Playing InSpectres with very small groups

How small of a group can effectively play InSpectres and still get into the mode of the game, especially if the participants aren't familiar with the system yet? I'm particularly concerned about how ...
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Encouraging new player who is being passive because she is struggling with her character class?

In asking this question Depowering a high AC PC without killing the rest of the group I realized that one of the problems of my setting is, that characters are not playing up to their full potential. ...
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What GM preparation would help with a first try at Valiant Universe RPG?

I'm planning on getting a new group together to try out Valiant RPG. This is a new system to me, and a new group of players, plus I'm used to the model "1 GM, many players" so the rotating GM style ...
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How can I Improve gameplay for new players, as a new player? [closed]

I have a group of players who are want to play dungeons and dragons, but (Like me) they are completely new. We had our first game from the starter pack today. Allow me to describe what happened to ...
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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 much, if at all, should a DM coach new players on basics?

As DM, how much should I coach a party (composed entirely of brand new players) to consider things like assigning someone to stand watch while the party sleeps, covering/hiding provisions, recovering ...
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Animated armor homebrew PC for newbie game [closed]

My friends and I are starting the basic starter set but I am very uninterested in the races. If I used the animated armor race would I mess up the game and make things a lot more complex? We are doing ...
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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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Encouraging a shy player to immerse themselves and play their characters

I've been struggling to find various ways to help one of my players immerse themselves more into their character and the world at large. A little bit of background, I'm running DnD 5e, and this is my ...
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Teaching Microscope: How to tell players they can't do something?

Recently I was teaching Microscope to some players, having only played a couple of times previously myself, and I felt stuck during the 'First Pass' phase of the game setup. Specifically, during the ...
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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 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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As the only player with prior knowlege in an otherwise new group, should I be the DM or a player? [closed]

I'm going to be participating in a game with a group of people looking to play 5th ed online. (probably using Tabletop Simulator or Roll20) I'm the only person in this group who has played D&D ...
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Give your players characters to play or let them decide for themselves? [closed]

I am starting out as a DM in my third D&D game (first as a DM), and during my time making a world and an adventurer I found out that the characters playing your game (ingame characters of the ...
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How can I prevent players ruining immersion?

Me and some friends are thinking of starting a D&D adventure, the problem is some of my friends already played D&D and some didn't... I will not be the DM (one of the experienced players will ...
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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 help players learn to tell apart the standard polyhedral dice?

We've all been newcomers to tabletop gaming at some point and had to learn for the first time which die was which. I vividly recall the first request for me to roll a 'percentile' and blankly staring ...
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How to ease new players into taking the game seriously?

I was a player in a group that all took things seriously and roleplayed our characters to the best of our ability. That group unfortunately fell apart and I've started up a new game with a different ...
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What are the most essential rules in D&D 5e? [closed]

I want to create a quick reference sheet for new players in my D&D 5e campaign. Sessions include an even mix of combat, exploration, and social situations, so the sheet should ideally deal with ...
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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 should I choose a 5e adventure for a group of new players?

I'm thinking about taking a turn as DM after one of my current games wraps up next week. When we start, the various players will have had 0-4 sessions of experience with 5e, though some have played ...
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How much do players need to know before a campaign [closed]

My friends and I are soon going to start a short campaign. The DM is wondering how much information he should give us at the start. Any tips? We are pretty new to DnD.
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How to handle players who make unmotivated characters

I'm a relatively new GM, and I'm having trouble getting my (also new) players to create motivated characters. I don't mean that the players themselves are unmotivated, but the characters they create ...

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