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"Start with a one shot" is effective, even with experienced players. I thought I might have them play short one-shots in various settings against different events, unrelated to the campaign, instead of letting them dive into it and tailoring the beginning around their inexperience. That's what our D&D 5e DM did for our group the first time we got ...


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About a year ago some friends and I - all four of us new to Pen & Paper - started into a campaign prepared by a seasoned DM. His solution to our inexperience was to lay out the basic rules to us, help us create characters (which took a while) and then start into the adventure, letting is getting familiar with the rules along the road. E.g., no magic in ...


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The Lost Mine Of Phandelver pre-gens have quite a bit going for them I agree with everything NautArch said in his answer - talk to your players. Whatever you decide to do, it's much more likely to go well if you have their buy in. That said, you have now clarified that you're playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver module. As a new DM I ran LMOP for a group ...


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Challenging the question: ask your players what they want I'll let others dive into potential pros and cons of using pregens vs player-built, but I think the potential pros and cons should be outweighed by what your players are interested in doing. You should talk to your players to see if they are interested in building their own characters or if they'd ...


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An NPC is a good way to go about it, but if i could offer a bit of advice, make it develop into something more than the npc just explaining. otherwise you may as well just do so yourself. I've actually encountered a similar situation in a previous game of D&D i took over DM'ing because the previous DM/GM was a first timer and felt very uncomfortable ...


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I love ValHallaGH's answer. So true. Table conventions are a group discussion, but if you are new to an already existing group (or seasoned players who often game together), you may find yourself not being in the loop about their established habits at the table. I would like to add a very important part of character creation that needs to be thought about.. ...


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