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Can I have a nameless character?

I am planning on running a High Elf Far Traveler Sorcerer, whose "far traveler" motifs are due to a loss of memory early in life. He lacks an upbringing to draw motivation from - he is self-motivated ...
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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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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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How do I develop my character's story without spoiling myself on what's about to happen? [closed]

Today, at the table, we reached a point where we have no more goals in sight, and need to think of how we continue the game from this point onward. We are all level 6. The problem I'm facing here is ...
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How can I convert this Burning Empires diplomat character to Pathfinder?

A diplomat character from Burning Empires was (trivially) converted to Burning Wheel. Now I'm running a game with Pathfinder rules in the same setting and there is a fine opportunity to bring the ...
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Should I allow one of my players to change characters mid-campaign? [closed]

I found myself in a predicament. One of my players told me that he wants to change his PC to play a different one mid-campaign. I would generally just say yes if there's a good reason, but that's the ...
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If I'm playing a game where one of my characters died and then that character is revived how would that be handled/what do I do? [closed]

So I was playing dnd and I was on my second character it was heading toward the end of the game and then an my first characters wife got a wish and wished my first character back to life and that was ...
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Formula for determining attributes of character created with reproduction [closed]

I am trying to find information about D&D's rules regarding ability-scores of a character who is a result of two other characters' reproduction. I haven't been able to find any official ...
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Gameplay-to-cutscene ratio: how interactive should I make the introduction to the campaign? [closed]

I'm planning a campaign with a specific backdrop-the characters are employees of a certain organization and this is their first day on the job. The organization and the job will no longer actually ...
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What is a good storytelling way to change a characters class? [closed]

So let's say I am playing a bard. But now my bard is level 7 and I would like to change the class because I'm just not feeling it anymore. Now I want to play the same character. I still want the ...
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Which check would be best for deciding which personality of a multiple-personality character is in control? [closed]

My brother wants to play a character with multiple personalities but we're unsure how to actually go about switching which personality is in control. The system he currently has is this: Every ...
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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 you enchant player characters' prosthetics permanently? [closed]

I understand that there's a huge difference between people and magical items, but the focus of this is on creating permanent magical enhancement on prosthetics itself and seeing how far you can push ...
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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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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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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What can I do to roleplay better in DnD? [closed]

I have been playing D&D for nearly 2 years with the same character, a female elven monk who is a sage librarian. I was previously in a party where role playing wasn't pushed as much as it is in ...
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How do I make a player feel important when their skills don't affect the campaign? [closed]

You know how sometimes a character takes Dwarvish as their second language but you have no dwarves in your campaign? Or a Cleric specializes in killing undead when your campaign revolves around ...
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Role-playing and being "stuck" with an archetype? [closed]

I never played the "board" D&D games; my experience is limited to what is available via "classic" PC games. But I'd like to try D&D with the real players in real life at the board with the ...
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Can a PC protected by copyright be used by the DM without player permission? [closed]

A player owns the copyright on their character as long as that character meets copyright criteria and was featured in something before being in the campaign, such as a backstory or drawing. This has ...
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Influencing a PC's attitude with Intimidate

Intimidate states You can use Intimidate to force an opponent to act friendly toward you for 1d6 × 10 minutes with a successful check. The DC of this check is equal to 10 + the target’s Hit Dice + ...
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Are there any rules on allowing players to swap out characters of equal level?

In a previous game, one of my players played a Bard that got up to level 5. That player wants to bring him back for a few sessions when he gets his current Artificer up to level 5 (which will probably ...
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Is there any official guidance on customizing class options?

This is not a suggestions question. I'm not looking for someone to suggest how I should balance ability X. I want to know the "rules" or customs for balancing. I am also not looking for ...
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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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How compatible is Gloomhaven with Dungeons and Dragons?

I play dnd 5e with a group of friends. Obviously, we each have our own character sheets, dice, etc. I have never played gloomhaven, but am thinking of purchasing it to play at home with my family. It ...
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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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Could you use a 4th Edition character in a 5th Edition adventure, just for level 1?

For a one shot session, I'm DMing a 5th Edition Level 1 adventure, but our regular sessions are 4th Edition. The group is a mix of some new players and experienced players. The new players will be ...
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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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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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Tips for getting into character [closed]

I'm relatively new to D&D and I'm rolling my second character. While I enjoyed my first one, he didn't have much of a personality. This next time around, I'm aiming to play a Swashbuckler ...
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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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When Building a Character, if a skill proficiency is mentioned twice do i add the proficiency bonus twice? [duplicate]

I'm building a character in the 5th edition and my background and class both mention survival proficiency, do i add the proficiency bonus twice or only once?
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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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How are characters converted from Dark Heresy 1st to 2nd edition?

Is it possible to convert characters from previous edition to current one? How is it achieved?
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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 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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Are there rules for playing two characters in one body?

I have a character designed that is two different characters that have been merged into one body by some force (magic, a god, whatever) So they share one physical body, but they have two fully ...
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Can a PC change Backgrounds mid-campaign?

I've read about instances of class changes in the middle of a campaign, but what about background changes? For example, if a level 5 character had a Soldier background, but found another to fit their ...
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Did something very uncharacteristic, not sure where to go (Contains Jade Regent spoilers)

Disclaimer: This involves events from the Jade Regent AP. Spoilers will exist. So I have a dilemma and I'm really not sure how to go from here. I basically did something very out of character because ...
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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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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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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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Playing a child oracle in pathfinder, how to prove age and how open will population be to believing it? [closed]

I'm thinking about playing an oracle in Pathfinder with the Child curse. He stopped aging at roughly 7 years old. He is now around 18-20 years old, still looks like a kid. I think it would be fun ...
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What changes when an Alienist becomes an outsider?

When a character becomes a 10th level Alienist (prestige class), the following change is said to occur (emphasis mine): Alien Transcendence (Su): A 10th-level alienist, because of long ...
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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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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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How can I play multiple characters at once?

Okay, so I'll be playing the World of Warcraft RPG with my family and friends on the weekend, and I'm wondering if playing multiple characters at once would be viable or easy to do. I'll be playing ...
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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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Do characters tend to get used for a while nowadays, or disposed of and replaced regularly? [closed]

When I was in high school, a long time ago, kids talked about their characters lasting and up-leveling for so long that they reached high enough levels to get to send them away to Wizards of the Coast ...
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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 ...