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Questions tagged [problem-players]

Participants in an RPG who, for whatever reason, contribute to the difficulty of running the game.

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When my players don't think at all, what should I do? [on hold]

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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How can I help/encourage a wizard player with their bookkeeping?

One of my players is playing their first caster in 5e and chose a wizard. Unbeknown to them, the wizard class comes with a fair amount of bookkeeping both in long rests and downtime with their spell ...
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What can I do to help the players remember the rules?

I have a group of players that I have been playing with for a while now. A couple of them have never played before so I understand that they will likely not remember a ton of the rules. I've DMed for ...
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As a player, how do I deal with a spotlight hog?

I’m usually the GM but I’m not this time, and my usual methods of managing spotlight, and hogs thereof, aren’t available to me. I’m at a bit of a loss. We have a player who is very enthusiastic and ...
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As a player with ADHD, how do I avoid disrupting the game?

I read a question by a DM wanting to know how to work with a player who cites ADHD as reason for disruptive behavior. Almost all answers are of course things the DM could do. Now I am wondering, what ...
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I have a problem incorporating a player with ADHD [duplicate]

There's a kid in my High School D&D group with A.D.H.D and he has a lot of trouble sitting still and distracts the other players. He's having a lot of fun goofing off, and doesn't seem very ...
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Is it normal for my players to be this casual about the game? [closed]

I'm a new DM and I'm running a group of new players. We're a pretty casual group and they haven't bought books or dice, and aren't very invested in the game. Is that normal? How much should I ask of ...
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Should a player be allowed to keep a character they used for part of a campaign a year ago?

I have an interesting predicament. One player just entered my campaign after claiming that a year ago, he had leveled this character up to level 2. It's not that bad, but wait. He also claimed that he ...
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What to do about PC rerolling for great stats?

I have a player who in the span of 3 sessions has gone through 5 characters (& made even more, some of which I told them not to play because the stats were too high), because they want "great" ...
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Dealing with in-game love interests between PCs

So, following a previous question about dealing with love interests in a 1-on-1 game this has been brought into our current game. It was one thing to have it in our one-on-one game, but now we have 2 ...
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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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What to do about a character being a thief in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

I am DMing the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. One of my characters is planning on having his ideal be "Stealing is ok if they have something you want", and he says his character will be "skilled ...
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How can I force good NPC reactions to a bad player with Good Stuff?

So, I'm running an Amber Diceless game. One of the characters took 21 points of Good Stuff at the beginning, because they want to save up to 25 to buy Advanced Pattern Imprint after the game starts. ...
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Player is obsessed with shaving my wookiee

We're playing the Star Wars RPG but this problem isn't system specific. It's normal for this group to drop character, usually for jokes and chatter, so that isn't something that can be addressed. ...
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How can I convince a fellow player to stop playing super-powerful PCs?

One player in one of my groups always builds PCs that puts the rest of the party to shame. Even when the player tones down their PCs, their PCs are still considerably better than the rest of us. Their ...
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How could I have dealt with this player (I wasn't the DM) who intentionally made the party do stupid stuff? [closed]

It was a long session. We had an experienced DM, and a highly amateur party who just attacked everything on sight. But that was overshadowed by this one player that would intentionally do stupid stuff....
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What do I do when one of my players argues with me (The DM) outside of the game? [closed]

So my players and I have a group chat where we can all talk. This past week one of the players has been non stop trying to make me mad in the chat involving D&D mechanics and stuff like that. He ...
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How do I get my friends to get into character? [closed]

One of my friends is being really silly at the table. Although it gives us all a laugh, it really doesn't fit with his character or even the game I and my other buddies are trying to play. Does anyone ...
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How to deal with a player that ignores the DM [closed]

I am running a campaign during which all the gods left for various reasons. Because of this, I changed up the Paladin and Cleric classes, by providing an alternate source of power for paladins which ...
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Player being far too pushy, but I don't know how to respond [closed]

I’ve been preparing a campaign group for one of my friends who hasn't been able to get a solid group going. However, one of the people I asked has been... incredibly pushy and forcing me to make ...
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A player is unhappy that people are playing the same class. Did I do something wrong?

How do I deal with people choosing the same class? Can people do it? I have one player who doesn’t think so and is really unhappy about it and is telling me I have to figure out why they should care ...
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How to deal with a player who refuses to learn the description of their spells and abilities?

I am currently running Lost Mines of Phandelver for a fluid group of about 10 people. We play once a week and on a given night 4-6 people will show up. We've been doing this for 4 months now. I have ...
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How do I deal with a loot hungry PC?

I am new to the DM role and I have come across a player that maybe some of you have experience with. His main drive is loot. So much so that he has started pick pocketing and searching enemies IN ...
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How do I DM for a player who gets angry when he doesn't get his way?

The PCs in my campaign are level 5. We are in a major town and a festival is happening. I have a player whose character will spend 20-30 mins trying to convince random female NPCs to sleep with them, ...
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How can we kick our novice roleplayer out of the group for being a poor match, without alienating them from the hobby?

I have someone in my group who is completely new to the hobby. We are now 12 sessions in, and I will most likely need to remove them from the group: Our play styles don't match, and the rest of the ...
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Player already planning on holding the party hostage next campaign

Backstory We had a new player join us mid campaign and he made an eccentric Dragonborn character. The character joined a group of a rather ignorant elf and human who were already at odds with each ...
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Dealing with (supposedly) in-character bullying

There is a member in our current gaming group that has been difficult to deal with and I would really appreciate some advice. For context: We are a group of four people, including the DM, and have ...
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Player getting frustrated because he's dropping to 0 HP frequently - what to do?

Kinda a parallel to this question. Setup My players' party has the following composition of level 2 characters: Ranger, Cleric, Paladin, Barbarian, Warlock and Druid. Not all of them are present ...
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Players get angry if anything negative happens to them

I'm having a tough time handling encounters with the players at my table. Sometimes, if anything negative happens to them they get angry. For example: During an encounter, a hostile NPC Cleric ...
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Party members are about to lunge at each others’ throats (IC and OOC)

I play a WFRP 2e campaign with 4 friends. One of the players is my girlfriend and I am just another player not the GM. Our group consists of 4 humans and 1 halfling. Let's call the halfling player '...
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Advice for dealing with a metagaming player. [closed]

This is my first post here, so bear with me. I've been running a dnd group with some friends over the past couple months. Doing some one off adventures to start but have lately been doing a full ...
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How to handle loot disputes as the DM?

Context Most of the time, Loot distribution is Players' and PCs' problem. From my point of view, I'm responsible for putting the chest with X loot in the dungeon. The PCs being able to find it and ...
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Is there a word for a non-DM who calls out everyone for lorebreaking/rulebreaking?

I have a member of my D&D group who (for much of the time we play) constantly calls out people for not following the rules in the manual to the letter and (much worse) calls out people on not ...
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How to deal with a player “teleporting” to the action?

I have a rather large group playing Year of the Griffon, about 13 players in total, but with mixed attendence. Some just show up every 3rd or 4th session, others have left pretty much, so average we ...
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My group member is displaying disturbing behavior, what do I do?

As the DM, I am becoming more and more deeply disturbed with one of our party members. Here’s a list of things he keeps doing. attacking party members tried to rape a widow (asked if he needed to ...
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As the DM am I allowed to nerf character stats?

One of our guys is a summoner, and I feel he has become overly powerful. He defeats enemies first every time, so he always get first pick* of treasure and loot. As DM, am I allowed to nerf his ...
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Is it up to the DM or to the player to “fix” a tone problem in the group?

Playing in a friend's campaign and the other PC is difficult to play against, to the point that it's frustrating me both in and out of character. The DM and I are playing a high-magic, god-touched ...
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Dealing with troublesome kind of player (actor maybe)

I'd like to ask for some advice/solution to the problem that I have as a DM with one of the players. We're bunch of friends for years, but our first (ever) role-play campaign has started some months ...
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I have an aggravating new party member in my D&D game, what to do?

I am the DM in our group, and we took in a new player. He's experienced, so I figured he could help the other new players. Yet all he does is intentionally screw with the other players! He robs his ...
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What do I do when a player doesn't want to listen to me as the DM?

I am playing with 2 players because no one else can, or wants to, play. One of the players feels like I target him. When he tries to do something that won't progress the game, I let him do it; if he ...
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How to teach gamers to roleplay [closed]

My question really boils down to: How do I deal with pc-gamers who want to play my game as if it were a computer game? I ran a game with several gamer friends, who were more or less new to the ...
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Player wants to steal items from previous character [closed]

I have been playing D&D with a group of my friends for a couple of years, where I have been a player, and soon we will finish our adventure and I will become DM. I want to run my adventure (...
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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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Feeling left out as a character and a player [closed]

Recently my boyfriend, his friends and I started a game of Palladium. The night we all were rolling for our character stats and creating our characters was a lot of fun. This was my first RPG and I ...
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How to retain a player who resents another player?

I am asking this question because I don't think it has been answered by any of the linked questions, and I am on the verge of losing the player in question. How to deal with anti-authoritarian player ...
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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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Dealing with a major edgelord in a two-player campaign with awful party dynamics [closed]

TLDR: Problem player gets upset when attention is not focused on her edgelord OC 24/7, is constantly rude in-character to the only other player, has made nothing but enemies of every single NPC she's ...
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What are some ways to get your party to stop doing stupid things? [closed]

What are ways to stop them from trying to pee on a chest or throw their pet at the enemy or eat a wall?
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Differing roleplay priorities between players leading to conflict

I've been in a D&D 5e group with some people from my high school for a few weeks. The group started with a simple starter campaign (A Most Potent Brew) and continued with a homebrew campaign ...
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Players argue and don't accept rulings to the point of arguments

I have been running a long, epic campaign for 2 years now. Players have come and gone over time; about half have stayed since the beginning. But since they acquired a higher level and well as ...