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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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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 can I play dumb?

I have a half-ogre character at my local larp group, and one of the roleplay-enforced restrictions for half-ogres is that they have low intelligence. I often find myself biting my tongue not to say '...
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Up to which point does narrative/roleplaying affect mechanics?

I want to share something that happened a few weeks ago, which I am still wondering about. There were two events: In the first time, in a dungeon, we found several imp-like creatures on a room with ...
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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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Character immersion in Trail of Cthulhu

I am part way through running Eternal Lies, a large campaign that uses the Trail of Cthulhu system. I have three players in the group, and we are generally running into an issue with the flow of the ...
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How can you find a balance between effective/optimised characters and creative characters?

When creating characters, I often face a dilemma between making a character. It feels like they can either be optimized so they can "pull their own weight" or having a character I think is ...
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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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GM Considerations for a Human Barbarian Toddler PC

A player wants to join our campaign and I asked them if they had a character ready to go. They said yes, and I asked them what the character was. "He's a human barbarian, level 1." Me, "Ok, cool, ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to get a un-creative player to get more into role playing

About six months ago myself and 2 of my friends started showing an interest in D&D. We would see funny memes about the "Murder Hobos" and imagined the funny stuff we could do. I took to it very ...
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New player decision paralysis

I'm introducing a new player to RPGs. She struggles to put herself in the mindset of her character and make the decisions the character would make, which is the essence of role-playing. She can ...
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I am looking for a game to ease my friends into role playing [closed]

Let me start with saying it's been many years since I played D&D. I have a group of friends that meet every week to play board games like Descent, Heroquest, etc. The thing is, none of these ...
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How to GM as a Solar NPC who has high Intelligence and Wisdom scores?

I'm considering using a Solar (INT 25, WIS 25) as a semi-benevolent (but also kind of annoying) come-and-go guide of sorts to 3 high-level PC's in an upcoming campaign. While I would like to imagine ...
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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 can I motivate my fellow players?

Although I'm very much enjoying the one of the games I'm in, the other players seem to be flagging and losing interest. This is a bit disheartening as their lack of enthusiasm is bringing down the ...
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Role-play enhancing items [closed]

For my D&D 4E character, I would like to have some sort of role-play enhancing item, something that gives me more options for role-playing. For example, my previous character had an armor shard ...
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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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How do I emphasize role-playing during combat?

Right now, the group that I GM for is very, very tactical-combat focused. To some extent, we may as well be playing a dungeon crawl board game for all the role-play we manage. Now, in and of itself ...
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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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Role playing a character that speaks in rhyme, and making it work well

Pushing my gestalt game (the one that a lot of my questions are based on) to the back burner. I decided to create a hedge witch and be the healer of the group when I get us to our first game. I ...
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How do I deal with high speed, blunt action declaration outside of combat?

Here's an example from a one-on-one playtest I've had, to better illustrate my question: My rogue player got a minor quest from a blacksmith to retreve an item. He instructs her that the road to the ...
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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 can I play a Friar Tuck type of character?

I have a concept for a "fat" yet beefy character with focus on brawling/hand-to-hand combat and possibly quarterstaff combat. The character is a member of a monastery, abbey, or religious order, with ...
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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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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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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 let players know that not every encounter has to be hack and slash? [duplicate]

My players kind of have a habit of, "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, WE MUST KILL IT!" Recently they came across a small goblin camp and one of them (who speaks goblin) verbally ...
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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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How should one properly roleplay a Kender?

For my first campaign ever, we are playing 2E DragonLance. I, not content with my usual lot, chose to play a female kender handler. The first playsession went well, but reading up on kenders (from ...
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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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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 can I strategise IC with the other players when my PC is stupid?

I have a very strong preference for keeping discussions in-character and avoiding out-of-character table talk. The trouble is that my PC is not very smart (an Int 8, Wis 13 half-orc barbarian) but I'm ...
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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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How do you help players not focus on the rules?

Background - My Group's Gaming Style When I GM, I run games loosely from a rules standpoint, and do not feel bound to adhere to what the rulebook says when it doesn't make sense in a given situation. ...
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What is the Stormwind Fallacy?

In the context of another Question here, the Stormwind Fallacy was brought up. What exactly is the Stormwind Fallacy and how is connected to optimization?
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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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