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For questions on out-of-character communication between players, or between GM(s) and players.

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How can I pick my players’ brains for what they’d like to play?

In our group there's me (85% of the time as GM) and two other players. We have played for about three years, approx. 20 times a year. Sometimes we see each other outside sessions as well, we're ...
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How can players who are playing doppelgangers secretly coordinate with the DM and each other while at the table?

Two of my players' characters have been replaced by doppelgangers who want to steal money from adventurers (while letting them get into most of the danger), with the eventual object of escaping with ...
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How can I present an “unsolvable right now” puzzle without frustrating my players?

I think me and my players are quite fond of puzzles in our TTRPGs, me designing them and they solving them. Last session I presented them with a puzzle that was unsolvable “at the moment”. I thought ...
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Having trouble getting my friends to get invested in the game

I have been playing D&D 5e for the better part of three years now, and normally I have had a blast: everyone is engaged in the game and wanting to play. In November I started DMing for the ...
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Efficient way to communicate/track healing between combat?

I'm looking for a specific, tried and true, method to spend less table time when my groups need to heal up between encounters. My specific situation is online (Roll20) Pathfinder games, so Channel ...
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How would you communicate with a player attacking his own teammates while disguised without the other players finding out it's him?

I've heard of players killing their comrades while asleep or stuff like that, which can be handled by the master with some planning with the player. But how would you handle a situation in which a ...
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A dyslexic friend wants to play with an online group in a text-based game; how can I help them participate?

I have a group of remote friends who often play RPGs by written message only - primarily playing live. I'm starting up a new game, and one of the players who's asked to join has moderate dyslexia, and ...
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Trying to persuade a character by persuading the player out of game [closed]

I am severely annoyed. In our group I played a character who is an expert counterfeiter. Our group consists of an investigative agency during the Victorian times and my "normal" mode of operation is ...
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The right course of action with dealing player conflict?

I am new to being a DM. A few months back, three of my friends wanted to play D&D for the first time so I offered to be the DM. Everything was going fine until our most recent night. Basically we ...
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How to handle the party that doesn't trust you?

A problem with my character is that the party doesn't trust him at all. Background My character, a Cavalier, was hired by the Council (made up of noble men and women from across the kingdom) to ...
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How do I help my players stay engaged (with the game and each other) at the table?

I GM a long-running Pathfinder campaign, and for some time now I've been noticing our group fall into a familiar pattern of lethargy, where only one player engages with me at a time and the rest seem ...
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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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How to handle a boring campaign (as a player)

I've been tabletop-ing with a longtime group of friends (Shadowrun, but it doesn't really matter). I've been having fun, I suppose, but we are five sessions in and there is still no semblance of a ...
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How to deal with a GM who does not tell us everything?

The session We just arrived in a village and one of our member got ill and puked in the inn, so we went to the village doctor for help and he told us to go to continent Y where they could know how to ...
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Making relaying information less awkward

I recently started DMing for a group of friends that are new to pathfinder. Combat and group conversations went well, but after having the characters roll perception for what they see or after ...
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How do I make it absolutely clear that I'm shooting you in the face?

I play live action roleplaying games (LARPs), where myself and the players around me adopt actual physical characters. I've had a problem in the past where I hold a gun and want to shoot someone, ...
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Recommended protocol for effective communication using a Virtual Table Top (VTT)

I'm a player in a group that meets weekly. We use FantasyGround+Teamspeak combo and it seems to work for the most part. Or, should I say, it's better than not meeting at all. ;-) One consistent ...
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How do I retain momentum in an irregular game?

For years I have had a regular weekly evening group but as we've all aged, it has become more difficult to meet. I tend to get the same players but we do not play every week. Long gaps mean that it is ...