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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

I would suggest that you don't need to do anything in particular, at least at first. Consider: Your player is specifically interested in the "'travelling wilderness by themselves' feeling" ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

Metagaming is not necessarily a bad thing here! How exactly you do this will depend on your gamesystem and your table. But "it's what my character would do" always needs to be tempered with ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

Some encounters can be talking encounters Unless your wilderness is completely uninhabited and trackless, there are opportunities to meet others. Examples: Another traveler in the wilderness A trade ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

Introduction Etiquette Obviously you should start from a place that the Table matters. So at some point there has to be a level of metagaming that this new crazy character is joining the party for a ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

In my games, I go with one of two solutions. The most common solution is to say: "Your characters have known each other for a long time, and you're friends and allies. You know that neither of ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

Do you know "The Gamers"? Yes, the 2001 45 minute independent film that every DnD player seems to know. The part you are worried about is one of the tropes: Plug 'n' Play Friends: After ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

Do your players kill every "dangerous" thing on sight? I mean, I don't blame them, necessarily, sometimes that's the only way, but if that is the case, then your job is to give them a verbal ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

I might suggest making portions of the campaign about the journey. What I mean is, thinking about what actually happens in terms of encounters and situations on that journey. For example, I ran a ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

Throw in some "Lone Hero Against Nature" encounters. Read some Jack London or Robinson Crusoe, then have the hero deal with storms, losing their way in the fog, and being attacked by ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

Focusing in on a couple pieces of your question and comments: … a big part of the campaign will involve travelling in the wilderness by themselves … and they're very excited about the character and ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

I would start by talking to the new player. His idea sounds...well, very weird. It sounds cool at first but it's going to start to be a real problem as soon as we get into detail. How many hit points ...
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As a DM, is telling your players what their characters conclude a bad practice?

There are two types of problems related to knowledge that you run into in RPGs: Knowledge that the character would have, that the player cannot know, and Knowledge that the player has, that the ...
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How do I learn to run games in the OSR/old school D&D “Way”, as an experienced 3e/5e DM?

Play There are many pick-up and open table OSR games being run on the 'net, usually with very low barrier to entry. Playing in some and discussing with the referees is a good way of learning the ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

First, make sure your players are really on-board If your players are telling you that their characters would kill that character on sight, they are telling you one of two things: The objections come ...
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How to provide opportunities for role playing in a single player campaign focused on travelling and wilderness survival?

5e D&D has some personality characteristic mechanics in it. They basically boil down to "gain inspiration". Double down on it. I'd also recommend using "gritty rests"; short ...
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