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Questions tagged [party-formation]

For questions about putting together a party of PCs that will stay together for at least a while.

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Is a party consisting of only a bard, a cleric, and a warlock functional long-term?

After considering it for a long time, I have finally decided to try DMing. The campaign I'm planning is entirely homebrew, and, as an aspiring author, I'm going to focus a bit more on lore, plot, and ...
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Party split into two: how do I bring them together? [closed]

I have a party of 4 players. Last session, one player was unable to attend. While I was sort of uncomfortable running a game without another player (I've done this in the past) all of the other ...
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How can I get my player characters together and move towards a new town? [closed]

That might seen like an oddly worded question but hear me out. I am starting a new campaign soon and I kinda jumped the gun a bit with the pre-planning. None of my player characters know each others ...
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How do I get player characters who have non-adventurer backstories to go on adventures?

I have had an annoying issue where all my players make characters that don't adventure and have jobs! This makes it really hard to incorporate them into the story and gives them very little backstory (...
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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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Getting characters to WANT to team up [closed]

I've been searching every combination of words I can think of and can't get a good answer. All the players at my table know that they're going to be forming an adventuring party, so they throw me a ...
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How to embed a Force user (w/ metaphysical powers) into a technical party? [closed]

We're gonna start a Force and Destiny Star Wars campaign soon, and as the Star Wars expert and hard sci-fi fan I'm (happily) the GM. The issue is that one player is into high fantasy so as a Force ...
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How to get players to do something without them feeling railroaded?

I'm DM'ing a play-by-post campaign and I'm at a point in the adventure where the group all meets for the first time. They've all had something stolen from them at the same time and saw a creature that ...
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Are PCs supposed to start a game knowing each other, and if not, how should they meet?

I'm currently putting together a D&D game and I have most of it worked out. The only part about it that I'm still a little unclear on is whether or not the player characters should know each other ...
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Problems with Party Formation: “You're the DM, you can figure it out.”

Sort of related to Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions? Scenario Player 1 wants to be a male drow necromancer that reveres Kiaransalee. Player 2 wants to be a male ...
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Origin of “You all meet in a tavern…” cliche in fantasy roleplaying games?

Where does this silly (but fun) cliche come from? I couldn't find a definitive answer online. The value of the tavern as a place where characters can meet, find new adventure hooks, and spend gold is ...
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How do I deal with one evil PC in a party of good PCs?

There is a certain player in my group who always wants to play an evil aligned character. Now, I always tell him that he should make it unaligned so that he can still do the more "bad" things but it ...
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How do I get my players to form a PC party without just forcing them to?

I believe that it is generally a good thing that all the PCs travel together, as a "party". This way the GM has to manage one environment – not, say, five. The problem is how the GM can ensure such a ...
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How to: Create a good backstory for how the party got together? [closed]

I'm making a list of things to do for character creation for my first game as DM, and one things I've often heard is to have at least some reason for the players to have come together for their ...