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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

The short answer is, “Yes, it is possible.” That’s an almost-meaningless answer, though, because just about anything is possible in a Dungeons and Dragons game, if your DM/group goes ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back?

Story issues I think the transformation of your character could well work out the way you described it, but I think for such a basic and deep change to your characters morality and basic alignment ...
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How can I get fellow Paranoia players to betray each other?

Friend Citizen, are you happy? Are you questioning a well run Alpha Complex staffed by a computer who is honest, fair, and doesn't choose fault randomly? Are you questioning an Alpha Complex not ...
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How much should I tell the DM about my PC's plans?

It is important to note that while the DM does portray your enemies and adversaries, that is not his only job. It also falls on him to enforce the rules of the fantasy world and to present a good ...
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How can a DM introduce a traitor in the party without being outed by Zone of Truth?

Zone of Truth is not what you think it is Zone of Truth only states: On a failed save, a creature can't speak a deliberate lie while in the radius... An affected creature is aware of the spell and ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back?

I like the above answers (and comments) but would like to add, for your consideration, the possibility of making this not just about your character's development, but also the other player's character....
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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

This is a great premise for some brilliant character dynamics and interaction and skipping ahead in time might see you lose most of it. I would either go with Greater common evil - Needs must, eh? ...
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How to prevent metagame in betrayal/PvP scenarios?

Back when I ran Paranoia games, note-passing and backstabbing was a vital part of the game. I would encourage everyone to pass notes to me, and I would pass notes back to them, even if I had nothing ...
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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

Since the group is small and the players are happy with the IC relationship, do not reconcile the characters. Simply give them reason to be in the same place at the same time and let them oppose each ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

Anything is possible. Not everything is a good idea. When one player character betrays the rest of the party, it almost always ends the campaign. Sometimes it just ends the character. If you don't ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

Is it possible? Yes. It's a role-playing game. There are no rules against it, so unless the DM says no, you can do it. Is it a good idea? Usually not. The most immediate reason is that players tend ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back?

So you want the other sword, and you're thinking about your character killing the other PC who has it, though your character is Good(tm) and likes the other PC. Why? Why do you even want it, if you ...
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How to prevent metagame in betrayal/PvP scenarios?

TL;DR: don't be afraid to discuss out-of-character issues out-of-character. I'm interested in solutions as any person involved in the problem, i.e. As the DM handling the situation. As the player ...
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How much should I tell the DM about my PC's plans?

These are tricky situations. If you completely surprise your DM, thare’s a possibility you may short-circuit the plot arc, or torpedo the whole campaign. On the other had, if you tip your DM off, your ...
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How can a DM introduce a traitor in the party without being outed by Zone of Truth?

The key with Zone of Truth is you know you are affected, and are not required to speak. All it does is force the words that exit your character's mouth to be truthful. Generally, you are still in ...
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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

I tend to run my Fate games like TV shows. So that's going to heavily inform my answers. First, I think it's perfectly fine in Fate for characters to not be friends with each other. In a TV show, ...
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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

When it comes to character motivations, I always leave it to the players to explain it. Take the conversation OOC, and give it to the players straight - "OK, Monk has betrayed the party. Now we're ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back?

The road to hell is paved with good intentions Imagine how much good you can do when you become half-dragon! You can change the world, and people will sing about you as a hero! All you have to do is ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

We ran a campaign with 6 people, and back stabbing was a part of the storyline almost the entire time. It got to the point where if you wanted to back stab someone, or become a part of the plot, all ...
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How to get my Paranoia players to stop cooperating and start killing each other?

Have them all want the same MacGuffin I ran into the same problem in a recent Paranoia game. The players had lots of D&D5e experience and tended to work as a party. Until they stumbled upon The ...
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How can a DM introduce a traitor in the party without being outed by Zone of Truth?

Cantrip saves the day Minor Illusion can have this effect (PHB 260, emphasis mine): You create a sound ... If you create a sound, its volume can range from a whisper to a scream. It can be your voice,...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

Yes, certainly it is. One way that you can integrate this into your story in a controlled manner (i.e. in a way you as DM can manage) is to give each character a secret mission from the outset that ...
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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

An important consideration that can help in a situation like this: the reason does not have to be permanent. It is often difficult to find reasons why wildly disparate party members should join forces ...
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How do I get the party back together after a major PvP conflict?

This sounds like a great setup for some really enjoyable character relationships and given where you started from it seems like their differences are probably quite reconcileable IC if you give that ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

Possible? Yes. Fun? Probably not unless you can do it right. I once DMed a game that I would describe as semi-coperative, the players all were given a major objective, but they all came from ...
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How to get my Paranoia players to stop cooperating and start killing each other?

My favorite answer to this question is in the basic equipment list there's a computer loyalty card not unlike those one would get from a cafe or fast food outlet. How the card works is that after ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

It is always okay to betray the party if your character would do so, but consequences are to be expected. I would definitely talk it over with the GM beforehand, but that is not always an option, and ...
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How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back?

The first question to ask is, is intra-party conflict the norm in your game? If you're playing something like Paranoia, or if your group just generally expects a certain amount of infighting and ...
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How to prevent metagame in betrayal/PvP scenarios?

handling this kind of subterfuge in game is the hardest thing to manage. In the case you have presented the player had a perfectly good backstory and reason to act as he did, the one thing I will say ...
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Is it possible to betray the party in D&D?

Depends on the betrayal I suppose. We had a halfling thief who stole from the party at every opportunity. As a player I knew, but they made sure it was never clear to the characters that this was ...
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