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First of all: Don't worry. Having one player that prefers roleplaying over combat is, at least to me, pretty much the default. I think I literally have never DM'd to a table that didn't have that one Bard or Rogue that wants to sleep during combat and gets all excited when they get to a town and they can talk to people. That's normal and usually everyone can ...


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Play for one or more sessions. It is too early to start worrying about that. It is quite possible that he didn't enjoy the fight because he didn't understood his class as well or the combat wasn't stimulating enough. I had a player that didn't like combat that much until I started to sent at them intelligent enemies that used strategy. It was, at least for ...


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Combat can have Roleplaying Just because swords are drawn does not mean that roleplaying has to stop. On the contrary roleplaying is a vital part of keeping combat encounters from being purely mechanical. There are strategies you can use to keep roleplaying in combat: Engage the characters in the stakes of the encounter Combat is one of the ways that he can ...


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Talk with your DM. Really, you are all friends there and supposed to be having fun. There's no point in playing if you're not having fun, and it's ok to leave if the game is not fun for you. You should leave if the game is not fun. But you can try and fix it before going that route, since you clearly want to play. Don't start as a 1st level character: So, ...


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So, the final answer is: you probably (almost certainly) should leave. But there are many major points in your text and I want to talk about each one of them separately, in case you face the same problems in different scenarios or in case other people are facing the same problems, but not all of them together. You are starting over for each character while ...


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So many little things AL Rules First off, you say that the DM is "having us play a combination of I think 2 modules that take place in Faerun and using AL rules." But, "the other party members are level 7 or 8 and each character I've brought starts at level 1". Yes, in AL, you always start at level 1 (Tier 1) so that make sense. But you ...


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Talk to your DM. Keep in mind that this is, above all else, a team game. The goal is for everyone to have fun. It's good you recognize that part of the problem is your own fault-- at least two of your character deaths, anyway-- but that isn't the only problem. Some of it can easily be waved away by the DM. For example, it's unreasonable for each new ...


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Should I continue to play with a frustrating DM? Because we're all keeping track of XP individually, the other party members are level 7 or 8 and each character I've brought starts at level 1 and all of my characters except for my backup character have not made it past level 3. Nope. Start your own game or offer to GM for a bit for your current group. As ...


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Leave. Your question basically answers itself. Let's go over the main points: D&D is usually a combat focused game. Because your character is significantly behind in levels, you are unable to fully participate in combat. Outside of combat, or when you try something creative, you are mocked for it. The DM shows favoritism to one or more other players....


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tl;dr: You do seem to have a problem at the table, but whether or not it's "metagaming" is largely beside the point. Your DM may not be flexible or experienced enough to accommodate your correct guesses, and you may be using the criminal background too expansively. It's probably not metagaming... Using a PC's backgrounds and specializations to ...


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This issue is about group expectations, not metagaming So look, I know that they're using the term "metagaming" in their complaint, and from a straight-up definition it would appear that this "guessing" would not fall under that. So this complaint is misnamed... but then what is the real issue here? Well, just on the face of it, there's ...


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"What could I have done better" seems like a more useful question than worrying specifically about metagaming. Overall if these are newer players, less experienced at role-playing, you could find a way to enjoy knowing what's going to happen while still letting them have their fun: Newer players often expect to play through the fights in order. ...


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Time to teach the table about metagaming. You aren't doing metagaming. Introduce them to this post about metagaming. Point out that every die roll is a meta game activity; none of the characters "in-world" see a d4 roll for dagger thrusts, nor do they see a d20 roll by when making a saving throw. Also have them look up how Bardic Inspiration and ...


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This is something to discuss before and during the game I'm going to approach this from a bit of a different angle than the other answers: you need more meta thinking, not less. At very least you need to consider the meta-game concept of "will my fellow players like it if I do this". The role-playing game scene borrows heavily from popular genres ...


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This Is Absolutely Almost Certainly Not Metagaming Taking you at your word that you've never read or played this module (and I do believe you-- I have no reason not to) then this is not metagaming and you've done nothing wrong. Meta-gaming, very tersely defined, is the inappropriate application of player knowledge to guide character actions. Usually, people ...


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But is it really metagaming when I am just getting lucky with what happens next cause I am playing my character smart and clever? Whether this is metagaming or not, in this context, doesn't really matter. If you really want to know what I think about metagaming you can read my answers on it. In short: all RPG gaming is metagaming because you are not your ...


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It is not metagaming and you should say so. Metagaming is using outside (metagame) knowledge of yours to inform your character's decisions. If you don't know the module you do not a priori have any relevant outside knowledge on that module that the others do not so you cannot metagame the way you are accused of any more than the others can. If you had read ...


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If you are indeed just playing your character and having lucky/educated guesses, then I see no reason for you to tone it down. Unless your character's stats suggest otherwise (low intelligence or wisdom) you should totally enjoy yourself. The only thing you should consider is to let the other players and DM to have fun, too. Roleplaying is a group activity ...


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