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Questions tagged [roleplaying]

Specifically relating to the process of depicting a character in an RPG. Do not use as a general marker for any question.

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How can I convey and sustain a level of realism in a given horror campaign? [on hold]

TL;DR: How to convey to the players, beyond explicit statements (which sometimes doesn't work), a level of realism that you as GM expect for a given horror campaign? How could this level of realism be ...
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How can I encourage players to role-play using their ability scores?

The physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution), haven't been much of a problem. Feel free to include advice on role-playing these scores as well though. When it comes to the ...
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Suggestions for interesting story explanations/punishments for crit fail on attack roll? [closed]

Playing D&D 5e. I always like to come up with a good story explanation for what really happens when an attack roll is 1. Some of them are easy (e.g. dropping a sword which causes them a delay to ...
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I want to own a tavern, but will it hurt my D&D adventure [closed]

My character really does want to own a tavern after being inspired to do so by a NPC. The original intent of this campaign was to overthrow the "Magic Council" a group of wizards enacting Magic bans ...
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Where is the first description or explanation of role-playing in OD&D?

Does anyone know where the first reference/explanation of role-playing exists in OD&D (beyond "I am x class")? Dave Arneson is often credited with the advent of what we would consider role-...
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What can I do to roleplay better in DnD? [closed]

I have been playing D&D for nearly 2 years with the same character, a female elven monk who is a sage librarian. I was previously in a party where role playing wasn't pushed as much as it is in ...
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As DM, how do I deal with PCs that expect everything in the game to be relevant to the story?

I've started DMing a new group. We've only had two short, 2hour sessions, and most players are new to DnD. I've been a DM before (though just a dozen or so sessions) but in those cases it was with a ...
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Players Develop Backstories Too Much

I keep running into an issue as a dungeon master where my players develop their characters a bit too much. By this, I mean that they'll write up things in their backstories or develop NPCs that aren't ...
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How to show emotions differently for different NPCs?

I'm the DM of the group. This is more of an acting question rather than one about mechanics. As my group and I have progressed through our game I've introduced several recurring characters to it. ...
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How to incentivize actual roleplaying?

On Fate, everything can be turned into an action, a roll of the dice. That means that when trying to convince a character or any other interaction, mechanically it becomes a roll of the dice. And ...
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How to emotionally distance myself from my own character?

I really like playing D&D. There's something about the environment that I find to be amazing for making friends; everyone has their emotional defense barriers slightly lowered, and there are a lot ...
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How can a lawful good Paladin help a lawful evil Giant? [closed]

The story: The Fire giant King has a daughter who was possessed by a powerful Demon. The Daughter is also a powerful evil Cleric with a hundred followers. Under the influence of the Demon she and her ...
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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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How should I deal with a fellow player's sudden decision that affects my character? [closed]

My fellow player and I had started a 5e campaign with the plan that our two characters would be childhood friends that would eventually start a romance together. It worked well for a while, and I'll ...
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How can I design this conversational encounter?

I'm GMing a D&D 5e campaign, and my party is about to participate in a noble ball. I'll use an analogy to make my question clear: there are nobles and people in this ball with valuable information ...
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Is it reasonable for multiple party wizards to share their spellbooks with each other?

It occurred to me that since wizards in 5e are allowed, upon encountering another wizard's spellbook, to copy spells of a level that they can cast into their own spellbook (at the cost of only time ...
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How to handle spontaneous multiclassing? [closed]

Some players like to plan their characters all the way up to level 20, even if the campaign starts at level 1. I would prefer my players to react organically to the story I’m presenting, taking into ...
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How to get into character during a session? [closed]

Through a couple of friends, I got a chance to participate in a one-shot campaign a while ago which I absolutely enjoyed. They did this for me and another person as a way to introduce us to D&D ...
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How do dwarves interact with other races?

I am currently playing a Lawful Good Hill Dwarf Cleric in a DnD 5e campaign. The campaign is Princes of Apocalypse and I do not find information about how they interact with other races. They seem to ...
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How to minimize out-of-character time in Fate Core?

Fate system tends to require a lot of out-of-character interactions. The core of the game is interacting with aspects, which is a somewhat artificial thing, a mechanic that Fate uses, rather than ...
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How do I indicate to my players that an NPC is no longer useful and that they should move on?

I am a rather new DM, still learning stuff. So I have noticed that my characters tend to talk too much with the NPCs, trying to get a lot of information, and probably even trying to 'cheat', thinking ...
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Tips for flirting with NPC [closed]

I play a character that's currently in love with an NPC, but it's not working. I wanted some hints about what to do, and what to say (gestures, actions, etc.) to make him fall for me. Apparently he ...
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Is there a way to ask in game (i.e. in a non-meta way) what a character's class is?

Is there a way to ask in game (i.e. in a non-meta way) what a character's class is? There have been a few times when my character is meeting an NPC (allied combatant) or another PC and it's bugging me ...
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How to quickly get into one-off characters?

After doing longer campaigns for a while, my group is now getting into a series of one shots to try different settings, systems and overall experiences. What I realized so far when playing one-off ...
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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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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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What are strategies to roleplay through a saving throw my GM must make? [closed]

As I try really hard to always be improving my in-game persona through better roleplaying, one area I find difficult is when my abilities cause the GM to roll a saving throw. Are there any strategies ...
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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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Hyperintelligent Tactics

In a game of Eclipse Phase I'm planning, the players are likely to run into a TITAN Delta Fork (a small fragment of the mind of a godlike AI). This Fork has very little access to tech (one or two ...
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How to encourage RP for my players [closed]

As a GM I've been running into several problems, one of them being that, my players more often than not can't roleplay for more that a few minutes, before the game become a dull "dice simulator". ...
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I need some help with idea's with my Blood Hunter Character! [closed]

I am currently playing a Blood Hunter Character in my groups campaign, I have only been playing a D&D for about a year and i am still trying to be better at the Role Playing aspect. I know that ...
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Is there always a “designated” person to lead/move the party?

After have played only a few session (actually 5 sessions of 2-4 hours) I've noticed something that I found quite strange. In our group we are 4 players: I (Newbie), A (Experienced), B (Newbie like me)...
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Rewards for players commitment to the game

In our group, while playing D&D 5e we use the system in which every character that made to next story milestone gets a level. It is good because the party is at the same power level and it is ...
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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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When a Hex Warrior uses Charisma to attack, are they using their will?

This question is in reference to this Warlock archetype: Hex Warrior (XGtE 55,56) You gain proficiency with medium armor, shields, and martial weapons. When you attack with [a weapon you touch ...
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Having trouble roleplaying as a DM [duplicate]

So, this is my first time DMing a continuous campaign. I'm finally (after five or so sessions) getting good grips on a lot of the stuff, but I'm very much still struggling with the role-playing ...
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What to do with a fellow player who tries to control NPCs I introduce?

I'm doing a text-based freeform roleplay with just one other person right now and there's couple of things that they do that bothers me. They started controlling an NPC I introduced without even ...
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How to integrate roleplay, foci, paradigm into casting magick

I was away from RPGs and story telling for some time. I used to run Mage: The Ascension scenarios before, but I had to take a break, and now I want to get back on my feet. I struggled with some ...
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NPC-only interactions by player request

So, my players want the NPCs to communicate with one another more, and I don't know how to handle that without taking spotlight away from the PCs... Anything I can do to compromise?
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Does the GM or Players move the session?

Last sunday I experienced my first session playing a TRPG (D&D 5e Curse of Strahd), and after think about the session I found something that I didn't understand exactly. The session started ...
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Applying Paranoia techniques to D&D 5e?

I have now run a game of Paranoia with my players, and they really enjoyed it. In particular they loved that for once they could turn on each other, they really enjoyed passing me secret notes, ...
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Handling permanent ability damage from cursed items in character

I've been playing/DMing for some time and I'm running an old Planescape module I've updated for Pathfinder. This module contains the cursed item Vacuous Grimoire, which players have a chance of ...
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How do I get other players to ask about my backstory?

So here's the thing: I'm the only player in our group who writes long,detailed backgrounds and it's pretty easy for me since I write stories quite often anyway. I've had 3 characters with our current ...
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Does a PC know the general strengths and weaknesses of their stats?

Recently I had a minor discussion with our DM about whether my character knows that he is not charismatic or not. I believe that my character should know that he is not charismatic, our DM however ...
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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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Looking for material regarding forging alliances [closed]

As a player, I'm the head of a persecuted resistance group, and I need to make friends and allies in order to secure resources. I don't know where to start though, I have many doubts I don't even ...
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What are other sources with information about Lathander?

Backstory I'm playing a Bard in my current campaign of D&D 5e and I'm just taking a level in cleric with Lathander as my god (after being inspired/trained by a Paladin of that same deity). ...
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How can I narrate Charm/Fear/Rage/etc effects in a liberating manner?

Or, How can I implement behavior-centric status effects without giving the players a sense of having lost their autonomy? It's something I have found to be a personal agitant as a roleplayer, and ...
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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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Tips for getting into character [closed]

I'm relatively new to D&D and I'm rolling my second character. While I enjoyed my first one, he didn't have much of a personality. This next time around, I'm aiming to play a Swashbuckler ...