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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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Can I choose a Martial Archetype after level 3?

I created a fighter character, and leveled it up to level 3. When I hit level 3, the DM asked me what my martial archetype would be and I said I didn't care, because I didn't know and knowing him, he ...
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How to handle DM constantly stealing everything from sleeping characters? [closed]

In past campaigns, the DM has had a habit of stealing from our characters while they sleep impulsively without any sort of story reason. And not just regular stealing either, they manage to remove all ...
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The other players in my D&D party keep ignoring me. How can I get the other players and DM to consider my input equally?

I wanna preface this whole thing by saying that some of my party get along well and interact with the story - not to mention that outside of the campaign, I get along great with the other players. ...
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My GM is creating situations that I feel are ruining my experience

That does sound a bit harsh, but let me explain. We have been gaming for a few years now in this group. We do have fun, but lately I have been noticing a recurring factor that is impacting on my ...
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How to leave a campaign you've been playing for a long time? [duplicate]

I've been playing a campaign for a while, a year or so (I know this isn't 'long' in terms of some campaigns but it's too long to just drop and say 'it's not my kinda playing style'). It's an online ...
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How do I deal with being envious of my own players?

I am the problem GM in question. I haven't played for a long time. My last two attempts at it were with GMs that represented "no" rather than "yes, but" approach. Often railroaded to the point of ...
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How do I tell my Dungeon Master that her custom feat breaks my character?

I found out today that my DM (in a D&D 5e game) made some tweaks to my character's backstory, specifically some of the formative parts of his 'creation'. These changes are on the border of myth ...
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Is a DM supposed to be against the party? [closed]

I'm a really really new player. Is it good etiquette for a DM to get upset that you're killing or beating their encounter? A guy said he would DM for us in a one-shot. Before we ever started he ...
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How can I reason with a game master who shoots down any magical solutions?

I have recently joined a game and there were several instances where the dungeon master just shot down any idea that didn't fit her plot. We were supposed to have this encounter in this forest with ...
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My GM declines valid dialogue by my character due to his low Charisma; how can I change my GM's mind?

This is the first time I'm playing D&D. As a result, I may have botched the stats of my character. I have a low Charisma stat. However, in my understanding, this should only be a modifier to how ...
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What do I do about a game-breaking ruling on how summoning works?

I'm playing in a 5e campaign, and one of the other players convinced the DM to let him summon animals inside of other animals - for example, summoning a wolf inside of a cow. The player has exploited ...
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Can a DM deny your background if it's from a book? [closed]

My Dungeon Master and I have been at arms for a week now since she allowed another player to kill me while I was away from the game, sick. Now that I've built my new character, she tells me that I ...
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How do I deal with a DM that throws encounters at us that are way above the party?

I'm not sure if the question was worded in a coherent way, but I have recently played in a Pathfinder game and a 5e game and both times the DM (same one both times) gave us overpowered encounters. ...
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How can I tell the DM that I wasn't having fun and that I fault him for it?

Yesterday I was playing one shot DnD 5e and didn't expect that I become salty. The Adventure The one shot start at level 5 and I made sharpshooter fighter and my character was neutral good. So my ...
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I think my DM is consistently faking dice rolls for saves against a specific spell; how do I call my DM out?

I've been watching one of our players repeatedly cast toll the dead (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 169), across seven sessions, and a dozen different combat encounters, and the DM has never once ...
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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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How do I deal with someone who is controlling, both 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. We play at Boris' house. We play once a ...
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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 ...