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Ilithid-like player character - best practices, inspirations?

Background: I am starting to play a certainly chaotic, not necessarily evil (depending on your viewpoint) character, which is looking for a reason to go adventuring with a group of magic-using, but ...
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How to play a low wisdom character with these flaws and ideals?

I've been roleplaying as my Dwarven Warlock for a short while now, and I've grown quite attached to her as a character. She has a wisdom score of 8, intelligence score of 12 and a charisma of 17. She ...
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How do elves, or other long lived races, act when confronted with much more potent members of the short-lived races? [closed]

Example situations: An adventuring party at the 3rd tier, mostly made of humans in their 20s, and plenty of raw power at their disposal. The Elves are interacting with dangerous individuals several ...
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Novice to Worlds Without Number: Advice on character creation and motivation [closed]

I got invited to join a role-playing group, who would like to start Worlds Without Number (WWN). The group is familiar with role-playing but for me, this is the very first time ever. Therefore, I came ...
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How best to roleplay an agent of the crown tasked with aiding the party [closed]

I am playing an inquisitive rogue joining a level 17 party. The party is already well established, having their own business ventures or terraforming land for their clan and whatnot. My idea for my ...
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How do I roleplay Ziraj The Hunter?

Stipulated that the question in the title is an opinion so that's not the question I'm asking. Background: We are playing Waterdeep Dragonheist and, very temporarily, we are playing the Doom Raiders ...
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My characters, though different classes/races/etc., always seem to have similar personalities. Is this a problem, and, if so, how can I fix it?

This is a question about something I've noticed in my own play style, asked because I want to make sure that I and those I play with enjoy the game as much as possible. I played AD&D and 2e ten ...
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Am I being unreasonable with my role playing of a cursed item?

If a player from my campaign sees this, please don't take any offence to it. It's just I'm really not enjoying the item and can't RP it in a way that other players will care about. My character ...
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Im new to role playing games.Where should i start? [duplicate]

I've played Skyrim but I really want to know where to start for dungeons and dragons.
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What would a character affected by Feeblemind be capable of in 2e?

I've looked through this website for answers but most of the questions pertaining to the spell are for 5e, like this one, where the spell has gone through many generations of changes. It doesn't ...
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How do you handle role-playing NPCs as a DM? [closed]

I DM a 5e D&D campaign. I've been playing D&D for under a year. In this new campaign I'm planning to have a few NPC allies. While I'm able to roleplay less important NPCs, these NPCs feel more ...
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What is your favorite RPG for younger people? [closed]

I have played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons with my younger siblings, but I have found that they can lose interest quickly with all of the complicated rules and slow combat. They want more of the ...
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How to describe & roleplay past torture, prejudice and gender discrimination without upsetting fellow players too much?

In the next adventure I'm going to play a drow male, who was casually bullied, whipped etc. by females of the drow society. That's how that society works, after all. It's in the books. He now has a ...
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How can I show a friend of mine that his behavior is about to make me quit playing?

I'm currently playing at a table using Discord with some online and IRL friends, once a week. All's good in the world, but recently, another friend asked me to join, and after checking with our GM, he'...
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How do I roleplay Prejudice/Xism?

The world is not always nice place, and typically neither are our pretend ones. There are plenty of times in games where Characters may come across others who are prejudiced in some form. Perhaps ...
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How to handle a party's bad choices? [closed]

Not too long ago I started a campaign in Pathfinder 2e, and at a certain point I hinted at an enemy group's location and (superior) strength, while telling the party to go somewhere else and complete ...
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Herding Maids to stop being creepy

MAID is a rather fun setting thing. And from a game design standpoint surprisingly well made for a game that is focused around trying to be a funny, sometimes sexy, harem Anime trope. But I have yet ...
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What are some resources/advice for GMs looking to hone improvisational skills? [closed]

In an effort to prep for a one-shot that I'm running next month, I'm looking for any guides, videos, podcasts, etc. aimed at helping a GM refine their improvisational skills. I'm giving our DM a ...
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How should I play my character (who is motivated to betray the party) and keep the game fun?

My friends and I are playing a custom quest where our goal is to stop Asmodeus from reaching god hood. However, my problem is that I am playing a Warlock (Lawful Evil) who is evil and worships ...
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How do DMs roleplay the shamans in "Danger at Dunwater" from the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure book?

I am somewhat confused by the "role" of the shamans in the Danger at Dunwater module from Ghosts of Saltmarsh. I understand the politics as described, and obviously it is up to the DM to ...
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How should I as a GM handle a player character who has a bad memory?

There is a player in my campaign who's characters defining trait is that they have a bad memory. I like creating mechanical representations of character traits if it makes sense to do so. I've given ...
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How does a low Strength stat translate into the narrative?

I'm having trouble with something. In a ADnD 2e campaign how should a low Strength translate into the narrative/roleplay of the campaign? It's easy to figure out how high Strength would work when ...
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On Role-playing True-to-Canon Elves Despite Fellow Players Promoting Orcs [closed]

While I have read all the 3.5 sourcebooks -- and had some practically memorised, I haven't played that many campaigns. One of the few that I did, I went with a Lawful Neutral Grey Elf Wizard, and as ...
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Elves and Orcs canonically hate each other, but the table wants the party to stay together. What official guidance exists for handling this conflict?

Traditionally, many character races in D&D have been defined to have a race with whom they share a mutual hatred: elves and orcs, dwarves and goblins, and gnomes and kobolds, for example. With ...
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1st Edition Lawful Good woes

I have a few questions I’m hoping more experienced players can help me with. I’ve been playing in a 1st edition D&D game for about 1.5 years now as a lawful good human Paladin. I’m not super ...
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Roleplay pacing in non-combat situations

I am running the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus module and my players are taking very long to approach certain situations. To set an example: There is a gate with two guards who are checking ...
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Group with split likes in D&D game: role playing and combat

I'm running a game for 4 people, 1 of which has played D&D before. I have only ran a first session. This session lasted for about 5 or 6 hours, and it seems that it was a lot of fun for them. I ...
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Roleplaying a rogue thief without stereotypical motivations? [closed]

My group started a Pathfinder 2E campaign at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown which was meant to be a throwaway bit of fun on Friday evenings. As time has progressed we've been playing on a such ...
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As a player, how can I avoid stifling new players but also avoid letting things stall?

I have just started a Cyberpunk campaign. 2 of us are experienced RPG-ers, 1 hasn’t played in about 10 years and the other 2 are complete newbies. The GM is not new to RPGs, but is new to Cyberpunk, ...
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How can I balance slightly erotic roleplay and story based roleplay?

With the epidemic, me and my girlfriend ended up unable to have much contact (not even calls since her roommates are always in the house and it would be really awkward with them.) As a result we have ...
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How would a steel devil act on its own?

Fiendish Codex II says that "[s]teel devils are consummate soldiers. They have no purpose or drive to do anything other than to march in step to battle" (138). However, steel devils aren't mindless—...
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How do I swear in Goblin? Orcish? [closed]

I have a character who speaks Orcish and Goblin in addition to Common. He's got a poor Charisma score, so I want to play him as being rather uncouth, adding a liberal amount of coarse language to his ...
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How to deal with tension created between characters after role-play session?

I am the DM for a long running game, we are going on 2 years, and while there was a rough start and a few changed characters, we have been in a good place. There was a Tiefling Barbarian (original), ...
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How to I roleplay a confident character when I'm not one?

I am not a super confident person IRL but wanted to make a soldier character that doesn’t start confident, a bit childish and as he moves up the ranks he matures. I was wondering how to rp the fully ...
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How do I roleplay animals that are able to communicate thanks to the Speak with Animals spell? [closed]

Unfortunately as the DM, I'm not the creative type, so I'm having trouble with responding as the animal when the ranger uses Speak with Animals. It seems that their only motivations, from insects up ...
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Players get frustrated when they can't solve a hard diplomatic problem. How can I get them to think out of the box?

My players got themselves into a diplomatic problem that they know is probably above their pay grade in terms of difficulty. They spent a session trying to figure out this problem by talking to people,...
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I'm playing a Marilith demon who is leader of a evil campaign. After hitting very high levels, how should I go about keeping the party together? [closed]

During a while of playing a 2e session with multiple 3.5e conversions, I have recently (In the past 7 years) experimenting with playing Evil campaigns and playing Monster characters such as Mind ...
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How to deal with player not having fun and not roleplaying?

First post here, so I apologize if I am breaking some conventions I am unaware of. I am currently running a group of six people through Tomb of Annihilation Spoiler Alert (follwing text may ...
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How do I balance my character's personal story with team play?

The crux of the problem is that to remain true to my character and the situation he is in I feel he wouldn't bring the rest of the party along to something he needs to do. Me the player, however, is ...
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Need a simulation of a lost recording related to a murder mystery game realted to the murder on former UN secretary [closed]

I'm a scout leader in Sweden and I'm preparing a murder mystery for my scouts. We prepare simulated tasks for them so that they gain more intel so that they can solve the mystery of the death of Dag ...
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How to best deal with cliques at the table during "downtime"?

How to best deal with cliques at the table during "downtime"? I'm not the GM, but would like to know what I can say to the GM to help resolve this. I know that it's natural that some players will ...
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How to lead newer players to perform less linearly in encounters?

During a turn, a player has so many possible options, movement (e.g. crawl, climb, jump, grapple...), action (e.g. attack, dash, shove, dodge, hide...), bonus action, and reaction. Also to keep in ...
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Would an intimidated NPC be pugnacious?

My Human Shadow Magic Sorcerer attempted to intimidate a captive NPC cultist in order to extract information from him. After the intimidation succeeded, as announced by the DM, the NPC was extremely ...
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What's a good resource to learn about advanced character and narrative development? [closed]

I've seen the "50 questions to ask yourself about your character" lists. Those are very helpful early on and I still use them after 10 years of roleplay. I think I'd like to move into more advanced ...
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Character development question for a god of Knowledge and Machines: How to make a god an interesting character? [closed]

System We are playing a custom system, and in the system we are all gods that create a universe, having mortals with a primary planet. The mortals are in the early iron age. There is a rotating GM, ...
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Player Characters all picking on one other PC

I DM a Savage Worlds game with six players. I'm coming on this problem where some of the characters tend to bully one of the other characters. For context, the character getting picked on is played ...
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IC conflicts, OC hurt feelings, how did you overcome group conflicts as a player?

I'll try to not go too deep into detail and this might turn into a small rant, so sorry in advance. For easier reading I added some subtitles. ;-) Here is some context My group and I (4 players, ...
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How can I encourage a good role-player to be more creative? [closed]

I'm currently GMing for a new group of people, and I have introduced them to a new rule that I've had success with before. The rule basically states that if you give a cool or interesting description ...
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As a DM, how can I ensure that everyone feels involved when only a single player is driving the story?

I've ran into a bit of a dilemma with a 5e campaign that's soon coming to a close. It's been running for about a year, and one of the primary goals that I had when I started the campaign was to focus ...
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How to fool characters while avoiding metagame

Normally, both player and DM rely on stealth checks and secret messages when one player wants to do something without the rest of the party knowing, regardless of the motivation behind it. This ...

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