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Questions tagged [party]

For questions about composition or interplay of a character party in-game. For questions about interactions between the players at the table instead, use the [group-dynamics] tag.

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How can my new character avoid being a role-playing handicap to the party? [closed]

I play D&D-5e online on Roll 20 with a friend and some of his friends. Background Recently in the campaign, a member of our party (neutral alignment) (ab)used his position of power among ...
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Can I be a Circle of the Moon druid and still be the only healer of the party?

I'm in a party of 5 others + me, with a rogue, ranger, paladin, warlock, and fighter. I love being a Circle of the Moon druid, but also I feel the obligation to fill the healer role (a bit of ...
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How many characters using PHB rules does it take to be able to have access to any PHB spell at the start of an adventuring day?

I originally read this related question as wanting to find out how to have a party with access to every spell during an adventuring day with as few members as possible. It turned out that the linked ...
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Which classes are needed to have access to every spell in the PHB?

If a party wanted access to every spell in the PHB, what is the minimum number of PCs needed and which classes would those PCs need to be? To clarify, I mean the potential to choose from all spells ...
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Is this party balanced [closed]

So I have a party consisting of the following characters Variant Human Battlemaster Fighter (Urchin Background) (Archery Fighting style) Variant Human Abjuration Wizard (Sage Background) Half Elf ...
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Supporting role: Group efficiency vs Table “fun balancing” [closed]

I'm playing a cleric in a 4-player group along with a paladin, a warlock/bladesinger melee multiclass, and a rogue. The paladin is level 5 and the rest of us are level 4. The table uses stat rolling ...
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How can I play a serial killer in a party of good PCs?

A character of mine has died in a game - the "do no harm, break no law" type of paladin - and I wanted to switch it up. I want to play a serial killer type, who believes what he's doing is not wrong, ...
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Is a multi-guild party manageable?

I'm trying to write a campaign in D&D 5e, using the Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica in order to appeal to my players. (They really love MTG, and the VTM-y feel of the book.) Sadly, they don't want ...
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Will it cause problems in a campaign if everyone in the party has the same high stats and the same low stats?

My friends and I have made a campaign and intend to start soon but everyone has been instructed to make their characters in advance which we are sharing with each other on D&D Beyond. We are ...
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How can I prevent one character from leaving the group to do his own thing?

I have recently made a rather epic story for my players to play though. (In the sense of a long overarching story). I have been running for a few sessions but a particular player is constantly trying ...
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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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How can I play a supportive-style Polearm Master Fighter?

This is a follow up to this question. I will start with the party context: We are playing Princes of the Apocalypse in a huge party, composed of: Tiefling Sorcerer, Human Dual-Wielder Ranger, High Elf ...
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A player is unhappy that people are playing the same class. Did I do something wrong?

How do I deal with people choosing the same class? Can people do it? I have one player who doesn’t think so and is really unhappy about it and is telling me I have to figure out why they should care ...
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How to run a diverse campaign without a magic user [closed]

So right now the party I'm going to GM for wants to be 3 Soldiers (vesk, orc, android; sniper, ?, armor storm) and 1 operative (vesk; ghost). No one wants to be a caster. They're pretty deadset on ...
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How to avoid favoritism when only one PC pulls on plot hooks?

I've been DMing a campaign for a while, and it has gone great. Unfortunately, I've noticed a trend in my style that I'm struggling to nip in the bud. The whole party works together rather cohesively,...
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Is not helping a dying PC party member a bad thing? [closed]

One of our PCs was down and "bleeding out". It was my turn and no enemies were left alive, I chose not to help my party member due to me believing that my character doesn't care enough due to his past ...
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I feel like my PC isn't important in a campaign

I've been playing in this campaign for a while and have been in the spotlight quite a few times, but I feel like the DM is prioritizing 2 PCs over mine. The group: It fluctuates since this is a ...
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How to Handle Plot Based Party Divisions [closed]

I'm participating in a Pathfinder campaign that started with four characters: A, a utility mage arcanist (played by myself) that will eventually take item creation feats B, a tanky melee fighter that ...
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Is there always a “designated” person to lead/move the party?

After have played only a few session (actually 5 sessions of 2-4 hours) I've noticed something that I found quite strange. In our group we are 4 players: I (Newbie), A (Experienced), B (Newbie like me)...
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How can I “unify” a party mid-campaign?

In the beginning of our Pathfinder campaign set in Eberron, I used two gimmicks to bring the party together: An afternoon train wreck with a zombie attack that night, forcing everyone (players and ...
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How do I keep a party together without railroading?

Our campaign is off and running and is going really well. This is a large party, 8 in all. Things were going great until they got to one of the main cities. Since they've entered, they've been given ...
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How to handle levels when adding PCs between Lost Mine of Phandelver and Storm King's Thunder?

(If it's not obvious from the title, answers to this may have Storm King's Thunder spoilers, and possibly a couple Lost Mine of Phandelver spoilers.) Some background My regular playgroup consists of ...
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How can I keep a game running smoothly when two of my players decided to pick the same class?

I'm DMing a game in 5th edition for a group of people whose experiences in D&D range from "zero" to "very little." Two of my players, one with no experience and one with about one session's worth, ...
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Why is it necessary to have a balanced party? [closed]

As I've been reading around the site, I've noticed a ton of questions regarding a balanced party. Also I've seen many questions regarding if something will "imbalance or unbalance a party." I'm still ...
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How to deal with a Chaotic Evil player character as a player [closed]

I am taking part in a campaign supposed to be a normal hero adventure. One of our players, who is a first timer to DnD and never really claimed an alignment at the start of the campaign, has pretty ...
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How hostile is it appropriate to be towards a PC that upsets your character?

My character is now very upset at another character. What are strategies I can use to balance "My Guy Syndrome" with genuine disappointment? For some backstory. In this particular game we're a bunch ...
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What standard party size is D&D 5e designed for?

4th edition Dungeons & Dragons had a standard party size of 5 players. I can't seem to find an equivalent definition of what the standard party size is in 5th edition. The tables in the DMG ...
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What are the most common party loot division policies [closed]

Edit: Rephrased the question and title which makes the context unnecessary but left it in order to show where the question is coming from. Context: A while ago, our group suffered an almost-party-...
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What typical party roles does this party lack?

We are starting a D&D 5e campaign where we will be playing through released adventure books. We are starting at level 1 and rolling for stats. We currently have a half elf wild magic sorcerer ...
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Will my party function without a healer?

At the moment there are 5 of us that will be playing this campaign, and it's only the first time playing for one of us. The party at the moment is: Bard (College of Lore) - Me Rogue (Arcane ...
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Can an NPC healer be part of a party of PCs, and if so, how does that work?

I want to play a rogue but I'm afraid our party won't have any healers. There would only be 3–5 of us and though I know someone who might play a healer, I don't know if they'll actually join the group....
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What makes up a Radiant Mafia?

I get that the general point of it is that it's a party that focuses on Radiant damage and is apparently supposed to have a pretty high damage output, but which elements are needed to make it really ...
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What to do if I get an unbalanced party?

I will GM for a party of players soon who are new to the system we are using, at least some will be new to tabletop RPGs (some had a bit of D&D experience), and I am inexperienced at GMing. Our ...
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How to justify Alliance and Horde characters in the same party? [closed]

How could someone creating an adventure justify characters from two opposing factions cooperating? In this specific instance we are playing a Warcraft homebrew, so the factions would be Alliance and ...
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Character abandoning the party

I have recently started my first D&D game using 5th edition (I'm the DM). For our first few sessions everything worked fine. The players all had fun and their characters were all developing. ...
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Support character for a primarily melee centric party to reduce resting time?

We have a party made up of a vengeance paladin, a moon druid, and an eldritch knight. What options are available for support characters specifically to help reduce the party's time spent resting? I'...
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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

This is my first time being a DM, and one of my players (the reason I became a DM), is constantly going out on their own, hunting or stealthing ahead of the group, to kill things before any one else ...
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Is it okay to encourage class changes with magic items? [closed]

My party consist mostly of spellcasters: 2 Wizards 1 Sorcerer 1 Ranger (who is new) 1 Rogue The party is 5th-level, having made it this far because we had a Barbarian and a Paladin to man the front. ...
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My character is more powerful than the others in the party

Background: DnD 3.5 Homebrew campaign. Level 5 party. Warblade (me). Bard. Warlock. Paladin. Rogue. The dilemma: my character completely outshines the others in almost every single combat ...
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How can I foster strong friendship among PCs?

Some D&D parties are Murder Hobos, moving from monster-slaying to monster-slaying, and bearing no fixed address or loyalties. Some parties are composed of friends and family members who would ...
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Should all the player characters in a campaign be the same level?

We have five players in our campaign right now. I joined later than the rest of the group by about 1 month, starting a 1st level character when they were already 3rd level. We are still on the starter ...
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Providing party niches for a murder of Witchers

My players decided they all want to play Witchers. Thus I have a murder of Witchers1 on my hands. Since I like to have each player character excel at one thing above all other player characters, this ...
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How to prevent players from metagaming when they split the party?

Let's say that I have a group of 4 players. During the game they decide to split for some reason (e.g. one group goes shopping, the other goes to the tavern). Now let's say that the group in the ...
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What job in a party does a magus have?

Usually the main job (with main job I mean core purpose of the class) of a class is quite clear to me. A fighter damage, a wizard magic, cleric healing. This is superficial I know (and there are heaps ...
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How do I balance an all-spellcaster party?

This here campaign I'm about to unfold is going to feature 2-3 players, 2 of which definitely want to get spellcasting characters and the third is very likely to go down the same path. Q: How do I ...
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Sacrificing character integrity for the gameplay? [closed]

Allow me to share an example, so that we can all be on the same page here: Player A Is playing a paladin character that believes in always doing the right thing. And Player A loves to RP as this ...
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How can a high-level PC “pull punches” to play with and not dominate a low-level party?

I like the idea of characters that are extremely powerful but unassuming. Assuming the DM agrees, how might I play basically a high level character in a low level party? Where I play it's mostly one-...
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Overcoming non-combat challenges as a party

I'd like to have my players overcome a challenge as a party. In my specific case I want them to track down a location in a large area. How quickly they find the location would be based on the result ...
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How do I get stoic loners to cohere into a group and care about each other?

I'm a part of a Pathfinder group. We meet every Friday night at 6-7, and play until 11:30. We have been meeting for the past 2 months, and the people in my group are pretty great. But our party is a ...
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My DM asked me to betray the party; How do I beat them? [closed]

After we chose classes but before we really solidified our character sheets, my DM privately messaged me and asked if I wouldn't mind playing the part of the double agent sent to infiltrate and, at ...