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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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How else can I deal with a problem player?

So, I've been DMing for about 5 months now, and I have encountered a problem player. He was one of the two friends that helped get me into DnD, but I don't enjoy playing with at him all. A few of the ...
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Dealing with 2 Immature Players Who Detract from the Experiences of Others

I have read a number of threads here similar to but not the same as the problem my group and I are having (including this thread, this answer, this answer to a similar situation, and this question ...
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One of the players in my party does absolutely nothing

I'm a player in an RPG group that's organised by my school. Another player is playing the party wizard, but I'm fairly sure he was just told to join the group by his parents or something, because he ...
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My warlock is blowing all their spell slots on the easy fights, making the hard fights harder for the party. What do I do?

I have a player that uses their Warlock spell slots a lot. While this is not necessarily a bad thing (they are there to be used), they are effectively expending all of their spell slots on the first ...
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Player abusing narrative freedom

I'm running a play-by-post homebrew game. The game is narrative-driven, so naturally I allow players to make up their own races, backstories, abilities etc., as long as they "don't overdo it" (as I ...
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How to handle a fellow player who has painfully long conversations with NPCs?

Lately, it has become more difficult to ignore that one of the other players in my D&D 5e group takes an excruciatingly large amount of the group's time. What I mean is that they'll get locked ...
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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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My PCs are getting distracted from the main storyline, focusing on their own ventures instead

Ok, I say PCs... but I actually mean PC. I am running a 1-player D&D 5e game for a friend (let's call her Jane), as a way of introducing them to the game. It was only meant to be a "non-canon", ...
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How do I deal with an inconsistent player as a fellow player?

A fellow player in a game that has run for 4 years now has become more and more inconsistent as time goes on. I wouldn't normally be worried about this, however, the player in question is playing a ...
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How to deal with indecisive, overthinking players? [closed]

There are 3 players in my group. One, who is just beginning with roleplaying games. Second one, who has been playing multiple systems for a few years. Third one, who probably has been playing for more ...
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Is there any way to stop a player from charging into every room?

A player at one of the games (D&D 5E Adventurers League) I go to has decided his character is a dumb smasher. This is fine, I have no problem with this. He is in my Friday game and does it every ...
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How do I deal with a player whose character wanders off for no reason?

I'm a new DM looking for advice on a potentially(?) problematic player. One of the players in our group consistently has their character run off. She sees herself as "the wild card" and likes to ...
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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?

I'm a new DM for four people who are all friends (I am also friends with all of them). During the game, I observed one player turn a D20 from a lower number to a higher number a couple times with her ...
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A player always wants to recruit NPCs into the party. How do I handle this?

TL;DR: I have a player who wants to recruit lots of NPCs to avoid putting his own character in danger and to grab more spotlight for himself. I'm concerned about how this will affect challenge balance ...
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How to work with a player who cites ADHD as reason for disruptive behavior

I regularly run an Adventurers League table at a local game cafe. For the last few weeks I've been trying to incorporate a college age player into the group who hasn't worked out at other tables. He'...
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How do I deal with my former DM turned problem player? [closed]

I'm currently 9 sessions in to a brand new 5e homebrew campaign, with a greatly varied party of six players; two newbies, two intermediate players, one very chill wringer veteran, and my previous ...
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How to handle a newer player who thinks you can't be a jerk when doing a good deed?

One of my players seems to have the impression that you can't be a jerk if you are doing a good deed. How should I address it? For example, when pursuing one of his character's motivations, earning ...
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A player is telling me, the DM, what I can and cannot do [closed]

I'm not having fun anymore. I started DMing after the request of two of my friends. I found other players to join the group which makes a group of 6 players now. We're now 8 sessions into a weekly ...
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How do I stop players 'bantering' over other peoples initiative/DM descriptions?

I'm a relatively new DM. I put together a group of 5 all new players who all showed interest and we have a pretty good group. One of the players decided to play a cocky rogue type, which is absolutely ...
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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 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 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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Is it appropriate to remove a Dexterity saving throw when a character is in an inescapable position?

So, one of my players simply refuses to use any common sense and acts with suicidal indifference to obvious traps. For example: In front of the PC stands a medium-sized scale statue of a dragon. Deep ...
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Help with problem player [closed]

In my new group of coworkers, we're finding out that one of the players and his cleric are bringing the party down. He's belittled the others, thrown them under the bus and even sacrificed one of ...
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Do I have to allow someone to play at my table in Adventurers League public events?

One player, a couple of months ago, had a problem about a ruling I made in a tier 1 game. It was a minor ruling in which I gave an npc wizard in a carriage a +2 AC bonus for 1/2 cover. She argued ...
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Player is constantly drawing and scribbling at the table

One of my players is constantly scribbling the current scene or location and characters the PCs encounter. Of course I am happy that he seems to be very engaged in the world and he himself doesn't ...
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Should pc's level for killing one another 3.5? [closed]

I just started the book campaign "The Sunless Citadel" and everyone is new, not new to rpg just new to this particular fashion, they all love the fact I give "limited free will" but that's not the ...
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Artificer melting everything with acid!

So I'm playing a homebrew 5e campaign, and I have one player playing as an Artificer. Who apparently, has infinite acid. This artificer has taken to melting any obstacle with acid, locked doors, bars ...
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How can I get my player to work with the story instead of roleplaying a lunatic?

My play group is currently running a prototype game we made based on Dragon Ball Z using d20 rules; I'm GMing. One player in particular always makes characters that are mentally limited, crazy or with ...
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What do I do about a selfish and controlling player (the DM's best friend)?

I'm currently in my second campaign and have come across something specific to a person in my group. Ill call them the selfish individual. The selfish individual is prone to things like: Butting in ...
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My players are a crude bunch, and I'm having a hard time staying in character among the chatter

I am running a game with 3 players, and we're about 5 sessions in, and everyone is beginning to feel comfortable. This is fine, this is where I want my players to be. However, with a comfort zone, a ...
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My players went from 100% murderous cretins to 100% nonviolent diplomats; how can I achieve a middle ground?

Related: How do I get my PCs to not be a bunch of murderous cretins? History The same group of players and I have played D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder for over one and a half decades combined. We are ...
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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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New girl gamer in our D&D group is causing weird tension - what to do?

I'm concerned because a new player just joined our D&D 5e group and is super flirty with all the male players (both in person and as her character - she's a bard). And the problem is that she's ...
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Hulking hurler is too powerful for campaign, player complains when countered [closed]

I have a PC who is playing as a level 14 hulking hurler who throws rocks that deal 40d6+34 damage [deals 171, 173, and 179 for an example] and is confused when people are thinking that he might be ...
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What to do about a player who takes risks and dies (without consequence)? [closed]

I have a solid group of 3-5 players who regularly play together and I DM for them. One of these players regularly dies during our campaign (sometimes multiple times). I typically allow people to re-...
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How do I get a player to stop being so paranoid? [closed]

Not touching something with a 10 foot pole is almost a constant problem for this kind of player. A past, brutal GM is probably to blame for this player's timidity. The one time they do take a risk, ...
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I miss social cues when roleplaying. How can I get better at not missing them? [closed]

I know, and have been told, that I miss social cues when roleplaying. This isn't a terribly huge deal when the social contract is well-set and explicitly communicated or the gameplay doesn't rely ...
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What can I do to help a player not make antagonistic characters?

One of my players heard that during the second game he played (out of a few) that his characters were always antagonistic to every other character in some way. Personally, as a GM I didn't see this (...
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How to handle a player who tries to actively use the Insight skill [duplicate]

I have a cleric player. Every time the party has an NPC dialog, he announces something like "I looked at him carefully, trying to understand if he is telling the truth", implying using Insight. ...
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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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Am I a problem player? [closed]

I GM, a lot, and have GMed a lot of different systems over the years but since leaving my regular group some 5 years ago over the LGBT-bullying I was receiving I've struggled to find, and keep, a game ...
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Taking Control Back as a DM?

I DMed for the first time last night and it was great besides one aspect. I am running the lost mines campaign with two players and two NPC's (the campaign calls for four or five players, so I wanted ...
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Trouble with player taking things that happen in game personally

Been running a Pathfinder campaign for a couple months now with a group of friends. We all have experience with RPGs before, most of the group with a fate accelerated / homebrew that was run with the ...
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Player claims their wizard character knows everything (from books). Solutions?

I have a player who is an elf wizard and his entire backstory and goal is knowledge related. He made his elf well over 200 years old and claims that his character has read a massive amount of books (...
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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 challenge optimized player with Sharpshooter feat

I recently ran Cloud Giant's Bargain in an AL setting. One of the players had a heavily optimized fighter with the Sharpshooter feat, and was dealing an average of 20 HP of damage with every ...
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Convincing players to put more effort into building their character

I'm playing a campaign with five other players. Our DM allowed a lot of manuals and said there was no problem building as we wanted, as long as we consulted him for important decisions. We ended up ...
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How do I deal with players always (greedily) pushing for higher rewards?

I often get to see players that always want a reward for a quest or a battle, would it be gold or items. They usually try to get the most money out of someone who is giving them a quest, even if their ...
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How can I best deal with this player conflict?

I am new to being a DM. A few months back, three of my friends wanted to play D&D for the first time so I offered to be the DM. Everything was going fine until our most recent night. Basically we ...