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How do I manage a player who is handling traps by metagaming?

What's wrong with what he's doing? As far as he can tell, this is a good strategy. He's exceptionally tough, and running through traps has worked for him in the past, so he believes it'll be fine in ...
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If I run a game of Paranoia, will knowing the rules lead to a worse experience if/when I participate as a player in the future?

Know the rules while swearing up and down that you don't know the rules. Paranoia 2nd edition has this to say about players and the rules (pg 20): Only gamemasters are cleared to read the Ultraviolet ...
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How can metagaming retries on poor skill checks be prevented?

The best advice I have seen on this issue is from Angry GM’s 5 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenaged Skill System (warning: mild, censored swearing of the $^#% variety). That’s written for D&D 4e, ...
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Can you decide not to sneak into a room after seeing your roll?

The roll represents an attempt to do something; the result of that roll, the result of that attempt. (See PHB p.6, "How to Play.") As such, you can't choose not to attempt to open the door: you've ...
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I deciphered the meaning of a cryptic language out-of-game: should my character know what the meaning is?

Ask your DM whether it's supposed to be viable to decipher it, or whether you were supposed to find the clues in game. Given that they used a genuine (even if simple) cipher and a proper script ...
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As a DM, how to avoid unconscious metagaming when dealing with a high AC character?

Avoid the DM vs Player trap It looks like you may have fallen into that trap, based on how you presented the problem. This isn't a matter of a "fair fight" between a monster (or a group of monsters) ...
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How to prevent metagaming induced by trying to not metagame?

Make their knowledge uncertain Tell them: "This my game and my world. I might change some things that you might have read in the books or the module." Now the player cannot ever be sure that their ...
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How can I find out about the game world without meta-influencing it?

D&D has no world outside of meta-influence Allow me to frame-challenge here: for all intents and purposes, there is no canonical D&D world outside your DM's representation of that world at ...
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As a DM, how to avoid unconscious metagaming when dealing with a high AC character?

This is not metagaming The only AC increase that is not immediately visible in this case is from the fighting style, and that is a +1. All others are readily apparent in the game world, unless ...
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How do I manage a player who is handling traps by metagaming?

Disclaimer: this post is largely a distillation of the excellent advice found in AngryGM's post on metagaming.* All quotes are from that post. (Meta-disclaimer: Angry's posts feature excellent advice ...
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How should I go about stopping metagaming based on Roll20 showing unexplored areas?

They Fail Metagaming, in this context, is a form of cheating, and people only cheat as long as they think it will work. If the cheating doesn't work anymore, then they will probably stop. Examples: ...
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What techniques can I use to seduce a PC without arousing suspicion of ulterior motives?

So just to be clear, you're looking to pull off a con, and part of the con requires seducing the party. As a DM, you're okay with failure, but you would like a reasonable chance of success. Your ...
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How should the DM manage the discrepancy between the player's memory and their PC's memory?

The situation here is complex and hinges on several issues that come up in play, namely player attention, difference in player-character skills, social contract etc. Because of that I'll try to ...
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How can I give a Ranger advantage on a check due to Favored Enemy without spoiling the story for the player?

You make the advantage roll in secret In situations where I don't want players to know they have advantage/disadvantage for any reason I simply roll a d20 for them myself and work out the results. ...
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Do PCs understand the leveling system and its experience requirements?

Not really, but that doesn't leave them entirely in the dark The concept of experience points is an abstraction. As said in the 5e basic rules and on dndbeyond (emphasis mine): As your character goes ...
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Can you decide not to sneak into a room after seeing your roll?

No, and the DM can help weave this into the narrative by saying something like this: A: "I stealthily open the door." DM: "Okay, you stealthily open the door. There's an orc in there. Roll ...
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How to explain to a new player that metagaming is encouraged in this group

There are so many ways to enjoy roleplaying games that we sometimes — often, actually — forget that fact and just assume that how we play is the way. Unsurprisingly, this results in unpleasant things ...
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Should my "average" PC be able to discern the potential of encountering a gelatinous cube from subtle clues?

It depends on what you find to be fun The Alexandrian has an interesting article on Meta-Knowledge and Meta-Skill, in the context of determining whether your fresh faced level 1 adventurer knows that ...
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How to stop a player from looking up monster stat blocks in combat?

I'll offer two solutions, and recommend you perform both of them, though either one might be sufficient. First, tell this player that they are making the game less fun for you, and for the other ...
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How should I deal with metagaming?

I'm going to make one critical assumption about your gaming group. If it's untrue, I don't know if my answer will be helpful: The friendship of the people at the table is more important than the game ...
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What do I do if my players are acting in a way that is meta-gaming and are refusing to accept my decision?

There are a ton of “same-page” issues here You are running into these problems because you aren’t all on the same page about what kind of game you’re even playing. It turns out that “Dungeons & ...
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Is it metagaming if I want to build a bomb?

In this situation: if you have to ask, it's almost certainly meta-gaming. This sounds flippant, but it is not. This could also be construed to apply to any meta-gaming question, but I do not ...
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How do I handle a player asking insistently about game secrets between sessions?

So, your problem is that you have an enthusiastic player... This is a good problem to have. First and foremost: talk to your player in a candid and friendly manner about your concerns and stress that ...
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How do I manage a player who is handling traps by metagaming?

As has been said in other posts, traps can do more than just damage. Why are you just running straight damage traps anyways? If he's metagaming, he's gaming you, not the system. Here's a big list ...
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How do I DM and play a PC at the same time without metagaming?

You are describing a DMPC, or Dungeonmaster Player Character. Many groups frown on this practice, and some folks flat out admonish other from even trying. But it can be done, and done well. Our group ...
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Do characters know they did a poor job if the result of a dice roll isn't automatically obvious?

It Depends This is a matter of Player/Character separation of knowledge and what makes sense. The extent of RAW we have is that you are allowed to try again, but... Multiple Ability Checks (DMG 237) ...
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How would you behave while playing an adventure you were already a DM of?

Roleplay Let's assume you play an elf (which you are not in real life). And you play a ranger (which you are not in real life). The character can shoot a moving target without fail (which you cannot ...
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Was this “severe" metagaming or cheating per Adventurers League rules?

First things first. This is tagged as AL and I will be giving AL answers. First thing striking me is that half the post is about how the Code of Conduct was ignored essentially the entire session. ...
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How do I play in an adventure as a player that I have run as a DM?

Take a back seat While this might be hard to implement advice when you're already a few sessions in, the best thing would be to play a character who does not wish to lead or make decisions. This does ...
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If I run a game of Paranoia, will knowing the rules lead to a worse experience if/when I participate as a player in the future?

No, because while there is a note that players shouldn't read the rules, the joke really is that the players are not authorized to know the rules. Its absolutely fine to read them. Just understand ...
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