Questions tagged [system-introduction]

For questions about information, methods, and tools for introducing GMs and players to a system and to help them pick it up.

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How can I ease a player into a table when they expect a hierarchical GM-player structure, and find none?

I am running a game with long-term established players. Our group numbers five, including myself. We have a very clear non-adversarial, non-hierarchical GM-player dynamic: we tell a story together, ...
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Herding Maids to stop being creepy

MAID is a rather fun setting thing. And from a game design standpoint surprisingly well made for a game that is focused around trying to be a funny, sometimes sexy, harem Anime trope. But I have yet ...
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How do you teach someone else how to play D&D?

Someone I know recently expressed interest in playing D&D. This came at the perfect time because I and some other friends were about to start a D&D 5e game. The problem is, I don't know how to ...
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When transitioning from SR5 to SR6, what are the main changes we have to consider?

My group played multiple SR5 runs spread out sporadically over the years, and we are all not experts of the system, so we thought that we might as well transition to SR6 for the next run. When ...
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Where is the Core of Unisystem?

I'm trying to expand the range of universal/generic systems I'm acquainted with, and took a look at Unisystem. I had a very superficial run-in with it in one of its licensed-franchise forms some years ...
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Is there a summary of Nobilis 3rd edition rules for new players?

I want to start a game of Nobilis, but the 3rd edition book is huge (more than 300 pages) and I clearly can't ask my players to read it, even only the rules chapters. I found What are the basics of ...
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What notable differences from D&D 5e should I pay attention to so I can most effectively learn and teach Star Trek Adventures?

I have been GMing D&D 5e for almost two years now and have two consistent groups ongoing. As a Christmas gift, I will be running a game using the Star Trek Adventures game system for someone. I ...
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How can I make GURPS less intimidating for my friends?

I am a huge fan of GURPS due to the customization options as it has a lot of customization options but the mechanics boil down to 'Roll 3d6. If it is below your modifier then you pass. 17 and 18 are ...
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How can I convince new players to read and learn the basic rules before sitting down to play?

Everyone in this story works mostly together. Some work friends and my wife were talking about playing D&D, and I was appointed the DM. I've played the game once 20 years ago, so I've spent the ...
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Preliminary System Introduction: Where to Start?

Genesys has been recommended to me as a system that potentially matches some of the things I've been looking for in RPG systems. I'd like to get a feel for it and do some sort of evaluation of its ...
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Starting with D&D: Starter Set vs Dungeon Master's Guide

I have been GMing Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed. for some time and now want to try something different. I would like to go with D&D 5.0 since it will be available in my native tongue in a few weeks - the ...
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How do I get my family to play D&D with me? [closed]

I have not played D&D in a long time, and I have never been a Dungeon Master. I want to play again. How would I get my family to play with me? I don't have a close group of friends. What would I ...
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How do I season a relatively new solo player?

I've been DMing off and on, mostly off, since AD&D, but in no way claim to be a very experienced DM. Due to schedule constraints, I'm DMing for my daughter in a solo campaign about once a month. ...
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I am completely new to Tales from the Floating Vagabond, how do I get started?

One of my tables has decided that it is time for a one-shot. We wrote a list of systems that look interesting, but we haven't played, and I got to roll. The dice decided that it is going to be Tales ...
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What method can I use to properly set expectations for a group of new players with a history in cRPGs?

Background I have played most cRPGs on the market, but have never player a TTRPG before. I've been reading and watching a lot about D&D 5e for quite some time now, so I think I have a decent ...
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How long is the D&D Starter Set campaign?

I'm pretty interested in buying the D&D Starter Set as a way to get introduced to D&D and being a GM/DM for the first time. Ever since I discovered this RPG Stack, I have read a lot of D&D ...
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What are the basics of the Nobilis 2e system's mechanics, in a nutshell?

Some months ago, I was shown the Nobilis 2e book. I tried to gain a basic acquaintance with the principles of its system, but was soon swamped: it seemed like any explanations encountered in the book ...
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How can I explain how to play D&D to new players without them falling asleep from boredom?

Some of my friends just started playing Dungeons & Dragons [5e] for the first time and don't know anything about how to play. I have tried explaining to them the things that are completely ...
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Can I create a tree structure to my The One Ring games to help guide the player?

I am trying to be a Loremaster (LM) for a session of The One Ring. Right now the only player is my wife, who loves LOTR series. I am trying to create a campaign using the Marsh Bell ready-to-play ...
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What do I focus on in a Fate Core one shot to showcase its differences to my D&D group?

I'm a player in a D&D 5e group that play since about 1 year. I like it, but I find the d20 dice system and plethora of rules to be constraining and coming often in the way of good story telling. ...
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I'm completely new to D&D. How do I get started with the D&D Starter Set?

I picked up the Dungeons & Dragons 5e Starter Set for my 9 year old for Christmas. That is where I'm at. All I've done. I've never played the game before and am totally new. I am pretty sure I ...
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How to explain Nobilis to new players?

I want to try running a game of Nobilis but just character creation takes hours and the system itself is extremely different than what my friends are used to playing. (They tend to either play D&D ...
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Introducing Players to The Dark Eye

I have a few friends that want to test a RPG game for an evening. We are using the German game system The Dark Eye (TDE or "Das Schwarze Auge", DSA). (1) Since there are no introductory scenarios (...
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Resources for Large Groups [closed]

We're starting an offline gaming club here at the school I teach at. I'll probably lead a few D&D 5e sessions to get things started and I thought it might be a good idea to get some input from ...
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How do I explain D&D's rules, but you can do whatever you want, to new players?

I recently brought up the fact that I play D&D to a friend, and a few days later he came back to me and said that he wanted to play. I was excited at the idea and said that I would be willing to ...
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What is Lovecraftesque?

I was looking at another question that was asking a question about Lovecraftesque, and it looked really cool, but what actually is it?
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How do I ease players into Hillfolk?

I would like to try Hillfolk (or some other instance of Robin D. Laws' DramaSystem) with some players, as one particular example of what present-day role-playing games can be like. I have about three ...
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Actual Play of Don't Rest Your Head one-shot exemplar

I'm planning my first Don't Rest Your Head session for next weekend, and I'm feeling like I just don't get it yet. A solid one-session Actual Play recording of a Don't Rest Your Head game could really ...
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Is there a Fate equivalent to the D&D Beginner box? [closed]

I have the opportunity to run an RPG at the local Library games day, which carries with it some stipulations: The players are likely new to pen & paper RPGs entirely. (And if they're not, they're ...
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What is the best way for me to re-learn D&D rules to be a DM and introduce game to kids? [closed]

My daughter, who is about 12, recently was given the Starter Set for D&D. She has never played before and would like me to DM for her and either her friends, her sister, whomever (assume none ...
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Are there any good, free introductory Dungeon World adventures for a DM used to D&D? [closed]

I have been playing & GMing for some time, mostly in various versions of D&D, and other 80s-90s systems. And most of my GMing has been with published adventure modules. I want to try Dungeon ...
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How can I damage or break a foe's weapon?

Can someone provide a step-by-step walkthrough of how to make an attack against a foe's weapon? I wasn't able to find the specifics maneuvers and descriptions on official L5R 4E material (only some ...
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Problems to look out for if you are a D&D group who play Fate for the first time?

Soon I will be hosting my first two games of Fate. One will be an intro-session with one GM and one player and the other will be a more serious gaming session with one GM and three players, which will ...
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Is a Previous Edition's Beginner Set Useful?

I am a complete beginner and have the 199x D&D "New Easy To Master" beginner game and I'm trying to learn 5e. Would it still be beneficial to play through this learning card adventure game for ...
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What is a good way to introduce D&D 4e at a mini-con?

I've been asked by my library to host an introduction to D&D at the Summer Reading Program Mini-Con. Last year, most of the people were new to the game (as in, "the cover art looked cool", or "I ...
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How can I make a short tutorial adventure for Pathfinder? [closed]

How do I design a short "Tutorial mode" adventure for pathfinder? I want to GM one for 2 of my players, to help them get into the normal mechanics of pathfinder, and show them how it works. It should ...
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How do I convince my group to try a new system without always having to DM it first?

I always play roleplaying games with the same friends. We have a lot of fun, but I'm always a bit frustrated by the fact that they always resist when I propose to try new roleplaying games. Even ...
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Is the same page tool overkill for brand new players?

I'm about to run the D&D 5e starter set for a group, most of which are entirely new to RPGs. The Same Page Tool looks like a great resource for a new group playing together, but not necessarily ...
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A published one-shot adventure for a new Numenera GM [closed]

The Backstory: My girlfriend's birthday is next month, and I would like to run a one-shot Numenera adventure at a local game shop as part of the celebration. We both enjoy role-playing very much, but ...
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How do I convey that Traveller and the Outer Veil setting are more deadly than RPGs my players are used to? [closed]

I am about to run the "Beyond the Veil" scenarios for the outer veil setting for Traveller. I am concerned about how to set the tone for players not used to this setting or the ruleset. As death can ...
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What do I need to run a D&D 5E campaign?

I have GM'd several RPGs before that are not D&D (Fate, Deathwatch, Star Wars). We first tried to play D&D using the 3.5 edition and it went horribly — too many books and too many options with ...
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Starting Resources for the New Pathfinder Player

I've been invited to play in a friend's Pathfinder game. I have very, very limited tabletop experience. I really don't want to go in cold (these are experienced players), so while it would be easy ...
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What can I leave out of a first session?

I'm about to run my first session of Mouse Guard. The group has never played it. We'll have a 4 hour session. What should I emphasize and what should I leave out? My feel is that the flavor of the ...
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How to quickly introduce character creation mechanics to new Numenera players?

Situation: Experienced game master with experienced players, predominantly from Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 background, but everyone new to Numenera. I've read the book, and think I have a pretty good ...
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How to get to know my players' expectations?

I am soon starting a new game with a bunch of new people that I have never played with - and some of them I barely spoken to. I am going to be the GM and will introduce them into the setting that they ...
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What are the stand-out features of D&D 5e?

5e is described by its marketing materials as: The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends may tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with ...
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Free Basic-Rules-only adventure to showcase D&D 5e [closed]

With the free release of the 5e Basic Rules, I'm looking for an adventure to introduce myself and my group to 5e (in the spirit of this question): we want to try the system before deciding if we'll ...
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Written Example of Pure AD&D 1e Combat

I would genuinely appreciate it if someone could demonstrate to me here what an encounter using 1e's combat rules would look like. I have read ADDICT, but I am looking for more information. Could you ...
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Shadowrun 5e breakdown/tutorial [closed]

Long time D&D'er, I purchased the 5th edition Shadowrun Core Rulebook. Now I am in a bit of a pickle, as with most things when reading trough the books I usually get a gest of the rules, but I ...
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Short One-Session Adventures for AD&D 1e? [closed]

My group and I are planning to play a simple trial session with AD&D 1e just to learn the basics of the game. We agreed that this adventure would not be connected to the larger campaign introduced ...