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 do I get my players to form a 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 ...
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Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin?

This is my first time GMing, and I'm trying to get a small group going with 5E, but it seems no one has much interest in playing Cleric or Paladin. Among the many new-found freedoms granted by 5E, ...
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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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How do I play a quiet, lone wolf character but also engage my group?

I've recently gotten into a custom D&D-like role-playing campaign and have developed my character to be a quiet, contemplative rogue who has a backstory that mostly represents a lone wolf. I've ...
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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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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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What kinds of rules promote good team cohesion?

It seems like a lot of roleplaying games quite freely allow players to play antisocial characters who can't really be part of the team. I've been part of groups (in D&D) with both a noble ...
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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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What's the name of the role of characters who buff teammates?

In a RPG party, if Tank → Front line in case the party should be dealt damage Damage Dealer → Deals damage to enemies Healer → Heals teammates etc. … what's the name of the role for ...
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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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How do you get a new player engaged in an old campaign?

A group of three players had been going through my campaign for a year and a half, when a fourth player was added around level 15. The new player entered in media res: there was a ton of back story, ...
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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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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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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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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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Are balanced groups important in D&D 5e?

I am the GM. In my 4e campaign, the group (4 players) often ran into trouble in combat if they didn't have one person was in each role of Striker, Defender, Controller & Leader (especially for ...
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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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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

In the previous adventure, the characters left on bad terms after the Monk betrayed the other two party members by trying to take their captured criminal back to her (equally criminal) monastery ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

I was just wondering, is it possible for one or more people to abandon/betray the rest of the party in D&D? Like, if they're offered a deal by the antagonist that they're obviously meant to say no ...
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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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What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party

Confession - I just TPK'd my group....again. One of the reasons that has been identified is that while the party is composed of 5 pretty well optimized characters, as a party they just aren't in sync....
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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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Maintaining a party in a world of mistrust

In essence, how would you keep a colorful group of players together in a world filled with mistrust, without going too much meta? Here is the scenario : Our hero consists of members of a special ...
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Considerations for assigning Constitution buff within the party

We've recently acquired the manual of bodily health, which grants a permanent +2 to Constitution score. What are the optimisation considerations (e.g. increased HP, better at maintaining concentration)...
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How can I get a resolution to in and out-of-game actions that made me uncomfortable?

Two of our players' characters have had (since the beginning) a very 'pig-tail pulling' relationship from day one. One is a high lady, the other a rougher sea-man. Little fireballs aimed at armpits, ...
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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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What is an effective 3-character 'Core' party?

I (may) have a party with 3 core players and some people that occasionally chime in. While I'm not expecting too many socialisation / synchronisation problems (see this thread about changing ...
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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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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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Dealing with a changing set of players in a continuous campaign

I have a group of players who have all been integrated into the game. However we all live in different counties and at any one time only a subset of the players can play at any one time. I try to ...
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Spread out AC or consolidate?

Imagine a Party with 4 characters. Each one has different AC: 14 AC/48 HP (squishy caster) 15 AC/50 HP 16 AC/50 HP 17 AC/54 HP (the tank) The Party picks up a Ring of Protection +1. Who "should&...
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How should I play my character (who is motivated to betray the party) and keep the game fun?

My friends and I are playing a custom quest where our goal is to stop Asmodeus from reaching god hood. However, my problem is that I am playing a Warlock (Lawful Evil) who is evil and worships ...
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How to have a game in which one player character is the leader but it's still fun for everyone?

I think the most natural party organization for a group of friends that are playing a game is a flat one, in which no one has authority over another, and decisions are made by consensus (and if that ...
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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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Is there a mechanic for lowering a character's level for a new campaign?

The Planescape campaign that I am DMing is reaching its end, and we are about to start a new one that is going to follow the previous one, starting from 1st level. In the new campaign, I would like ...
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How can I encourage my group to become more well rounded?

My gaming group tends to each go in their own direction for character creation. Sometimes this leads to great games where folks are strongly opposed on dramatic elements and character interaction is ...
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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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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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What to do when you end up duplicating another players character?

Frequently I seem to roll up characters who are the spitting image of someone else's character. Most recently I rolled up a Utility Force Wizard for Star wars: Saga edition, which matched someone else ...
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Should I discourage a group of players from all playing the same class with very similar builds?

Concerns I have Traditionally the D&D party has been a Cleric, Fighter, Magic User and a Thief. Adventures have been balanced around the traditional party composition listed above. Players ...
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Challenging a Party with No Meat-Shield

I am running a D&D Next playtest (which is its own ball of awkwardness in a pleasant way) and none of my PC's have wanted to play the quintessential "Meat-Shield." I have a monk, 2 rangers, a ...
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How to handle a group of inexperienced players who split their party more often than I can handle

Recently I ran a steampunk themed one-shot where three of the five players were brand new to roleplaying. The session was successful, everyone enjoyed it and told me they'd like to play again. ...
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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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Are deckers or technomancers required in a shadowrun group?

From playing Shadowrun for a bit, I get the impression in a typical shadowrun group, you just need a decker or technomancer. Sure, the characters probably have contacts that can get them all the ...
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Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?

The Revenant racials, as a whole, seem to be focused on survivability/durability, granting the ability to stay in the fight even at zero HP. The Assassin class, while technically a Striker, seems to ...
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How to politely explain that a player's character doesn't fit the role as well as they think it does?

An old friend of mine who had to leave our gaming group for various reasons recently returned. He created a new character since we had gone a long way since he had left and he wanted to try a defender....
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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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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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How can you handle L5R Campaigns where PCs are from different Clans?

I see that the cliché solution to this problem is to have all of the PCs be Magistrates. I'd rather not go that route, though. What are the more interesting ways to get the PCs to work together while ...
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How can I encourage my group to seek success, rather than entertaining failure?

Our weekly group has a tendency toward playing into escalating spirals of self destruction, regardless of the system or genre. Players will look for opportunities to fail, or to set up other player's ...