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Best practices in portraying racism and its effects in a game [closed]

This question and its fantastic answers help answer NPC interactions with PCs. However, the question doesn't really touch on a immersion level involving NPCs. I don't anticipate my players playing a ...
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How can we encourage a player who always plays characters like himself to try other kinds of characters?

In our group, where three of my friends and I play, one of my friends—let's call him John—always plays characters like himself, and always the same class: a swordfighter with psychic abilities. John ...
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How do I as a player encourage the DM to add better drama?

My DM is running the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage campaign, which is notoriously catering to murder-hoboism. We have currently went from level 1 to level 9 over 12 weeks. This quickly went off ...
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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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Handling a player (unintentionally) stealing the spotlight

Quite recently, I replaced a friend as DM for a D&D game. During that game, I came across something I did not expect: One of the players was just too good. When I am saying "too good" I am not ...
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How do I, as a player, encourage my fellow players to role play?

I am a player in a group of 5 +1 dm. Three of them are wonderful, as well as the DM. They role play, provide commentary, and are great sports when it comes to the game. The last two are a bit more ...
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How do I gain the trust of other PCs?

I'm having a bit of a problem regarding how to roleplay a schemer character when everyone knows exactly what I am. I'm the most veteran player in my group, so, for long I have been setting example ...
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Playing a Character as Unobtrusive and Subservient, Yet Not Passive

In one of the campaigns I'm in, I'm playing an AI/robot that belongs to another PC, and acts as an automated assistant. The other players and GM seem to like the drone's spotlight moments (in the '...
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Does the “6 seconds per round” rule apply to speaking/roleplaying during combat situations?

I've been thinking that it would be great to have more roleplay during combat situations - talk to NPCs and fellow players, exchange banter, find out more about enemies by talking to them, generally ...
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Is using the same theme over and over again a sign of being too attached to a concept? [closed]

I have been playing in several roleplay groups taking place in different systems. I have noticed that while the personality of my character can vary to a degree, I always end up playing with a nature ...
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How do I politely tell my players to shut up about their backstory? [closed]

Disclaimer: I know backstories are good and necessary but here's the issue - Two players have a joint backstory, and one of them is REALLY into it, and it's starting to disrupt game time because he ...
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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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Can a player choose to add detail and flavor to their character's spells and abilities?

I'm not really sure how to word this so I'll detail the situation and hopefully I can not only get an answer but a name for this situation. I was in a game with a regular group doing a one shot as ...
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How can I get people to remember my character's gender?

I really enjoy playing male characters and I'm currently playing a really fun Tabaxi lad! Unfortunately, a lot of my party members (in character) still refer to my character as she/her often. I have a ...
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How can I roleplay a follower-type character when I as a player have a leader-type personality?

Background When I started playing RPGs, I made characters with high intelligence and problem-solving skills. As an engineer, these kinds of characters were similar to myself in real life and suited my ...
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Does using the Inspiration rules for character defects encourage My Guy Syndrome?

The rules on Inspiration, from the Basic Rules state: Typically, DMs award it when you play out your personality traits, give in to the drawbacks presented by a flaw or bond, and otherwise portray ...
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How to play a character with a disability or mental disorder without being offensive?

Two character concepts I've had recently are as follows. Someone who has been permanently deafened by their master as a symbol of their subservience. (NPC) Someone who has had a significantly ...
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Is it okay to suggest a dice roll as a player?

I was wondering if it could be okay in certain situations to ask for, or suggest, a test when I feel it makes sense to do so but the DM didn't ask me to roll a dice? To be more precise, I'll ...
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Where is the difference between Acting and Role-Playing described?

I was sure I had read somewhere in the DMG that Role-Playing was something like Following the personality, desires and fears of the character being played, even if they are not (logically) the best ...
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How can my new character avoid being a role-playing handicap to the party? [closed]

I play D&D-5e online on Roll 20 with a friend and some of his friends. Background Recently in the campaign, a member of our party (neutral alignment) (ab)used his position of power among ...
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How to roleplay my character's ethics according to the DM when I don't understand those ethics? [closed]

Recently in a Pathfinder campaign I encountered the following in a combat situation, after our group made an ambush on a castle inhabited by a small Gnoll clan. Our group clearly had the upper hand ...
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How can I introduce myself to a party without saying that I am a rogue?

I just started playing Dungeons and Dragons again. The group I'm playing with has characters that were already at 3rd level. I came in early to the session, so the DM and I could get my character (...
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Players preemptively rolling, even though their rolls are useless or are checking the wrong skills

Part of this answer made me think about my own situation: It's entirely possible that the ranger is the only one that has a chance at succeeding at the check and thus it would be inappropriate to ...
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Dealing with an abusive player [closed]

Continuing on my last question, which I will congratulate all the answers that I got, some of the answers were about that other player I mentioned. He plays a Druid (lv.3), and he is in a party ...
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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 can I play a dumb and un-charismatic character?

I've got a character I'm thinking about swapping into a campaign, since I'm not having much fun with my current character, because of how passive I've made them. The new character I have lined up is a ...
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How can I roleplay a character that is extremely different from me?

The setting is a low sci-fi world with Burning Empires lifepaths provided. The essential plot will be that the cold war turned into an actual war and ruined the earth. The US clung to their ideals ...
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How to Reduce Anthropomorphism When Roleplaying Uplifts?

A handful of science fiction and even some fantasy settings include animal uplifts. However, there's often a problem with roleplaying members of such species: excessive1 anthropomorphism. This is a ...
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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 to Roleplay a Sapient But Only Borderline Self-Aware Character? [closed]

I'm interested in portraying a character who is both sentient and sapient, and even reasonably intelligent and capable of initiative, but is relatively low on the scale of self-awareness. (Some may ...
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How to Roleplay an Intimidation-Oriented Character Without Being a Net Negative for the Party

Introduction and Context Over the course of almost two decades of gaming, and most of my real life, my experience is that there's a social approach which seems like one of the many workable choices '...
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How can I convince my players that this evil character is good for the duration of the campaign until the big reveal?

There is an NPC that I want to introduce soon, but I don’t want the PCs to be suspicious of her until a later big reveal that she is a major villain. The NPC My game has a woman who is a noblewoman. ...
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How can I make a smart character act smart without prohibiting less intelligent characters from participating as well?

Preface I am playing in a campaign I made myself using homebrewed rules based on a German pen-and-paper RPG called Das Schwarze Auge (DSA; The Dark Eye in English). My Problem I have a very ...
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I deciphered the meaning of a cryptic language out-of-game: should my character know what the meaning is?

I have just started my first D&D 5e campaign, and have encountered a seemingly mind-controlled bandit who keeps writing the same thing over and over on the wall. Our DM wrote out what it looks ...
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Do ability scores force a character to act in a certain way? [duplicate]

As a group, most of the players at our table are fans of rolling for stats. This leads and has led to multiple amazing characters and some .. a bit less amazing. Something that is rather consistent ...
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How do I handle players attempting to intimidate enemies with non-enchantment spells?

I'm a DM for the first time and I'm running LMoP with a group of 5 very experienced players. I have difficulties in handling situations in which the players try to intimidate the enemy roleplaying ...
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How to convince players to trust me, as the player, after my character got possessed?

Recently during a session, my wizard was possessed and her personality was changed to to be, as described by the DM, "She's in charge, and doesn't like it when people don't listen to her. She'll do ...
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How can I convey and sustain a level of realism in a given horror campaign? [closed]

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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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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