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How do you teach someone else how to play D&D?

Play the game Just play. Give the person a pregen character for the first couple of sessions (something simple, Champion Fighter for example) and just let them play. Don't worry about rules, just ask ...
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How can I explain how to play D&D to new players without them falling asleep from boredom?

Best way to learn is to do, in my experience. I've DMed for a number of groups that have never played before (with players from age 11 to age 56(!!)), and in my experience, they really struggle to ...
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How can I convince new players to read and learn the basic rules before sitting down to play?

I think that if your players say that they learn by doing then it is a good idea to listen to them. Otherwise you will just end up banging your head against a brick wall. The dynamic of every table ...
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How can I explain how to play D&D to new players without them falling asleep from boredom?

I DM for new players alot, and even play with my wife and 8 year old daughter. Boredom is the enemy, even with seasoned players. If a player gets bored, you lose them. Keep things moving, even if ...
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Starting with D&D: Starter Set vs Dungeon Master's Guide

It depends on what you're looking for You're comparing two entirely different products. Starter Set: I have no idea what D&D is and want to DM The Starter Set has everything you need to start ...
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Herding Maids to stop being creepy

Simply encourage correct behavior by awarding or removing Favor points. "Ecchi nano wa ikenai to omoimasu!" ("I think lewd things are bad!") — Mahoro, Mahoromatic The Maids are ...
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How do I explain D&D's rules, but you can do whatever you want, to new players?

How to explain D&D to new players? I like easy questions: don't. Set up a session where you can show them the concepts and be explicit about what you are doing: This is a short session to ...
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How do you teach someone else how to play D&D?

As someone who introduced multiple people to the hobby, in many cases without even having access to a rulebook, I realized that there is just one thing you need to explain to a new player who wants to ...
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How can I make GURPS less intimidating for my friends?

There's GURPS, and then there's GURPS I've played GURPS since it's first (medieval combat only) version came out in 1985. I've memorized most of GURPS 3e and have had lots of success running GURPS for ...
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Starting with D&D: Starter Set vs Dungeon Master's Guide

The DMG is the least useful of the core books First, welcome to 5th edition D&D, the learning curve isn't too steep for this system and you should be able to pick it up fairly easily. Before I get ...
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How can I ease a player into a table when they expect a hierarchical GM-player structure, and find none?

Figure out and pitch your game to your players beforehand "Non-hierarchical" is a standard way of describing the convenient approach in TTRPGs. In a classic game a GM still should neither ...
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How long is the D&D Starter Set campaign?

So this is more of a guess because I played half this module and DM'd it once for another group. If you really just go for main plot and your group is straight forward, then I think it still would ...
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I am completely new to Tales from the Floating Vagabond, how do I get started?

Preface: The most recent resource I played was this digital release on drivethru rpg (2010). I like the game and would play it again. There are some things to know about Tales from the Floating ...
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What notable differences from D&D 5e should I pay attention to so I can most effectively learn and teach Star Trek Adventures?

In my experience, the biggest differences involve incorrect expectations among players about mechanics, setting, and PC behavior 1. Mechanics The Star Trek Adventures game system is a bit odd. My ...
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What is Lovecraftesque?

I'm going to take this question as an opportunity to give you my sales pitch, but let me lead off by saying that following a successful kickstarter the game is in layout, and we're expecting to ...
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How can I convince new players to read and learn the basic rules before sitting down to play?

I have so far used two approaches to this (and since learned a third): Club Style I play in a university club. When I GM, I am always prepared to explain rules, but I only explain them a) when they ...
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How can I convince new players to read and learn the basic rules before sitting down to play?

Treat this as an opportunity to grow together as a group. While you are the only experienced player, you will be learning D&D 5e as a group. Together. That can be a lot of fun. I strongly ...
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Herding Maids to stop being creepy

Not all games are good for all groups, and that's okay. If you wanted me to pick an activity to do with some random selection of the midnight crew at a convention, "improvisational sex farce"...
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How do I get my family to play D&D with me?

If you don't mind playing the most recent edition ... You can do what a lot of people have done over the past 5 years, and get the D&D Starter set, or the more recently released Essentials Set ...
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How to explain Nobilis to new players?

Emphasize the Differences Nobilis, as you've noted is a very different game than almost any other game. As it's been a while, I guess you've probably already figured this out, but this may be of help ...
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What do I focus on in a Fate Core one shot to showcase its differences to my D&D group?

Fate Core supports diving right in (focusing on actual playing), just as much as it supports collaborative story-building. First off, it's important to remember that collaborative world-building ...
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How can I explain how to play D&D to new players without them falling asleep from boredom?

Start with basics and play rather than explain Don't explain, just play. The play's the thing. A good approach is to do the first few sessions in the Theater of the Mind. No maps. No figures....
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How do you teach someone else how to play D&D?

Walk Them Through It Since you've stipulated that they have some interest, I'll assume that they have some basic idea what the game is about, so you don't need to do that. And since you've also ...
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How to pitch Wraith in a responsible fashion without risking traumatizing people?

There are several different angles you can use to pitch a Wraith chronicle. Here are some that I have used. Isekai. The story of a wraith begins as "You're a normal person suddenly shifted into ...
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How can I explain how to play D&D to new players without them falling asleep from boredom?

1. Step One: Explain As You Go There are a few things that are need-to-know from the outset-- character stats, hit points, the other basics of combat (armor, rolling to hit) and, for spell casters, ...
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How can I explain how to play D&D to new players without them falling asleep from boredom?

K.I.S.S. - Keep it Simple Silly I tell beginners or people interested something along these lines: It's interactive story time. One person tells a story and everyone else is one of the protagonists. ...
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How long is the D&D Starter Set campaign?

50 hours over 14 sessions for my group I've recently just finished being DM for a group going through LMOP. They started with four players and ended with five and went through every location and side-...
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How do I explain D&D's rules, but you can do whatever you want, to new players?

Don't explain, just play. ExTSR's shock treatment for a "rules light" approach to D&D is explained here. I've used it without knowing what it was, and it works. The play's the thing. As ...
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