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How to help a player create a character with more long term motivations?

I am currently DMing a campaign for a player that I will call Will and 2 others. To start off, Will is not really a problem player despite this question being tagged as such. He is engaged in the game,...
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How do I approach my DM about keeping my character balanced and involved after a lot of player churn and uneven play time?'

I am unsure if these kinds of questions are allowed, but if they are, I would like your advice on a situation for I would like an outside perspective. I am completely new to DnD. I never watched any ...
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Should I quit my D&D game because my DM still is showing favoritism? [closed]

Okay to start off, I'm friends with my DM and the other player in our small campaign. I adore them a lot. The DM is nice but maybe a little sensitive to criticism. This group currently is the only way ...
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Being ignored as a player in multiple campaigns

A couple of friends and I have been playing dnd 5e together for a couple of years. They both take turns dming and I'm a player in the games of both. One of the DMs however always ignores me in ...
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Player Conflict [closed]

I am new to D&D and still learning the game. My bf is the DM. I was playing with 2 other characters who are very experienced. In general terms, I wanted to talk to a book that was scried, but this ...
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How can I, as a GM, make players with different playstyles be more moderate?

I'm a GM for this group of players playing Pathfinder 2e, and we're playing an adventure where they are supposed to be city guards. Now, one of the players is taking it to an extreme level of ...
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What do you do when one of your players is being difficult?

I am running a campaign and have been for about 5 months now. All of my players are pretty new to D&D. All except one. He is honestly my worst player despite all of his experience. He is ...
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What to do as a DM if my players are in constant disagreement with each other?

I've facing an interesting issue as a DM and don't know what can I do from my position to solve the problem. My players always argue with each other and are always disappointed by the other side, up ...
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As a GM, how do I build a complete group of players that fit my style and preferences?

I've been GMing for some years now. During that time, I feel like I've developed somewhat of a style/preference with the kinds of games I like to run. While I feel my games can be enjoyed by a variety ...
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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 to approach your DM about an issue?

I'll preface this with a bit of detail about our game. It's all online (thanks, pandemic). We use Discord voice, D&D Beyond, and Roll20. It has been a nice distraction so far. This was my first ...
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What level, if any, of feedback should players give a new GM?

I've recently started playing D&D with a few friends, most of whom are new-ish to the game. Our GM is running their first world, and while their world building is very impressive, when it comes to ...
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When designing a medieval style Tabletop RPG, which style has proven more popular: historically accurate social views, or modern views? [closed]

In the wake of recent events, I've become honestly curious as to what sales figures and/or other social media metrics might reveal about our shifting views regarding what is or is not popular and ...
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To what extent is the DM responsible for resolving interpersonal conflict? [closed]

Interpersonal conflict can arise between any people. If a player has an issue with another player within a gaming group for a game that has a DM/GM/Keeper, what responsibility does a DM have to help ...
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How to keep people from talking over one another

It’s been getting to the point that I now have 8 players, happy and playing together. The problem is, due to lots of talking and yelling between players out of character we get approximately 1/4 of ...
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How do I deal with this very annoying teammate who engages in player versus player combat?

I am playing with some friends over Discord, and one of them makes characters with a bit of a light temper. Not that bad, right? Wrong. If you do something or say something he doesn't like, he makes ...
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What are the objective issues with dice sharing?

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, page 141 says the following (emphasis mine): Common in-game limits include - but are not limited to - [...] Common out-of-game limits include unwanted physical contact,...
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I am a new player in a group. Another player's character has spent their childhood in a brothel and it is bothering me. What can I do?

I am a new player in a group. Another player's character supposedly spent their childhood in a brothel before being sold to pirates; they served on the ship's crew before eventually deciding to retire ...
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How to answer to someone saying D&D is stupid? [closed]

I'm a senior in a US high school, so people's opinions are still very important to me. At my school, the board game club consists of like five people, and in the rest of the school, everyone thinks ...
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What do I do about a prescriptive GM/player who argues that gender and sexuality aren’t personality traits? [closed]

I play RPGs (usually D&D but other stuff too) every week with a group of friends who I’ve known since middle school (~4 years of knowing each other and ~3.9 years of playing RPGs together). The ...
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D&D My character is not interested in flirty NPC [closed]

I’m playing a Drunken Master Wood Elf Monk named Jade. Last session, my party after about a weeks worth of traveling had finally made it to their destination. Our party rested up and then decided to ...
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How to uninvite a friend from a campaign?

I'm am prepping to DM a campaign for some of my friends. Until that starts, I'm just playing in the campaign of one of those friends. A few months ago I had invited a few of them to join the campaign ...
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What to do when I'm forced to make battle decisions by other players?

I've been playing a campaign in which there have been a few instances in battles where I feel like I'm being forced to make some non-optimal moves in battle by the rest of the PC group. For example me ...
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How do I tell my friends that I feel like some of the PCs are being left out?

I am playing in a D&D campaign and there's two main problems I have: My character's personality is very bard-like, but I didn't know what bards were so now another PC is filling that role and I ...
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How can I learn a large roleplay group's norms?

Well, long story short I recently joined a newly opened living world server for Mage the Ascension, though the system itself feels a bit irrelevant as when this happened the roleplay hadn't started ...
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Dealing with an extreme player reaction to a PC choice

Preface We are playing Savage Worlds. My character is an ex-military dishonorable discharge that was granted an opportunity to waive the charge by volunteering for a Black Operation service term ...
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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 can I get rid of drama fatigue as a GM?

I GM several games each with different systems through the week. However with GM'ing so many games comes a certain amount of drama. The type of drama I would have to deal with once two-three months ...
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Accepting criticism as a DM

I've been running two campaigns as a DM for about 7 or 8 months at this point. I've been running it with 2 different groups. The problem that I'm facing, currently, is the perception, from some ...
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How do you balance a group with both charismatic players who enjoy role-playing and introverted players who don't?

I have been involved with RPGs in general for a long time, but have only been involved with tabletop RPGs (like D&D 5e, currently) for a year or so. In my current game (D&D 5e), I play a ...
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Are there statistics on how many encounters-per-day most tables have? [closed]

Is there a consensus on how many combat encounters most players experience in a DnD 5E adventuring day? From the DMG, pg 84: Assuming typical adventuring conditions and average luck, most ...
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How do I manage a player with autism who is at times disruptive? [closed]

I recently gained a new player who has autism and he is making it harder for me to make my campaign. I have never dealt with any like this and I don't know what I should do regarding his disability. ...
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How to deal with a player who makes bad characters and kills them?

This is kind of a two part question, firstly about the bad character thing and secondly wrangling table drama. For context, I am currently DMing D&D 5e Curse of Strahd, with 5 players. Some of you ...
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I have a ruthless DM and I'm considering leaving the party. What are my options to minimize the negative impact to the rest of the group?

I joined a game with a group of friends and a couple of other people I haven't met, one of which is the current DM. While I like everyone in the game personally, the current DM is extremely strict, a ...
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As the Dungeon Master, how do I handle a player that insists on a specific class when I already know that choice will cause issues?

I agreed to DM the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure for a group of my friends. One of them wants to play a wizard. Based on past experience, I know that she will ignore the prepared spells and just ...
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How to handle a player who asks me never ending questions about roleplay things

Recently I started up a new game. I recruited players, got them to make characters, and was ready to have some fun with them. One of the players keeps asking questions. They ask about every detail ...
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How do I handle inappropriate behavior and interruptions in my campaign?

I am a fairly new Dungeon Master playing Waterdeep: Dragon Heist (D&D 5E). I play for 7 people currently (all friends). We have been running for around ten 2.5-hour sessions. For most of them, ...
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As a DM, how do you control a dysfunctional group wanting different things out of a game?

I recently saw a video talking about different kinds of players in DnD and I always understood that people play the game for different reasons. I myself am a roleplayer and enjoy the conversations and ...
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How do I handle a table mixing up the DM and the players' roles too often?

So, after some time I came back to playing live (not online) RPG because a friend of mine, who is used to D&D 3.5, asked me to help him with a 5e table where almost all the players are new to D&...
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What should I discuss with my DM prior to my first game?

I'm new to D&D and am making my first character for a home game. What should I discuss with my DM prior to my first game? And what do I need their permission for? Classes, races and sub-races I ...
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Can a problematic AL DM/organizer prevent me from running a separate AL-legal game at the same store?

I have an self appointed organizer at my local store that is harassing other DMs that want to run AL content. This person has berated myself and another DM at the store for wanting to run AL content ...
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Is there an age requirement to play in Adventurers League?

The people in my local D&D Adventurers League are all grown men who say I am too young to join, even though I am 13. Is that true? Is there a minimum age to play in AL games?
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How much XP should you award if the encounter was not solved via battle? [duplicate]

I have created an encounter with monsters, with their relevant CR and XP. Normally, when the party kills everyone, they are rewarded the XP. If the party chooses to, and succeeds in, resolving the ...
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I'm worried the players at my group don't like me. What do I do? [closed]

Note: This is about a social dynamic, and is loosely related to gameplay. If you want to answer the question, keep this in mind. Or maybe it is gameplay; it could have something to do with how I'm ...
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How can I revitalise a group after someone leaves in a loud way?

I went through some of the Tomb of Annihilation module a few months ago. Due to someone throwing a tantrum (certain things he was saying was true in certain ways, but the way he said it was terrible), ...
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How do I deal with being envious of my own players?

I am the problem GM in question. I haven't played for a long time. My last two attempts at it were with GMs that represented "no" rather than "yes, but" approach. Often railroaded to the point of ...
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Our game master loves running for a large group; we get much more enjoyment from a small group

A fellow player of two years has started to run a game for us. He's the best game master I've ever had the privilege of playing for, and we love our game. However our DM's ambition to run a large ...
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How can I get my players to come to the game session after agreeing to a date?

I have been playing D&D-5e for a while with my friends and a lot of times, when they say they are completely sure they can come to a meet, they end up not coming. I would at least like to get them ...
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Is having explosions as a go-to solution considered bad table manners?

I am working on a Starfinder character who specializes in explosions, whose go-to solution is applying explosives to a problem till it ceases to be a problem. I am afraid I will be perceived as ...
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How can I tell if I am a problem player?

Suppose I suspect that I might be considered a "problem player" but I am not sure. I play using techniques, decisions, or moves that, while not blatantly inappropriate, are atypical or time-consuming, ...
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