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Trolls crashing an online-game

The open-for-all on-line play-by-post RPG runs well for about two years. Then, out of nowhere, an army of trolls (the internet version, not the fantasy one) appears (examples defamiliarized): one ...
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How to help engage an ADHD player over Zoom

My wife and I have always played D&D together. It’s my first time DMing a large group of 6, her included. We have newer players who struggle to engage, and tons of new player questions. I’ve seen ...
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How can I reengage in a session when I've disengaged because of ADD?

I'm in an online, voice-only Pathfinder 2e game. I'm having a lot of fun... But when the party gets in discussions about which from among a number of options to take (do we kill the bandit leader? ...
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Are there any challenges during an in-person game that aren’t a factor online?

I have been asked to run a one-shot D&D game by a friend for a certain event. The game will be an in-person session, with everyone physically present, whereas I only have experience running online....
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What information should I give the players for them to draw their map?

I am going to start an online Westmarches-style campaign, using a slightly patched version of Pathfinder 2. I expect the whole adventure to happen on one big island (where the PCs arrive in session 0),...
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How to resolve player confrontation without dice or stats?

I will be running a homebrew RPG. It is going to be a mystery game played over Signal. One day in game will be played over three days in real life. Players are characters in a hotel, they find a ...
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What do you do when one of your players is being difficult?

I am running a campaign and have been for about 5 months now. All of my players are pretty new to D&D. All except one. He is honestly my worst player despite all of his experience. He is ...
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How to approach your DM about an issue?

I'll preface this with a bit of detail about our game. It's all online (thanks, pandemic). We use Discord voice, D&D Beyond, and Roll20. It has been a nice distraction so far. This was my first ...
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What is the optimal breakdown for time the GM and players hold the floor?

One thing I keep on running into while playing or running games online is managing the amount of time the GM and the players have the floor. Anyone have a useful ballpark figure? As a player, I ...
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Can I keep playing a character who annoys other PCs?

Context This question is about an online community campaign. We are around 20 players who play in a persistent universe where anyone can run a game as a GM. The system is Pathfinder 2e and players can ...
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Was I right to leave my rp group after feeling like my player agency was violated? [closed]

I was apart of a discord RP group, but I recently left after this incident. To give some background, I was being repeatedly belittled out of character by other members, and was being made to walk on ...
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How to manage players who stay in the gamemaster mindset when they are players, not GMs?

The situation takes place in an online Pathfinder 2 community. Here everybody has PCs and can play on any session with a level that more or less matches the level of one of his PCs. A handful of those ...
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Player shows up inconsistently

I am a DM running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist (soon to progress to Undermountain). There are three players, I play a generic paladin, and we play via Zoom. One player, however, is inconsistently showing ...
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As a player, how can I avoid stifling new players but also avoid letting things stall?

I have just started a Cyberpunk campaign. 2 of us are experienced RPG-ers, 1 hasn’t played in about 10 years and the other 2 are complete newbies. The GM is not new to RPGs, but is new to Cyberpunk, ...
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Cutting Words timing when playing online

Lore Bard's Cutting Words feature states the following: Also at 3rd level, you learn how to use your wit to distract, confuse, and otherwise sap the confidence and competence of others. When a ...
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As a DM, what changes do I need to make to my preparation when transitioning to online play?

I, like many others, have been forced by the current situation to re-evaluate how my games are played. I current run/play in pathfinder 1e and D&D 5e campaigns that have been played entirely in ...
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Group music/audio/ambience for Roll20 [closed]

So, I don't really like Roll20's audio system and it doesn't really align with the way I DM. I'm looking for a 3rd party application my group can all download while on the Discord call where I can ...
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What are 2 pros and 2 cons of using Roll20? [closed]

Considering the current health concerns we all face these days, I'm looking into virtual tabletop solutions. I've created a Roll20 account and am familiarizing myself with it. However, I'd like to get ...
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Strategies for effectively running a temporary online game

Other questions have done a good job of outlining where to find online players and some of the tools available for ongoing virtual games (Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, etc). Many of those tools have a cost ...
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What challenges might I expect from switching to online DMing from exclusively tabletop? [closed]

Because of COVID-19 our exclusively in-person sessions are going entirely online. We have downloaded roll 20, and we have voice chat, but beyond that we are fish out of water in the new medium. What ...
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How can I learn a large roleplay group's norms?

Well, long story short I recently joined a newly opened living world server for Mage the Ascension, though the system itself feels a bit irrelevant as when this happened the roleplay hadn't started ...
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Audio and video solution with “whisper” support

For our online gaming sessions we use Fantasy Grounds as our virtual table top. We’ve also tried a number of other solutions that work to a certain extent but without fully support all our needs which ...
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How to deal with pace problems?

I'm a player in a pathfinder campaign on Discord with 3 other friends, 2 players (let's call them A and B) and the GM. A little background I'm a very close friends with the others players and the ...
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Where did the writing-focused roleplaying forums go?

Asking on behalf of a friend. She writes: One of my first experiences with text-based roleplaying was on an anime AU (alternate universe) forum. While they accepted people with all levels of literacy,...
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What questions should I ask in player applications?

I will be starting a Pathfinder game on Roll20 though I don't have any experience gamemastering in an online environment. I am going to be putting together an online questionnaire to recruit and ...
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A player's character stole from another PC, leading to a conflict. As a DM, what can I do? [closed]

I am the DM for an online Evil campaign for D&D. The players just found the Book of Vile Darkness however one of my players decided to pickpocket the book from the player who had found it and had ...
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I keep rolling terribly. How can I keep playing this character and have fun, despite my luck?

I've always wanted to play D&D before, and recently I finally found an online play-by-chat group I can play with regularly. I spent a lot of time chatting with them and building up a fun noble ...
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How can I tell someone a character is taken? [closed]

I’m really bad at turning people down. In a role play I’m hosting, someone asked to be a character that’s already taken. How do I nicely let them know the character is taken?
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How to keep a good pace, and keep people drawn in

I am managing an online roleplay, and I am basically the do all. I've written and update lore, I narrate action and sequences, and I manage the Discord Server that we use. I also have a small team of ...
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How can I better prepare my players for roleplaying online?

I tried switching a game from in person to online a few months back playing mainly via discord (due to poor internet connections, otherwise we would have used video) with Roll20 for visuals. I was ...
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How can I interest a player in playing online?

My good friends and I live a good ways apart from each other (8 hour drive). About a year ago couple of them came out to visit and I ran a few sessions of a Star Wars RPG for them. They went home but ...
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Online play: How to keep the group focused?

I'm the default GM for a group of friends who have been - in some constellation or another - playing together through two major campaigns and various shorter ones over the past decades (plural). ...
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How to arrange an Epic in a Discord based community?

After a few months organizing an Adventurers League in a Discord community, we are now discussing about the possibility of setting up an Epic session. We know that it is supposed to be a live event, ...
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Dice Rolls for PBEMs [closed]

Is there an online dice roller that has some kind of confirmation mechanism so it can be used by forum/PBEM games? For example? Bob: "I kick open the door" MC: Roll here [gives link] Bob: [...
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How can I get my long-distance friend to share a VTT with me when they have only an Android phone and I have only a laptop?

I have a friend I want to run a campaign for online. I'd like to use a virtual table-top (VTT) to facilitate play, but I can't get anything to run on my PC that runs on their Android phone and vice ...
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Efficient way to communicate/track healing between combat?

I'm looking for a specific, tried and true, method to spend less table time when my groups need to heal up between encounters. My specific situation is online (Roll20) Pathfinder games, so Channel ...
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Problematic Players help (1/3); Newbie Declaring Solo

This is part 1 of a 3 part question: Part 2 is here Part 3 is here I'm a GM for 5e, running an online game. Most of the players are brand new to the game, and partially because of that, I've picked ...
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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 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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Can RPGs be played "offline" or "asynchronously"? [closed]

Is it possible to play RPGs without all the players meeting physically, or even playing at the same time? For example, the GM might provide a description of where the players are and then the players ...
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As a player, is Player's Basic Rules sufficient in order to play the game with other players online?

I'm looking to get into Dungeons & Dragons 5e and playing with other players online through roll20.net and other sites, but I wonder if Player's Basic Rules will be sufficient for me in order not ...
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Can you effectively run a RPG session using Tabletop Simulator?

Can Tabletop Simulator be used to play an RPG? I have seen videos showing that it could be possible to play games like this, but I have never seen someone play an actual game. What are the pros and ...
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How can I manage a party that has grown too big?

I always wanted to try playing D&D and recently got a group of friends together to play online with on Roll20. No-one in the group has any experience playing D&D or any tabletop RPG before. ...
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DM Sees no reason to switch online voice chat platforms

Whenever our party cannot meet in person, our DM will schedule an online session to fit our schedules. We use a web based software, with less than stellar voice chat built in. Sometimes you cannot ...
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How do you better keep track of enemy abilities and tactics during combat?

Recently, I was trying to follow my own advice and run a very difficult combat encounter that involved varied terrain, non-standard situations, and a decent number of enemies and enemy types. I ...
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How to play when you have little experience and speech difficulties?

I can't talk, not a word, but I am really interested in getting into tabletop RPGs. But from my understanding of the game, this is difficult to do when you can't talk. I am learning sign language but ...
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How to facilitate equal speaking opportunity in a voice-only online game

New GM to two players, both with limited D&D experience (we're playing 5e). We're all well versed in written roleplay, but theater and acting doesn't come overly naturally to any of us. Add in the ...
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How do we attract playtesters for our online superhero game platform?

My friend and I are building a CMS specifically designed for online roleplaying. For the playtest we are using it to run a superheroes-themed game. We've built in-site tools to help making posting and ...
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Percentage of played game sessions by RPG?

A few months ago, I saw a pie chart with the percentages of games played on Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds (a virtual tabletop system), with a count of sessions played per RPG. Does anyone know a source ...
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How do I ensure my online Adventure League character(s) stay legal?

I am currently playing in the DDAL05 (Dungeons and Dragons Adventure League Season 5 I believe) that takes place along side the Storm King's Thunder hard cover adventure. This is my first foray into ...
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