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As a DM of a 4-player group, would it be appropriate for me to run a private 1-on-1 session so that one PC can act secretly?

If possible, run the side session on another time or day with just those participating We've actually done this a number of times in a campaign I'm playing in. The players or DM occasionally come up ...
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How can I make the Observant feat worthwhile, but not boring, in a 1:1 adventure?

+5 isn't that much, there is plenty the PC won't notice (for example, in dim light you have disadvantage on perception checks, that means that in dim light the PC will only have normal perception). ...
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Is two-person D&D feasible for any edition?

Completely feasible, unless you're playing 4e As much as people like to pretend you 'need' a Cleric or a Rogue or a Tank or whatever in the party, you really don't. This is true for every edition of ...
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Best character(s) to complement Elf ranger in a duet Lost Mine of Phandelver

I'm going to challenge the frame: I argue you shouldn't make a DMPC to help her. Doing so doubles-down on the power-imbalance that already exists: not only is there the usual GM-player imbalance in ...
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How can I make the Observant feat worthwhile, but not boring, in a 1:1 adventure?

Perception is an opportunity for the GM to introduce new challenges Spotting an object is a hook to a new challenge. If your player can trivially spot many fine details, don't bother rolling. Just ...
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How should I buff a solo PC to survive a Pathfinder Adventure Path?

Your player is going to come across three major issues: They won't have the same amount of resources as a full party (fewer total spell slots, etc). They won't have the same kinds of resources as a ...
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How do I tell my DM that dice don’t need to dictate the story?

First, what your DM does is not wrong. The rules of the game even tell them to use dice however they want (page 236 DMG): THE ROLE OF DICE Dice are neutral arbiters. They can determine the outcome ...
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How to balance combat for a duet campaign with non-frontliner classes?

The default D&D combat flow is not intended to do what you are trying to do; it works really well when pitting two roughly equal groups of three-to-six hostiles against each other, but too many or ...
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What to do with a fellow player who tries to control NPCs I introduce?

In typical freeform textplay it's relatively common to narrate basically everything except for the actions and reactions of other people's player characters. This applies more the longer and more ...
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How do I make quests rewarding for my player?

Try asking "Friend, what are you excited to do during this game? I seem to be putting in the wrong stuff, since you're blowing past lots of the information, places, and people I've been ...
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Is two-person D&D feasible for any edition?

Yes, it is absolutely feasible, but it is different. Yes, I have played more than one edition of DnD with 1 player and 1 DM frequently. You mentioned that you are interested in all editions so I will ...
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Would having a Fate character start at a lower level in a solo game pose problems?

I would not recommend this approach. Fate is not about zero to hero progression. It's about competent, dramatic, proactive characters. I've run long Fate campaigns with only two players, so while I ...
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Is there any guidance on playing DW as a duet?

You can play with two players, but it's going to take some work But you will need house rules and it might not work that well In a video (around 27:45min) on his YouTube-Channel, Adam Koebel himself ...
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What rules exist for running a mixed in-person/asynchronous campaign?

I'm currently a player in something somewhat similar: a West Marches campaign on a dedicated Discord server. Characters live in D&D Beyond (one of the GMs splurged on "all the books", ...
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Is two-person D&D feasible for any edition?

Yes it's feasible; I've done solo adventures in three editions Question How feasible is it to play D&D with one DM and one player? Very. I'm more interested in 5e, because if I were going to ...
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How do I tell my DM that dice don’t need to dictate the story?

You've written that you're in a one-on-one game, and: A roll they'll make is to see if an anime character will show up or not, even though there's been no hints of such character in this world before ...
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How does Dogs in the Vineyard handle solo play?

There are three main difficulties to running DitV as a solo GM for a solo player. 1) Lore. Three stand in authority. Two Dogs can at least find a single Faithful person in a town -- and if they can't,...
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How do I adjust combat encounters for a solo PC?

Before reading further ask yourself: is combat really needed? First of all, Mage the Ascension, and thus Sorcerer, is not a combat-oriented game. It is not D&D. It doesn't use a map, it uses "...
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My PCs are getting distracted from the main storyline, focusing on their own ventures instead

Precis The issue seems to be that you're playing two different games, or desire two different results from the game. You're playing 'cops and robbers' and she appears to be playing 'house.' (Saying ...
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As a DM of a 4-player group, would it be appropriate for me to run a private 1-on-1 session so that one PC can act secretly?

There are pros/cons to both options Your concerns are legitimate; I have experienced exactly those issues in the past. I went into a lot of detail on the pros and cons of running private scenes in my ...
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Are there any guidelines on player point rewards for games with a single player?

The GM can give as many or as few as they like, minimum zero. The guidelines are in the Basic Set (Campaigns book) on pages 498-499. Above all, the GM is encouraged to figure out for him/herself how ...
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How do I design a campaign about stealing?

A game about stealing-- and nothing else-- is a puzzle-driven game. And there is nothing intrinsically wrong with a puzzle game, if this is what you and your player (solo, in this case) both want. ...
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Is there any guidance on playing DW as a duet?

I play DW with my wife, where we each both play and GM at the same time. (It's not the only game we have running, but for some reason it's the funniest one.) Basically: We come up with situation ...
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How do I determine appropriate challenges for a solo PC?

Just don't play when someone is out for a short time I am going to suggest you a frame challenge: if it is just for a week (or even two weeks), don't play during that time. From my experience, it is ...
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How do I adjust combat encounters for a solo PC?

1. Do you really need combat? I am echoing Trish here, but I think this is the heart of the answer and Trish nailed it. While Sorcerer certainly supports combat, that is not what its really best at. ...
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Can the Lore Master also be a Player Adventurer?

What you're talking about is often referred to as a GMPC (or DMPC). They can be made to work, but should be used with care. In particular, there are two issues to be concerned with — spotlight and ...
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What rules exist for running a mixed in-person/asynchronous campaign?

Frame Challenge If the majority of your game is going to be conducted over e-mail, or discord, or some other text medium, and the minority of it is going to be conducted in person, maybe you should ...
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What can I do when a player gets discouraged by low rolls that cause poor PC performance?

Remind your player that they're not Superman Sometimes players see themselves as great warriors - they're a cut above everybody else because they have all these cool abilities. This is probably a bit ...
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How to handle a martyred GMPC as a player?

From my experience, playing the "martyr" GMPC isn't such a bad idea, if only it's used to drive the plot forward. For example, I had a similar game, where I had to use the martyr trope, since the ...
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