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Questions tagged [problem-gm]

Sometimes you just don't get along with your GM. Many questions about problematic Game Masters can be answered just by making sure everyone is playing the same game on the same page. See http://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/32146/1069 for some ideas. If that doesn't answer your question, ask away!

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How can I talk to my game-master about his self-insert character without offending him? [duplicate]

I have been in this long-term game where the group has been in a semi-railroaded adventure. However, there has been something that has been bugging me for a while. The game-master has this person ...
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Can the DM force player vs. player social checks?

Last session, my DM made me roll a Deception check against another player. I failed the roll, and as a result I was forced to reply a specific way and reveal information I otherwise wouldn't have ...
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How to handle a GM cheating in the players’ favor?

I have a friend and who is currently playing under a GM that cheats in the players’ favour: uses poor enemy tactics, will not use enemies abilities correctly, generally keeps enemies from finishing ...
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Can the DM change his/her mind after a player has rolled?

I'm new to D&D, and have been participating in campaigns that are meant to be completed within a single night. Last weekend, the DM requested that I make a Sleight of Hand check for an action ...
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How should you react, as an AL player, when a Dungeon Master alters the rules?

Let's say you're an Arcane Trickster Rogue, and you play in Adventurers League games. One night, you play at a DM's table, and during combat, when you would normally benefit from Sneak Attack, said DM ...
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Unruly player not playing to campaign alignment

I recently joined a mostly neutral, mid-level campaign. The trouble is that one of the characters decided that his character was going insane, and made himself an insanity die roller (randomly by the ...
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How to approach the GM to tell them that they are a bad GM [closed]

Ok, I need the community's opinion on this. My GM is being . . . not great . . . at his job. I love this group, we have done almost 700 hours together on Roll20, but the current GM is causing me ...
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Being Railroaded (Advice)

So, I'm in a Pathfinder campaign with my friends. However, some of us are not enjoying the campaign. This is mostly in part by the lack of player agency. The world is well developed but we're left the ...
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Can a rogue multiclass into druid?

My young son is stuck playing a 4th level rogue when he really wants to play a druid. He inherited the character from me when he joined the game and the GM is saying he can't swap* (the same GM who ...
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When should I correct my GM during a game?

I'm currently playing dungeon world with a GM who doesn't really like following Dungeon World's rules. As a result my GM often either decides to break the rules or to change the rules. I am of the ...
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How to deal with a problem player who is also a problem DM

Bear with me this situation is a mess. I'm relatively new to D&D and recently found a group to play with. The group meets one a week but plays two different games, one game one week and another ...
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Is a Dungeon Master allowed to change existing rules in Adventurers League play?

So, this question is kind of the driving wheel behind several other recent questions of mine. It has been partially and/or indirectly answered elsewhere, but I'd like this question to centralize the ...
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Must the DM be told before a game what magic items a PC owns?

Recently in an Adventurers League game the DM prevented my PC from using a magic item because I had not mentioned to the DM before the game that my PC possessed it, but I didn't know I was supposed to ...
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How to deal with a player who is a bad sport?

I have a dedicated gaming group that meets every Sunday. We have been playing regularly for over a year now. It's small, just 5 of us including the current DM. We all rotate DM position per campaign ...
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Our GM won't let us affect the story; the more I play the less fun I have. What do I do?

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice or anything on a GM situation. My current GM is running a campaign and it is very video game/anime like. It started out super fun and the deeper ...
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How to approach a stifling DM

I have a bit of a problem with a restrictive DM. In the next paragraph I will rant a bit (understatement) so if you want just skip it. This person is shutting down all my attempts at min-maxing (...
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How can I convince my DM that my diplomacy will work on his characters?

So I’m playing D&D 3.5e with a small group, and my character, a smooth talker whose main ability is diplomacy, was trying to convince one of the DM's characters to come and help him with a quest ...
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How to handle a martyred GMPC as a player?

I'm a player in a one-on-one game with a friend, who is the GM. Both of us control several characters each, which should in theory be getting equal use. (Our game uses FATE mechanics, however, the ...
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Meta DM'ing against Booming Blade [closed]

I currently have a Roguelock Swashbuckler in a campaign, in this campaign one of his cantrips is Booming Blade. Now the DM has suggested already nerfing the cantrip to remove the extra d8 it receives ...
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What do I do if the GM at a convention game isn't anywhere close to getting the rules right?

I once played in a one-shot at Origins Game Fair that was supposed to be a Savage Worlds game. However, the gamemaster wasn't even close to following the rules correctly. It wasn't just things like ...
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How can I deal with a DM I feel is over-exerting control over our characters?

I play AD&D 2e and we rotate DM's every few months. Each one runs a different campaign. When we reach a good point we pause one campaign and switch to another and eventually come back to the ...
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What should a player do if the DM doesn't know the rules?

One of the players in the Pathfinder campaign that I GM started DMing a D&D 5e campaign, and he invited me to play. I started reading the 5e rules the moment he asked. After two session, I ...
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How do I quit powergaming in an unfair campaign? [closed]

I have been playing D&D 5e for a number of months now, just with a group of friends of varying experience, and I'm running into problems whenever one of us DMs. I suppose you could say that I like ...
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How can I deal with a DM and plot device targeting my character?

As always, answers drawing on experience would be ideal. In our session last night, our party faced a number of enemies which, to us, seemed impossible to defeat in combat. The enemies included: A ...
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GM is allergic to criticism; what to do?

I wish that the GM I am talking about was really horrible since, then, leaving the group would be a viable option. No, this falls in the category 'luxury problems' which are never done out of malice. ...
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PCs using disciplinary talk from DM as leverage, leading to group dysfunction

This is a follow up from my previous question (Dealing with 2 Immature Players Who Detract from the Experiences of Others), based on what I think is an unfortunate development since I originally ...
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How can we handle “firing” our DM?

I'm new to the game and new to this site, so hopefully I'm ok in asking for help with a situation that is plaguing our otherwise happy group. My roommate and I have been hosting D&D 5E in our ...
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How to deal with a GM who changes the rules mid-campaign?

I'm in a Pathfinder campaign where we are allowed to use homebrew classes our group has made. I am playing a true-namer. For every cast I must make a skill check, Linguistics, and I've optimized ...
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Dealing with a controlling Player as a Player and a DM

My question revolves around dealing with what I regard as an overly controlling player/DM in D&D 5e For privacy purposes, we will call my friend Boris. For most of us, 4 of the 6 of us, this is ...
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How can I talk to an experienced player about metagaming?

This is my first campaign as a GM and it is going really well but I have been having trouble with a player. This player is a GM of another campaign that I am playing in and in that campaign he has a ...
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How to handle an individual who is a selfish GM and player?

I am part of a medium-sized group of players (6-8 people usually show up) who meet up once a week to RP. Our age ranges are 18-30. We have two GMs in our group, one who is an experienced GM (the ...
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My DM is hardcore railroading us - dropping excessive amounts of hints, regardless of our response

We are playing a D&D 5e game, and our DM is constantly dropping the same hints, and re-iterating the same details over and over again, to try and get us to go where he wants. I've played enough ...
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DM adds overly powerful homebrew items to published adventures

I think it might be similar to this question but from a player's perspective. We have a fantastic DM. He does a great job at running through the WotC content. We finished Phandelin and are going ...
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How should I deal with a difficult group and a DM that doesn't help?

This will seem like a lot of irrelevant information but it will make sense. I'm relatively new to tabletop RPGs, but not RPGs in general. A little while ago, I became interested in playing with a ...
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How to deal with a DM who controls us with powerful NPCs?

I'm currently in a campaign run by a friend, and so far, I'm having a great time. However, he does do one thing that has been irritating to me, he makes all of the important allied NPCs far more ...
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How can I help my GM make the gameplay they provide more interesting?

My girlfriend and I are in a game my friend started a while ago. (We're playing D&D 5e.) It is his first game but we all DM other games at the same time. I feel I have done a lot of research into ...
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What do I do if my DM wants revenge for when I was the DM? [closed]

I ran my first D&D campaign last year for 8 players (too many I know, but they really wanted to play). One player was super excited and made a detailed character and background. Long story short, ...
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D&D 5e PC Problem (Closed) [closed]

One of my PCs created a character that is a farmer, has the soldier background, and is a fighter. His back story is that his parents died and his been looking for their killer every since. The ...
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My DM is my roommate and not a good DM… help?

My roommate is currently running a Final Fantasy X campaign, and my fiancée and I are both in it, along with his wife and two other friends. So far, this DM has: Railroaded both my and my fiancée's ...
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My GM has created a Mary Sue NPC. What can I do to persuade the GM to make her less powerful?

My GM has created a Mary-Sue-type NPC. She is a demigod with thousands of years of experience, and was once an enemy, but is now an ally of the party, though really of only a few favourite players. ...
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Our DM is trying to kill us [duplicate]

So I posted a similar question previously (How can I suggest the DM stop trying to kill us?) which was just about general gameplay; the outcome of which was that is just how the die rolls, which is ...
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Whose job is it to make the game interesting?

My Dungeon Master has made his own story and he asked how it was. I criticized him about his story only being interesting for one character (that has a massive amount of backstory and was made with ...
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Is my DM being too severe? [closed]

I want to know if my GM is being too harsh on us, as this is our first adventure, so none of us are sure. My party just became level 9. I feel that as a party, our AC is low all around. For example, ...
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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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Character not developing with DM's story [duplicate]

I haven't RPed much, only 2-3 games; most of them are never completed due to events happening and the RP can't be continued. In the current game I have made a Chaotic Neutral character, whose main ...
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Can the DM forbid my character from using certain weapons because he “doesn't like them”?

My friends and I have recently become interested in playing D&D and one of my friends has chosen to play the DM for us because he has the most knowledge of the game. He's been helping each of us ...
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The GM disagrees that Black Lotus Extract should require two saves

I am an alchemist level 10, and I used Malignant Poison on my Black Lotus Extract so it has DC 24 and takes two consecutive saves to end. When I affected an enemy with it, my GM succeeded the 1st ...
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How do I deal with a DM who restricts my character options?

This is my third campaign with a DM. He enforces these rules: Only races from PHB 1 are permitted Only classes from PHB 1 are permitted at 1st level Cross-Classing is not permitted until 6th level ...
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What is the origin of the concept of punishing players in-game as a GM?

I have observed GM punishing players by punishing their PCs, often through intentionally implausible, humiliating, and sometimes fatal events. Where and when does this GMing technique originate, and ...
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How do I deal with aggressive/disrespectful criticism?

This problem hit me as both a Storyteller and as player. I joined a "Survival Horror" game of Vampire: the Masquerade; a minor encounter spiraled out of control in the second session. The GM gave us a ...