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The Dark Eye is a Pen-and-Paper RPG originally created in Germany under the name "Das Schwarze Auge" (DSA).

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How can I convey to my group that they have to discipline their murderhobo?

Introduction I guess most GMs have had a group of murderhobos in their sessions before and there are quite a few nice answers dealing with how to react to them, these threads have nice answers, but I ...
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How can I communicate to my players, that I like them to roleplay their skills more?

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). I heavily influenced the character ...
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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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How to deal with players who take up most of the time by doing solo actions?

I am sure this has been asked already, as this is probably a very common problem, but I didn't find anything. I am playing in a campaign I made myself using homebrewed rules based on a German pen-and-...
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Cannot find Wood Harness reference

In the The Dark Eye Aventuria Compendium, page 215 has a break down of the stats and equipment for the Dajin-Buskur template. Its equipment section makes a mention of a Wood Harness as the first item....
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Is there a given fixed constellation starting point for various astrological bodies to calculate their position from for any day?

I might need to calculate the position/phase of various astrological items for my TDE troupe in the year 1013 Bosparans Fall... and while I know some of their cycle timesDSA2 - Enzyclopaedia ...
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How to deal with a player “teleporting” to the action?

I have a rather large group playing Year of the Griffon, about 13 players in total, but with mixed attendance. Some just show up every 3rd or 4th session, others have left pretty much, so average we ...
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How to stop players from trying to gauge success of meta-ideas via meta questions?

I am running a campaign in The Dark Eye, the Year of the Griffon to be exact. Due to having quite an abundant downtime by having taken initiative quite early the group had about 2 and a half months ...
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How to deal with a player that interrupts play?

As mentioned here, I started running a full blown campaign of The Dark Eye after about 4 or 5 sessions to make characters and learn the basic rules with a low impact preliminary adventure set around ...
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How to give the players more felt impact on the “Battle of the Silkwiesen”?

Today I started playing "The Year of the griffon" with my DSA (TDE on German) group (after about 4 or 5 sessions to teach rules, make characters, learn a bit about the pre-orc-invasion Griffon March). ...
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How can I balance high-impact characters with “simpler” characters?

We are a group of 5 + me (dm) playing TDE (in German that is). We love role-playing and throughout the last years we developed our own style of playing, which is strongly focused on role-playing ...
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What is the life expectancy of different Races?

How well defined are the boundaries and how many years does a Human Elf Half-Elf Halfling Dwarf Gnome Ogre Orc Half-Orc Golem Giants normally, in average, have in DSA5?
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How to handle social skills in combat?

Is there any official or community guidelines on how to handle the use of social skills in combat in The Dark Eye 5? Sometimes one of my players would like to intimidate an attacking orc, while in ...
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Where to Find the Level 1 Focus Rules for Hit Locations

I am trying to find the Level Focus rules that are talked about on page 49 of the Aventurian Bestiary under the special rules of the Giant Stag Beetle. Weak Spot: The giant stag beetle has PRO 2 on ...
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Make NPC death most dramatic

For reasons that would take to long to explain here, my campaign requires are certain feel of fear and paranoia for my PCs. There will be quite a few failed assassination attempts and so on. I'm ...
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How can I run a large battle in The Dark Eye?

I assume we all know the epic battle scenes from the Peter Jackson's movie version of LotR: Return of the King: Cinematically speaking, it can't get any more epic than this. Creating such a battle ...
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(How) can the Nameless One interact or interfere with mortals?

Background Information A few friends of mine and myself recently got together and played 2 adventures of The Dark Eye (TDE). As a GM, I made the mistake of not clarifying that heroes are good by ...
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How to deal with rumors

Me and my friends just started got into p&p and I am currently preparing our 3rd session of TDE 5. While playing our first adventures we don't know how to deal with rumors. I checked the rules we ...
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Tiredness Effect

In The Dark Eye/ Das Schwarze Auge v5, there are multiple 'status effects' (Zustände) a hero can be in. One example would be "poisoned", or "afraid", or "in pain", all having consequences on the ...
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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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Players Characters don't meet the fundamental requirements for campaign

I'm planning to do a DSA (The Dark Eye) campaign. I told the players what characters I need in the campaign (at least one character strong in fighting, one in socialising with royals, and so on). The ...
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Number of actions to access equipment

After it came up in the last session, i wanted to try and find Information on how long it takes to draw a weapon (from a scabbard, from your back) or a shield (from your back) or things from a pouch/...
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How to help a player choosing the right character-class?

Let's consider a player, whom we shall call Bob. Bob loves to be a warrior and loves exiting stories about how he's the best in killing others and about how badass he is. Bob's pretty new to Pen &...
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Do benefits from a talent on a given spell only apply during character creation?

When I buy a talent for a single spell, I can improve the spell ability at a lower cost. Does this hold universally (i.e. during advancement) or only during character creation?
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The Dark Eye Universe: maximum plausible value of abilities for new character

I want to play TDE again after more than 15 years. I need some help gauging things plausibly. TDE 4.1 has a rule for how much you can increase an ability. I believe it is highest involved ...
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What counts as “sunlight” for the Albino and Fear of Light weaknesses?

My rules are in German. I hope I can make myself understood nonetheless. I haven't played the game for 15 years. I now want to play it again, using a character that is interesting because of his ...
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When do I announce my parry?

In Das Schwarze Auge (4.1), when do I have to announce that I want to parry my enemy's attack? Do I have to declare that before his attack is rolled and I know if he hits me or not, or can I wait to ...
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Recommend large, complex, logical dungeons

I did not find the right question, so if this has a duplicate, simply relink this question. As a treat for my players I would like to master a very good dungeon. Good means: It should be free or so ...
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What are the main differences between version 4.0 and 4.1 of The Dark Eye

The underlying rule system of The Dark Eye was changed dramatically from version 3 to version 4, the major change including the introduction of a point based - rather than luck based - generation of ...
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Which systems use character development mechanics similar to The Dark Eye? [closed]

I have long been only exposed to D&D and therefore it was quite intriguing to see how The Dark Eye (in it's v4) takes dice and levels completely out of character development. Been wondering ...
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Dealing with leaving players

Somewhat similar to this, but this is a different case with different answers (Or so I hope). I've been playing "the dark eye", my PnP of choice, for a few years now and have recently taken up GM'ing ...
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Koschbasalt / Blaubasalt vs. Magic Traps

I hope there are even Das Schwarze Auge/The Dark Eye players around here... Is it possible to neutralize magic traps (traps created by applicatus or similar spells, not arcanovi) using Koschbasalt ...