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Questions tagged [players]

Questions about the non-GM participants in roleplaying games and their behavior.

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How can I make sure every one is having a good time? [on hold]

I have recently started DMing for a group of six (I have only had groups of two before). I have a few quite players and some of them are more involved than others. But I don't want my quieter players ...
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When my players don't think at all, what should I do? [closed]

I have a very strange party of players. It's not their characters, but my friends themselves. They seem to want the Hobbit but with no deaths, lots of XP at level 1, weak and slow zombies, and ...
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Should I continue my campaign after 2 of my players left? [closed]

Just wanted a general opinion on something, so I’ve been DMing for the past 6 months or so after our original DM had left our group (4 people). I had homebrewed a world of my own creation etc and my ...
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What is a generally polite and succinct response to player requests for mechanical changes?

I would like a script or block of text that is nicer than "No." Trying to keep the number of table rules and exceptions to a minimum requires turning down requests for mechanical changes. All such ...
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What to do with a player I have issues with due to metagaming?

I want to start this by saying that I am very new to D&D as a whole. This is my first campaign and I am playing a Lizardfolk paladin (it works in this story); the problem player is playing a gnome ...
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New GM: How to keep control of a game

So I'm a brand new GM and a fairly new player. I ran my first session for a group of friends the other day and it just spiralled out of control and ended in complete chaos. I chose Dungeon World ...
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Can I ask my players for copies of their notes?

I am still quite new to GMing and I've come across a problem running an Investigation-based Sci-Fi RPG. My players are taking notes on lots of things that were meant to be innocuous little bits of ...
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Player wants a weak character? [closed]

I am the DM and I'm helping some of my players make their characters (since it is most of their first times playing. One of my players wants to make a character with no class and is an average human. ...
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Gathering people for online games [duplicate]

I am planning to run a game of Nobilis on roll20 but I am having trouble finding people for it. Is there some sort of advertisement technique I can use in order to recruit players for my game?
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How do I deal with a random event that upset my players? [closed]

We are playing "Rise of the Runelords", and something happened that made all the players quite upset, and gave a bitter ending to an otherwise great session. WARNING: Spoilers on Rise of the ...
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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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How much should I tell the DM about my PC's plans?

The campaign just reached a turning point: an NPC we believed to be an ally betrayed us PCs and gained the power of a god. My PC and another PC were put into a stasis for 3 years while the former ally ...
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How to handle a troublesome player even before the game starts

I'm preparing a game in Roll20. I have listed the game as looking for players. I'm not a picky person with my players if they are nice. One guy has shown up very excited about the idea of my game. ...
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How do I get my players to communicate with me?

I've been GMing for a few months and have run two campaigns. In each of these campaigns, people have ended up leaving because of problems I could have fixed if I knew what was going on. So how do I ...
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How can I make surrender or capture of the party a (more) acceptable outcome to the players?

In 99% of the D&D games I've played/DM'd across almost all editions (never did 1st and 4th though), the party is completely unwilling to surrender or let themselves be captured. The 1% accounts ...
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One of my players is “leading” the group (and campaign) and I'm unsure of how to combat it

Perhaps "combat" it is the wrong word but as the title suggests, I am in a bind. My group of several adventurers (typically the same 4~5 every session) are great when they work without a certain ...
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One of my friends/players committed suicide. How do I continue the game from here?

Content Warning: Suicide I'm posting anonymously for privacy and I'm sorry if this is kind of disjointed, the topic is obviously very emotional. About a month ago one member of our friend group, and ...
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Why is Bonus XP discouraged for more experienced players?

Recently, Bonus XP seems to have fallen out of public favor. It obviously has no place in, say, power min-max metagaming campaigns where surmounting nigh-impossible challenges is the main point; yet, ...
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Get players to actually role-play [duplicate]

We are a bunch of newbies, have just completed our first campaign and are one evening into the second campaign. It is now that I noticed that despite playing role-playing games, almost no one is ...
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How can a “Harlequin” player have the feeling of character progression?

I am currently GMing a rather large group of 8 people where about 6 show up regularly, every two weeks. These sessions can be rather straining for me and I am therefore looking for ways to make GMing ...
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How to help PCs develop a greater backstory

As a GM, I really enjoy those moments when I can tie-in one of my PC's backstories to the greater narrative, either through a choice NPC from one of their backstories or by having a PC development ...
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How to handle a PC that likes to “push the envelope” without resorting to OOC conversations

I am currently looking at starting up a pathfinder campaign with a group of friends I play with, wherein I will be attempting to GM. Having played with this group for a while I have gotten to know ...
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How can I engage players after character death in a one-shot dungeon-crawl?

I am looking to run a one-shot adventure and want to have a fair chance of character death, but I would like for the player to remain engaged even if their character dies. I want the adventure to be ...
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How to reward good players, in order to teach other players by example

I've been DMing a certain group for about a year now. They're decent enough but I've had to learn to handle them as each of them are deficient in some ways. However, recently we got a new player and ...
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What to do when you feel your party is too big? [closed]

I'm in a pathfinder party of 6 where only one other player (and the GM) have played an RPG of this style before. The GM is a first time GM. After the first few games, the GM and I started thinking ...
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How do we play with irregular attendance?

Some of my players (myself included) will always set time aside to play our weekly D&D 5e games, but others are more casual about their attendance, and won't make it most of the time, except when ...
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Players stopping other player actions

I recently had this come up in a campaign and I know I read about it in a book somewhere but I can't find it... I had one player (a monk) that wanted to punch a chest to see if he could break it open, ...
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How can I cure players of Character Abandonment Syndrome? [duplicate]

I've noticed a problem in my gaming group that I can only dub Character Abandonment Syndrome. Over the last few years, my group has played several campaigns (D&D 5e mostly, but some other stuff ...
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Is it bad to be a “rules lawyer” as a GM? [closed]

For context: I started playing with some friends over a table-top simulator online a while back. As it turns out, I have a couple friends who find my citing of my chosen campaign setting (Forgotten ...
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Troublesome player that I can't convince to change and can't exclude from group

So there's a lot of topics about this on RG.StackExchange.com, but they all boil down to "Talk to the player." Unfortunately that's been done multiple times over the years to no meaningful effect. I'...
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What to do when you notice another player's mistake?

I happened to notice a mistake that one of the other players has been making a mistake that causes their character to be much more powerful than the rules dictate that they should be. I'm sure that ...
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How do I handle a player arguing for more actions than the game will allow?

I have a player in a Pathfinder campaign I am DMing that caused the game to come to a complete halt for nearly 20 minutes before I could get him to accept the rules of the game. His character is a ...
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How to ease new players into taking the game seriously?

I was a player in a group that all took things seriously and roleplayed our characters to the best of our ability. That group unfortunately fell apart and I've started up a new game with a different ...
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How can I keep players, whose characters are unconscious, entertained?

In each session, I always try to gradually crank up the tension and danger, so that the final combat encounter (assuming that it is a combat encounter) is the most difficult (read deadly). However, ...
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Dragon character with non dragon group?

I'm looking for dragon as a player character that doesn't destroy the game -- if it is too powerful for the players who don't play dragons it is not a desirable choice. I would like to play a ...
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How do I get less attached to my characters?

In terms of my preferences, I tend to like a balance between story and dice-rolling, and write 1-2 page backstories for my characters. I also like a cinematic style where failure means a temporary ...
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How do I keep new players engaged when I have to postpone games?

I'm currently running two weekly games, one intended to be a long-running game with a small group of regular players, the other a modular game that I'm trying to structure so that people take turns ...
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The World Will End, But Not Tomorrow (or How to Manage Unwarranted Urgency in Players)

For the last couple of years my group’s been playing two high-tempo D&D 3.5 campaigns (I’m the DM in one of them). The PCs, their families, their homelands and their worlds have been constantly ...
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How can I avoid metagaming when I know things my character doesn't?

One common problem I run into, as a player, is having to feign not-knowing things my character doesn't but I do, be it rules about certain creatures ("Hmm that rock golem sure looks weak against [...]"...
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“You're not there, you can't say that” in Fate?

I'm GMing a Fate Accelerated Edition game, importing quite a lot of rules and ideas from Fate Core. Although I've been a DM/GM for almost 25 years, it's my first time GMing a narrative-focussed game. ...
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How can a player in a PbP D&D 5e game ensure the health and fun of that game?

I recently found this question which has a lot of good advice for things that a game-master can do to ensure that the game is successful and fun for everyone involved. However, it doesn't say anything ...
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What's the best way to deal with a group that combines lazy and proactive players? [closed]

My group has been fun to play with and likable; we're a group of friends that enjoy the hobby and like to adventure into many different genres and settings, however as a Game Master, there's a problem ...
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When players have settled into “routines” for runs, how to break them out of the rut?

One way or another almost 95% of all the Shadowruns I either played or was GM in, somehow got to the point where the players would either: gather building plans and/or use their existing collection ...
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How to deal with player MacGyver-ism?

Role playing is an excellent hobby to train your problem solving skills. You learn to look at situations from different view points (i.e. the characters) and you have various skills and resources at ...
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How to deal with players rolling dice before establishing the context of the action?

I've been running a lot of fate and cthulhu-dark games lately, and I've run into a common challenge with several players: They'll roll the dice before we establish what kind of action they're taking ...
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A fellow player does not want me to roleplay, what do I do?

I have a little problem. One of the guys I'm playing with does not like roleplay. What I do now is like: I'm talking to the dog: Good dog, good dog Reciting it as a hypnotizing mantra ...
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How can I stop being afraid of PC death as a GM? [closed]

Well guys, I've noticed that I have a tendency to hold back too much with my players. All of them have been playing for long, however they're used to linear plot style campaigns, and besides the fact ...
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How can I help the GM make investigation engaging for the whole party?

Inspired by How can I make investigation engaging for the whole party?, this is roughly the same question but from the opposite side of the fence. As a player, how can I make the investigations more ...
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How do I deal with playing in an ultra-specialized party that is using a different playstyle than my own?

Someone asked a question about how to deal with wanting to play a plan-focused, stealthy character in a group that essentially consisted of melee types playing a 'Kick In The Door, Screaming Death ...
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How should I handle retconning (or not) a session with a drunk player and character deaths?

What Happened Tonight, one of my players began the session pretty drunk. That's not the problem I need help with; it hasn't happened before, and if it becomes a thing then I can deal with that. But I ...