Questions tagged [problem-players]

For questions about participants in an RPG who, for whatever reason, contribute to the difficulty of running the game.

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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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A player made a 4th-level character for our new game and didn't tell me. Now what?

I started to GM 5th edition D&D a few weeks back; I am running them through the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. After a few games I've almost already killed two new level 1 characters but I ...
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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 ...
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I created a magic item for one character and another character took it

I'm DMing for a group of friends, and they rolled really high stats… except for the dragonborn warlock who ended up with a Constitution of 6 (-2). (We did use 4d6 drop lowest… the warlock was just ...
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How to deal with a player who makes oddball characters that don't fit the game? [duplicate]

One of my best friends always makes....interesting characters. For example, in anyone else’s campaign he always uses home brew. He takes his homebrew from d and d wiki and likes them because they’re ...
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How can I make and enforce a rule that would prevent PvP fighting? [closed]

I'm having trouble keeping my group's barbarian from attacking the bard I'm the DM of a game consisting of a bunch of guys from school and a couple girls. I have some serious problems with this and ...
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Players skipping side quests just to have a laugh at the DM

Something that's happening frequently at my table recently is that the players are making choices deliberately to waste my preparation. If they see something that obviously took some preparation that ...
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What do I do when a player refuses to accept my decision? [closed]

During our last session, I had a group of town guards obviously too large for them to handle which I had hoped they would try finding a way around. The guards were looking for them because they were ...
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What do I do when problem player does not attend Session 0?

Apologies if this is not the correct place for this question but I'm at a bit of a loss for what to do and would appreciate the advice of an experienced GM. My party have been playing DnD 5e since ...
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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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Should I change the entire campaign to please one player?

So, I'm running my first ever dnd campaign - and I'm having a blast doing it. I've found a really great group of players, who are really accomodating to my newbieness, and I couldn't be happier with ...
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One of my players is mildly making me uncomfortable. Help? [closed]

tl;dr I think one of my players is appropriating a character I've had since 2012, is this ok and if not can I get some help? I'm running a new system that quote-unquote "came out" in November (tl;dr ...
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How to deal with a character that has a cruel/barbarian behavior without having him leave the party?

As a new DM, I've been having a few games with my players, and it has been really fun. However, at some point, a player's character started to genuinely skin a (recently deceased) half-orc boss to ...
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How to resolve fundamental differences in perspective between players and DM about the roles each has in decision making?

To give context: I am a DM running a D&D 5e campaign set in a home-brew setting for the better part of a year. A few months ago I suggested having an alternate "gaiden" style campaign set in the ...
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One person using multiple characters in separate campaigns who will be at war [closed]

In our game, we have a good campaign and an evil campaign. Our DM has us going separate games until the ending battle. We have a player who has decided to have a character in each campaign. Cool, no ...
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How to deal with players who slaughter the innocent

There is a fellow player who is in the group of Pathfinder players I find myself playing with. I only play with him because we have a mutual friend (the DM). He is always trying to attack people for ...
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Problematic Players Help (3/3); Double Edgy Players

Third of three questions, this one concerning both of the previous problem players. Problematic Players help (1/3); Newbie Declaring Solo Problematic Players Help (2/3); The Vanishing Veteran I ...
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Problematic Players Help (2/3); The Vanishing Veteran

A follow on from Problematic Players help (1/3); Newbie Declaring Solo . In that question, I covered one of the problematic players in my online group. But she's not the only problematic player, not ...
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Problematic Players help (1/3); Newbie Declaring Solo

This is part 1 of a 3 part question: Part 2 is here Part 3 is here I'm a GM for 5e, running an online game. Most of the players are brand new to the game, and partially because of that, I've picked ...
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An edgy power player wants to dominate all interactions. Should we ask him to leave?

I've been playing with an Edgy Power Player (henceforth EPP) for 2 campaigns now. For the first campaign, I was the DM, and so I thought I was simply being harsh when I was judging the player. Now as ...
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My players like each other, but don't get along in game as well [closed]

My players just don't get along most of the time. They, and I say that as all of them, get into some kind of argument and don't find a compromise. They sit and argue for sometimes about 20-30 minutes ...
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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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How to deal with a know-it-all player in a Second Life–based freeform RPG?

I'm a first time poster on this stack but have been using it to help out with some online text-based RP. A new player in our Second Life roleplay group is coming in fresh to the online world. He is a ...
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One of my players is a problem player [closed]

I'm an new DM (only 7 sessions under my belt) and one of my friends has been troubling at best. He has been looking up rules and disrupting the game even after I have told him the rule 20 times. He ...
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How do I deal with players persistently arguing for rules loopholes, even after I've tried to finalise my rulings?

TL:DR question is at the bottom. I'm pretty new to being a DM (2nd run) and started with a party of 6 (I know, it's a tough way to start) players who are all incredibly inexperienced. We had a ...
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How to deal with a player that interrupts play?

As mentioned here, I started running a full blown campaign of The Dark Eye after about 4 or 5 sessions to make characters and learn the basic rules with a low impact preliminary adventure set around ...
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What should I do if one of my players doesn't speak at all?

I have a friend who's always late or doesn't come, and when he is in the game he doesn't roleplay well (no speaking, common actions, etc...). I already talked with him and he said that he likes the ...
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How can I balance high-impact characters with “simpler” characters?

We are a group of 5 + me (dm) playing TDE (in German that is). We love role-playing and throughout the last years we developed our own style of playing, which is strongly focused on role-playing ...
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How to deal with a Chaotic Evil player character as a player [closed]

I am taking part in a campaign supposed to be a normal hero adventure. One of our players, who is a first timer to DnD and never really claimed an alignment at the start of the campaign, has pretty ...
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How do I rein in a player who talks over my descriptions?

I am a new DM (although I have played D&D before), and I was very excited to play with my friends, but as we started playing I realized there would be a problem. As I would describe either ...
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Problem with OP Player [closed]

One of the players in our group is really over powered. (I'm a fellow player, not the DM.) He's playing a wizard-rogue that's a few levels lower than everybody else since he missed a few sessions ...
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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 can I help my GM with this problem player? [closed]

I've seen a plethora of responses for problem players, but my buddy's style is one that I'd like to get more specific about. The issue is his play style. Our DM and I have been trying to work with ...
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How to handle immature player as a first-time GM?

It is my first time GM for a Star Wars: Edge Of The Empire campaign, and I've been having problems with one of the players. Most are "mature" when roleplaying, meaning they take the story, and the ...
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How to avoid “My Guy” syndrome while roleplaying a flawed character? [closed]

Related: What is "my guy syndrome" and how do I handle it? A while ago, I ran into an interesting conflict in a game that got me thinking. I was playing in a party with a Knight/Paladin ...
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Handling a character who frequently pickpockets teammates

I am a DM for a small group. One of the players has a very sneaky dwarf from a criminal background and chaotic neutral alignment. The problem is he keeps pick pocketing his Elvish teammates, saying ...
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How to deal with a player's self-interested player character

I am dealing with a new player who occasionally refuses to fight. He is playing a hermetic druid who is only concerned about threats to the forest. If an enemy is not harming the forest, he may refuse ...