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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

The easiest way is to stop giving out XP at all. D&D very prominently features the so-called milestone rule in their Hoard of the Dragon Queen/Tyranny of Dragons adventures. They later refined ...
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What's the name of the role of characters who buff teammates?

The term I have heard the most would be Support, as it is their role to assist the other party members. While in a lot of system Healers double as Supports, or Supports double as Healers, they're not ...
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Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin?

In the several years since 5E has been out, I've played at a lot of tables which often do not have a cleric — or any dedicated healer. From this, I think that you really want the healing role covered, ...
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How to avoid favoritism when only one PC pulls on plot hooks?

Gating One simple solution to your problem is sometimes called gating. You simply require something for an interaction, and your talker (below, assumed to be a Human Fighter) doesn't have it. Here are ...
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How to deal with a Chaotic Evil player character as a player

Here's the problem you are having: it doesn't actually make sense for your group to be adventuring together. There's a bunch of do-gooders plus one person who actively sabotages the rest of them. Why ...
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How should I play my character (who is motivated to betray the party) and keep the game fun?

The Hidden Third Option: Don't Play This Character Based on information in the main text of the post, as well as answers to questions in the comments, this character: Has never been played at all, ...
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How can I facilitate a faster pace of play?

You need to be proactive in advancing the story Players taking a long time to make up their minds about a thing is a perennial problem. I actually asked a question about a similar issue a few years ...
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How should I play my character (who is motivated to betray the party) and keep the game fun?

Ask your DM and fellow players for their advice. You are currently facing an all-too-common conflict that is sometimes called "my guy syndrome", where your character has in-game motives for ...
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How can I play a serial killer in a party of good PCs?

Your problem is meta, solve it meta Tell other players, including your DM, that you are planning to play this character that does justice serial-killing. Other characters might feel this character is ...
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Considerations for assigning Constitution buff within the party

Rather than looking at the static details of the character sheets, I'd look at the actual in game results. So don't ask "Who has the fewest HP?" or "Who gets hit the most?", but ...
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A player is unhappy that people are playing the same class. Did I do something wrong?

First off, the whole "no two players playing the same class" thing is a total red herring. There's absolutely nothing wrong with multiples of a class--personally, I prefer it! I was just saying in ...
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How many characters using PHB rules does it take to be able to have access to any PHB spell at the start of an adventuring day?

The minimum number of character is six The Party Our party consists of: Onus the wizard 17 Twofa the bard (College of Lore) 18 Threen the cleric (Tempest Domain) 17 Fourp the bard 18/warlock 2 ...
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What do I do with a player who's always trying to go out on their own to farm XP?

Two possible solutions: If the problem player continues to hunt ahead of the party on his own, sooner or later he'll get in over his head and run into a large Troll or band of Orcs. At which point he'...
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What standard party size is D&D 5e designed for?

As you're aware, the DMG's guidelines for building encounters are designed for parties of three to five characters: The preceding guidelines assume that you have a party consisting of three to ...
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Character abandoning the party

Don't make it your problem. Make it their problem. (The players). If you don't want to run a split party, since it increases DM work load, then before the next game session begins you need to tell ...
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How can I keep a game running smoothly when two of my players decided to pick the same class?

In short, let them play the same class, but check that they play different characters. It's not a class problem You mention that you were worried that they might compete for the same role; this is ...
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How do I keep a party together without railroading?

In practice there is no good way to force them together. A little bit of it can help a little bit, but it only helps a little bit… and the more forcing you do, the less effective it becomes as the ...
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Will it cause problems in a campaign if everyone in the party has the same high stats and the same low stats?

This is an opportunity, not a problem I can understand why you are concerned. I thought much the same in my early gaming days, but with experience I came to realise that it's much less of an issue ...
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Sacrificing character integrity for the gameplay?

No. You probably have opportunities in life to enrich yourself unjustly. And you probably don't. Character A is no different from you. But it sounds like you have a problem, not just a question: It ...
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How to deal with a Chaotic Evil player character as a player

Ask the player "Why?" Have you asked the player why she's doing this? In a meta-game, not-in-character kind of way? Not to be confrontational about it, but is there a reason she's trying to ...
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Is there a mechanic for lowering a character's level for a new campaign?

It's your character, just make it part of your story I don't think you actually need a true mechanic, which is good because 5e has no actual mechanics for XP loss or level drain. But the good news is, ...
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How can I play a serial killer in a party of good PCs?

Develop a code with your DM I've played a similar character before: one that was delusional and paranoid, and became quickly convinced that random passerbys were part of a vast and sinister ...
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Which classes are needed to have access to every spell in the PHB?

One Bard Thanks to the Magical Secrets class feature: At 18th level, you have plundered magical knowledge from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Choose two spells from any classes, including this ...
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Is it appropriate to bring a player character back after they had been "killed"?

In short, my advice would be: ask the player’s permission first, and preferably at the time of “death”; don’t do it if they’re not okay with it; if they are, bring the character more literally back ...
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What's the name of the role of characters who buff teammates?

While Support is the most common name—found widely even outside of RPGs, as video games use it frequently as well—it may be worth noting that the official terminology for D&D 4e—the only edition ...
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How should I play my character (who is motivated to betray the party) and keep the game fun?

Figure out why your character is with the party. What is his reason to go along with them, if the party's goal is so directly counter to his personal goals? Does he have a personal connection to one ...
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Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin?

Yes, a D&D party can function just fine without a dedicated healer. I've played D&D in various forms for the better part of two decades, from 2nd edition, to third, to a high variety of d20-...
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What job in a party does a magus have?

The magus is, ultimately, a fancy fighter. But the differences matter. For the basics, the magus gains four major class features: Spells. One way of thinking about the magus is that the magus uses ...
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A player is unhappy that people are playing the same class. Did I do something wrong?

To me it sounds pretty selfish on the end of the bloodhunter that would rather not be part of the group. Personally, I would tell him that if his character doesn't want to stick with the group, then ...
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Can an NPC healer be part of a party of PCs, and if so, how does that work?

First, I'm going to challenge a presumption you've made. You don't need a healer in D&D 5th edition. It's very nice to have one, but every character can spend hit dice to recover hit points. There ...
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