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Should I prohibit a player from having a character goal that makes me uncomfortable?

A few friends and I (as game master) are gearing up to start a Fate game set in a society inspired by ancient Greece, with a direct democratic political system. One of my players wants to play a ...
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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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My 5e character isn't very fun. How do I kill them off?

I'm playing an 8th level Valor bard, and she's basically The Load (warning: TVTropes link) at this point- high-combat campaign, so not a lot of charisma stuff to do, and really doesn't have any ...
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Why wouldn’t I just run away from the eldritch horror?

I am struggling with character motivations in Call of Cthulhu or similarly investigative horror settings. For some reason I seem to have issues imagining the reasoning behind characters who really ...
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How to deal with a PC being played as homophobic?

I’m about to start a sci-fi campaign using Ultramodern5 (a modification of D&D 5e for non-fantasy settings). I’ve been working with players to help build their characters, and one player character ...
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Problems Regarding a Mary-Sue type Player Character

In my game, one of the player's characters is a bit... too much. It's not easy to describe, but I think she's a somewhat more subtle example of the Mary Sue archetype: a character who is perfect, and ...
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

My boyfriend is DMing a D&D 5e game for a good friend of mine and I. It's a pirate themed campaign, which I was excited about, and takes place in a universe where magic is not believed in by most (...
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Can a PC be a lich?

The heading says it all, can a PC be a lich? If so, how? The DMG hints that the Book of Vile Darkness contains the secrets of how; there is nothing official otherwise.
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Players playing multiple characters [closed]

I generally have a small group of people playing D&D at any one time. However to get the party dynamics right, and to cover all useful / necessary skills we could often use more characters than ...
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Should my "average" PC be able to discern the potential of encountering a gelatinous cube from subtle clues?

Relatively new to DnD/TTRPGs. Playing a Barb with +0 to INT and -1 to WIS. I just realized that my party might be walking right into a gelatinous cube. What is considered "average" intelligence and ...
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How do I deal with my group having issues with my character?

I am fairly newish to D&D. Our group plays every week and I have been a GM before. My character is fairly chill, chaotic neutral and will often get distracted for a few moments looking at ...
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Is it common for D&D characters be moved to or reused in different DMs' campaigns?

When you've played a character for a while and have invested a lot of time building this character up, seeing the campaign end, losing your group by moving to a different city, or otherwise leaving ...
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My characters, though different classes/races/etc., always seem to have similar personalities. Is this a problem, and, if so, how can I fix it?

This is a question about something I've noticed in my own play style, asked because I want to make sure that I and those I play with enjoy the game as much as possible. I played AD&D and 2e ten ...
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How can I roleplay a follower-type character when I as a player have a leader-type personality?

Background When I started playing RPGs, I made characters with high intelligence and problem-solving skills. As an engineer, these kinds of characters were similar to myself in real life and suited my ...
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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

I'm a new DM playing Lost Mine of Phandelver with two other adults and our kids, two 11-year-olds. We started with the pre-generated characters; I'm playing the Dwarf cleric as an NPC. One of the kids ...
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Is it plausible to have a Player Character play as a villain against the rest of the party?

If anyone has experience running a game like this, what are some common errors to avoid and tips you would give to a GM embarking on such a campaign? Specifically I intend to have a 3 PC party with 2 ...
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Can two players play one character?

I'm new to Dungeons and Dragons, having played only 3 games as a DM with a group of friends. Initially, it was difficult to find people to play, but now I've run into the problem where too many people ...
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How can we as players stop being murderhobos? [closed]

My group is the classic example of murderhobos. When we come upon a strange creature, rather than trying to understand what it is, we simply kill it and ask questions once it is dead. Or instead of ...
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As a player, how can I help other players explore their characters on a deeper level?

I'm playing in a group with a diverse group of players. Some have everything about their character planned (like myself and one other player), others came to the table with a concept and nothing else. ...
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How can I encourage a fellow player to develop a character a bit more?

As a player myself, I would like to encourage another player to add a little nuance to his dark and cringey character. The player in question is young and quite enthusiastic, didn't derail anything in-...
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Can I make a NPC just like a player character? [closed]

I’m DM in one of my D&D games and I want a NPC to be a Wood Elf, Ranger, is it possible to make that NPC on a character sheet? Just like a player would build their characters, so I can keep stats ...
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How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character? [closed]

I have recently started GM-ing a new group of players, most of them are unexperienced. One of the players is a Chaotic Neutral Rogue. This description of Chaotic Neutral mentions that such character ...
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Where does the idea of using the same character in multiple games come from?

I just read about a strange behavior in RPGs that didn't make much sense to me. To give an example: Susie joins up with a new game in Milwaukee. She makes a character for that game and plays in ...
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Character Sheets paper or plastic? [closed]

What do you guys use for character sheets? I used graphing paper for a while. My biggest problem is the whole erasing things after a while the paper gets... lets say well used... Anyway to make the ...
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How do I make my single-minded character more interested in the main story?

Currently, I'm playing a campaign with a couple of friends and we're about 5 sessions in. My character has a single purpose, which is saving his mother who has disappeared. For that reason my ...
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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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How attached should players be to the characters they make? [closed]

I'm new to RPGs and I'm not sure how attached I should be to any characters I make. On one hand I don't think it would be pleasant to spend hours making an in depth character only to have them die off,...
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One of PCs backstabbed a powerful ally. How do I punish them without seeming like singling them out?

Followup to this question. So, I'm running a Starfinder game, and we are 50 sessions into this campaign. The campaign involves the fate of a small but strategically important settlement, which several ...
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As a GM, how do I encourage PCs to share and play out their backstories?

My players have trouble creating deep backstories for the characters. I have decided to go with that but provide opportunities in-game for filling out the gaps. I'm considering introducing some ...
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How can I get my player to work with the story instead of roleplaying a lunatic?

My play group is currently running a prototype game we made based on Dragon Ball Z using d20 rules; I'm GMing. One player in particular always makes characters that are mentally limited, crazy or with ...
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How do I keep a party together when they have conflicting goals?

I'm running a Starfinder game, and we are 40 sessions into this campaign. The campaign involves the fate of a small but strategically important settlement, which several factions are vying for control ...
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The group won't let me use my character quirk

So I made a new character, and as an experiment I decided to use a character quirk to make it a bit more interesting. I used a random generator and came up with "Your character is prone to absent-...
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Best way to port 4th edition characters to 5th edition

Like the title says, I need help porting the following party (all level 5): Human Healer's Lore Cleric Human Earthstrength Warden * Dwarf Tactical Warlord * Half-Orc Archer Ranger Eladrin Brawny ...
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How can I help my players get into a vengeful mindset?

I've often attempted to run Hunter: the Vigil (part of the New World of Darkness gameline) for my players. Unfortunately I frequently run into the same problem; namely, when I set up villains with the ...
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Creating a new character vs taking over an inactive previous character

In a lengthy campaign players may miss some sessions or even stop playing for some time. Other players may join at any time. What are the advantages/drawbacks of having the new players taking over ...
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What are some of the major challenges in playing an Evil Character? [closed]

What are some of the major challenges in playing an Evil Character (whether that's a formal alignment or not) in a co-operative party game, and likewise, what are some of the reasons many groups ...
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How to pick a name for a Dungeons & Dragons character

I'm starting to create a character in Dungeons & Dragons. Is there a set of rules or standards, or any references or fashion, on creating a character's name? For example, on D&D Beyond, it ...
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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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Modeling character emotions and stress [closed]

I'm interested in playing a game which is based more on characters and their emotions, rather than physical accomplishments. A system that forces characters to do dumb things and generate drama while ...
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NWOD : stats for animals and edge-cases for transformations in Changeling

Well, I tried playing with the title to make it as suggestive as "The Beast-buffing", but since this question may have a wider scope let's keep it straight. As I was saying in the other question, I ...
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What are the pitfalls when swapping characters between players?

I have a plot hook that I want to use where the entire player character team gets gassed and wake up feeling "different". I want to simulate that by swapping characters between the players for one ...
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How to quickly get into one-off characters?

After doing longer campaigns for a while, my group is now getting into a series of one shots to try different settings, systems and overall experiences. What I realized so far when playing one-off ...
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Is it better with sparse or detailed pregen characters for a con adventure?

This is probably a bit subjective, but what do people prefer for pre-generated characters at conventions? Detailed characters with well-defined histories and personalities, or more sparse characters ...
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Games where some characters can play as weapons [closed]

Are there any games that provide some characters with the option of playing as a weapon, possibly wielded by other players? I've never heard of or seen a game that has any rules or specific about ...
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Game was fun for a year but suddenly is not? [closed]

So this may be a long story but my group and I have been playing “The Curse of Strahd” for a little over a year. It has been a really amazing and wonderful time. Everyone got a long so well and the ...
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Can I use modified playtest characters in my 5e game?

I understand that some of the information will change, and that there are some important differences between the last playtest package and the basic rules. For player characters I see the major ...
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Is using the same theme over and over again a sign of being too attached to a concept? [closed]

I have been playing in several roleplay groups taking place in different systems. I have noticed that while the personality of my character can vary to a degree, I always end up playing with a nature ...
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What was the status of Half-Orcs as playable characters in 2e?

The AD&D 2e Player's Handbook did not list half-orc as a playable race, unlike 1e. However, half-orcs in the Monstrous Compendium are listed under orcs with class and levels limits if players want ...
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How to keep track of volatile amounts of items? [closed]

My DnD 5e players have stopped keeping track of ammunition, rations, torches, etc, because it's something they use all the time and their character sheet starts looking rubbish or being torn from ...
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How to develop effective storylines to ease adding another player to the game?

I just ran my first two sessions as GM and we are probably going to be adding a 4th player to the group soon (making 5 of us total). I'm trying to think of a good premise for the party to meet the new ...
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