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Should I prohibit a player from having a character goal that makes me uncomfortable?

Yes. There really isn’t anything more to say; you are playing a game. The goal is to have fun. Being uncomfortable isn’t fun, so why would you agree to spend your playtime on that? This is simply the ...
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How do I deal with my group having issues with my character?

We have only your description of the situation to go by, and therefore we can't fully know the situation. However, what I gather from your description is that your behavior is a very significant part ...
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How to deal with a PC being played as homophobic?

Explain it to them just as you explained it to us: "It makes me uncomfortable and I believe it will make the other players uncomfortable." is a perfectly valid reason to veto a character. It also ...
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How do I deal with my group having issues with my character?

I am fairly newish to D&D. Our group plays every week and I have been a GM before. My character is fairly chill, chaotic neutral I very nearly stopped reading right there, literally at that exact ...
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How to handle players who make unmotivated characters

Your players are telling you that they might not want to adventure. First and foremost, ask your players if this is the case before acting on advice from random strangers on the internet. It appears ...
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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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Can I make a NPC just like a player character?

You can certainly build an NPC using the PC rules. It's even directly mentioned in the Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 282). Beware... However, there's rarely, if ever, any good reason to go that far. NPCs ...
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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

If everyone at the table is ok with it, there's nothing wrong with letting a player have a new character. Everyone is meant to have fun in these games, and if a player would have more fun with another ...
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Can a PC be a lich?

Outside materials for particular campaigns, there is only one official way for a PC to become a lich. The Book of Vile Darkness is detailed in the 5th edition Dungeon Master's Guide (p222). It doesn't ...
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My characters, though different classes/races/etc., always seem to have similar personalities. Is this a problem, and, if so, how can I fix it?

Is this a problem? Only if you think so. I suppose other players might get a little bored of it, but that deserves at most an eyeroll and nothing more—it really isn’t any of their business what you’re ...
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How do I make my single-minded character more interested in the main story?

Change Your Character (And Yourself) It’s a crummy world in which no one ever changes. You can change your existing character in two ways if you think like an author: The other PCs barely know your ...
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

Given that the DM seems to dislike the idea of a change of cast, you are not feeling like playing this character like you're playing it now and your friend seems uninterested in changing his ways to ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

Why not? I'm not sure I see a real problem here. Your player has developed a backstory and suggested that the Charlatan fits within it. There is nothing wrong with any of that! The problems are ...
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The group won't let me use my character quirk

Well, if the player's characters are frustrated and annoyed by your character's quirk then that's just fine. However, if the players are upset then we are heading into my guy territory and that's not ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

The background system is supposed assist character creation, not control it. If you read through chapter 4 "Personality and Background", you should observe that the guidance given is very ...
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How do I keep a party together when they have conflicting goals?

EDIT: Someone pointed out that I (and Luris in comments on the answer) misread the question as players 2 to 5 being upset and demanding to kick PC1 out of the group. Later edits of the question made ...
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How can I roleplay a follower-type character when I as a player have a leader-type personality?

Optimise for fun! I'm also an engineer/solver type. There's no shortgage of us playing D&D. The way I dealt with this is to shift my focus from "solving" the adventure to "solving&...
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How do I deal with my group having issues with my character?

The problem isn't the group, nor your character ... ... but rather your choice to have your fun at the expense of their fun. Your character can only make decisions and choices because you, the player, ...
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Is using the same theme over and over again a sign of being too attached to a concept?

So You're a Specialist Player Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering offer a classification of player types. Among them is the Specialist, and it seems you are one: The Specialist favors a particular ...
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The group won't let me use my character quirk

Play the character you want to play While the results of a random quirk generator can be interesting, that doesn't mean the results will be right for you. There're only so many characters you'll be ...
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How to deal with a PC being played as homophobic?

Talk to the Player-- Privately, Politely, Firmly, and Pre-Emptively This is not something I've faced directly, in the sense of a homophobic character, but I have faced it with misogynistic players/...
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Should I prohibit a player from having a character goal that makes me uncomfortable?

Should You? "Should you" is a question we can't answer-- only you know your level of discomfort, the social consequences of saying no to your player, etc. Can You? "Can you" is a ...
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How to pick a name for a Dungeons & Dragons character

Let's cover a basic premise first: You can name your character whatever you want. Or perhaps more usefully, you can name your character anything your table/playgroup is ok with. I'll get back to that. ...
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How can I roleplay a follower-type character when I as a player have a leader-type personality?

These new characters don't come naturally to me. I have to actively force myself to 'sit on my hands' and contribute less than I naturally would. But you also say: not unintelligent or ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

Read the "Customizing a Background" rule. This is not listed as an optional rule; in a sense, it is closer to the core rules of 5e than feats are (which are optional) and multiclassing. ...
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Can a PC be a lich?

As I understand it, there are two (arguably three) ways to become a lich. First, as you mention, the DMG's artifact Book of Vile Darkness has a sidebar that explicitly states The book could hold a ...
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

The Real Problem: Your Character Has No Stake There is an open question about the game world (does magic exist?) which your PC and the other PC have staked out opposite sides of. The action of the ...
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How can we as players stop being murderhobos?

Decide as a group what game you are playing. You wrote: I would like to play a game where there is more role playing. As well, the other players and the DM are fine with our current situation. You ...
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How can I get my player to work with the story instead of roleplaying a lunatic?

The Same Page Tool The community has developed tools to help align expectations. One successful tool is linked above - the Same Page Tool. I have personally used it with great success in aligning ...
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

Sometimes the game you are playing simply isn't the game you believed you signed up for. Happened to me few times, see first paragraph here for an example. You talked to the DM and to the fellow ...
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