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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?

Removal of players' agency. While there's something to what others say about same-paging, this seems like a more serious series of GM failures, most of which are pretty much never OK regardless of ...
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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?

Preface I believe strongly that there is no right answer to this question. This is going to be something that varies with the unique chemistry of players, GM, and setting from table to table. While ...
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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?

Some other amazing answers here about how to handle the larger issues, but I wanted to touch on the specific scenario you ran into. You DID make a mistake, that you should avoid going forward. ...
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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?

Frame Challenge: Secrets are usually boring or game breaking Having played RPGs for decades I can say with confidence having in-game secrets mostly leads to two situations: a) boring - the secret's ...
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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?

Restatement of Situation. John and Jim hold a conversation. They have told the location where they hold it to the GM, and that they talk somewhat silently, when asked how loud they are. The GM never ...
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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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What do I do if my players are acting in a way that is meta-gaming and are refusing to accept my decision?

Making decisions for the players isn’t a ruling. The DM is the final arbiter of the rules. The rules. This is what rulings are - decisions about how the mechanics of the game interact. The DM is not ...
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Trolls crashing an online-game

You Seem To Have No Options Even after clarifications, I don't fully understand this game. But I think I understand enough to know that the GM has clamped down on every avenue for dissent or redress: ...
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Trolls crashing an online-game

Unionize. Arrange with all the other players to threaten to all leave, unless the troll is kicked from the game. Collective bargaining. If the GM doesn't kick the problem player, they won't have a ...
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Trolls crashing an online-game

Your only current option is leaving calmly. State to the GM "I am not having fun anymore, and if you don't want to do anything about the people ruining my fun, I'm out." And then if they don'...
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