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For questions about splitting the party and how to handle issues that result from doing so. "Splitting the party" refers to the player characters temporarily splitting into multiple groups, or to one character splitting off from the rest of the party. There may be a variety of reasons for doing so (e.g. to cover more ground at once, or because the party is unable to agree on a course of action).

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One party member in the tavern, the others doing a heist

There are 4 PC's in the group that I DM: A, B and C (neutral ranger, rogue and warlock) and D (lawful good bard). A, B and C have landed themselves a heist job for the next night. D does not know this....
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Separate Session Starting?

I'm starting a campaign with a few of my friends pretty soon, and I'm going to be DMing. I wanted to find a way to really ground their characters into the world and get to know them, so I think I may ...
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How do I prevent a teleporting artefact from splitting the party? [closed]

During my campaign the players will find a magical diary. The diary is an artefact that, when read, transports the reader into the time period described therein. They can interact with the people and ...
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How to handle teleporting players into another character's memories?

In my world, I have an NPC (Baron) who made a deal with a devil (Stan) which requires Baron to maintain a diary in exchange for immortality. The many volumes of the diary serve to give Baron his ...
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How can I avoid my-guy-syndrome after devastating battle

Short Version: In our group of three in a game of The Dark Eye 4.1, a player got one-shotted at the beginning of a battle, which caused the two remaining players to flee in separate directions. The ...
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Does a Split Party Gain XP Evenly?

I'm running a campaign with six player characters. Since it's a larger group, they occasionally split up. During these times, individual groups have gotten into encounters and been awarded XP. My ...
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How do I deal with a player wanting to do an activity that takes weeks when the party doesn't want to?

I'm currently running a campaign with 5 players at level 3, one of which is a Wizard Dragonborn who's entire character is devoted to becoming a real dragon by the end of the campaign through some kind ...
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One of my players is thinking of abandoning the group and going off on her own, I don't know what to do? [closed]

So, I'm a new DM, this is my first time. One of the players in the campaign really wants to have her character abandon the group during the night or even while they're at a city; and just go off by ...
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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 avoid splitting the party when dealing with a conflict of interests

In the campaign where I'm currently playing, a majority of the PCs worship the same deity and knew each other prior to the start of the campaign. One player, however, is playing a character who was ...
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How can I prevent one character from leaving the group to do his own thing?

I have recently made a rather epic story for my players to play though. (In the sense of a long overarching story). I have been running for a few sessions but a particular player is constantly trying ...
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Should a PC get XP for assisting outside of combat?

Related, but about a PC not participating at all in a combat: Do people get XP for battles they weren't in? Generally, experience points for a combat encounter are divided equally among the ...
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How to handle parallel timelines when your party is separated?

Let's say a four-person party separated into two, with two PCs each. They each proceed to do different part of a quest to speed up progression. The quest is to find two kinds of flowers in different ...
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Character abandoning the party

I have recently started my first D&D game using 5th edition (I'm the DM). For our first few sessions everything worked fine. The players all had fun and their characters were all developing. ...
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How to prevent players from metagaming when they split the party?

Let's say that I have a group of 4 players. During the game they decide to split for some reason (e.g. one group goes shopping, the other goes to the tavern). Now let's say that the group in the ...
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How to effectively divide spotlight time with a split party?

In a campaign I was testing, the party got split. They are now in separate parts of the world, without any long range communication. Now, we have only one day a week to play D&D, so separate ...
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How to handle a group of inexperienced players who split their party more often than I can handle

Recently I ran a steampunk themed one-shot where three of the five players were brand new to roleplaying. The session was successful, everyone enjoyed it and told me they'd like to play again. ...
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How can I allow one character to sneak off and assassinate an NPC without boring the other players?

Setup In my campaign, one of the PCs is an assassin. Before the game started, I gave the player a list of assassination targets. One of the targets happens to be friends with the party's warlord. It'...
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How to keep the group engaged when the party is split?

I recently pitched a game to my group, to which they were receptive. However they pointed out some problems I would have to solve before the game started. The Pitch The game is set in the near-...
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How to follow up the adventure if the party split?

In the last session, the party I'm DMing got into a great fight against the spirit of the valley (a big dire wolf). In the heat of the fight the cleric was bitten to the point that he dropped to 0 hp (...
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Having player characters in different locations in a city

I am currently running Savage Worlds for my gaming group. For some time we have been wanting to do a campaign with a noir/Sin City crime drama sort of feel. I was wanting some suggestions on the best ...
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Tasks for a split party

I'm running a 4th ed game, but I don't think that makes a difference in this case. Last session my party decided to split up for a couple tasks. The hybrid bard/rogue and the avenger (affectionately ...
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