KorvinStarmast
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How can we handle "firing" our DM?
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Tell him the truth, because that's what friends do Sometimes, talking around or avoiding an issue increases trouble, rather than decreasing it. This looks to be a case of that happening. You ...

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Can a Black Dragon Hatchling be raised to be good? Or is it inherently evil?
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Good or Evil: intelligent creatures can make moral choices The alignment specified in a monster’s stat block is the default. Feel free to depart from it and change a monster’s alignment to suit the ...

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Why does “dungeon” mean the places adventurers go to kill stuff?
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It began with going into a "Dungeon" (the areas underneath a fortress) during the development of the game Dungeons and Dragons. According to Gary Gygax (in an interview with Dungeon #112), ...

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How can I prevent players from using Persuasion or Deception to weasel their way out of a murder?
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Treat the Orcs as though they are an organized crime family. If you murder a member of the Mafia, or one of the nefarious narco gangs of the modern age, do you think you'll get away with it? Will ...

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My own Party are ruining the game for me. What should I do?
126 votes

Short answer: stop playing with people who abuse you What could I do if most people are just going to keep on stealing what I earn and making the game not fun to play? You are being picked on. ...

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Why do artifacts exist in the DM's Guide if you can't get them easily?
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113 votes

Try not to treat the DMG as a shopping list The thing is that it doesn't seem very plausible to get these items. D&D 5e isn't designed as a video game with "must have to beat the game" items....

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Players get angry if anything negative happens to them
108 votes

It might be time for another session zero: expectations adjustment. If there wasn't uncertainty regarding success or failure for a given event or attempt during play, we would not be rolling the dice. ...

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Managing a Medieval Low Orbit Ion Cannon
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It Will Only Change The World if You Let It - which might be fun How should one DM proceed if his or her group manages to seize control of a superweapon that could change the lives of the entire ...

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Can a new player join a group only when a new campaign starts?
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Is it possible to join an existing game? Yes ... but ... ... there appears to be a small group dynamics issue that needs to be addressed. (More on that at the end). Joining a campaign that is in ...

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As a DM, how to avoid unconscious metagaming when dealing with a high AC character?
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104 votes

Avoid the DM vs Player trap It looks like you may have fallen into that trap, based on how you presented the problem. This isn't a matter of a "fair fight" between a monster (or a group of monsters) ...

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Is the DM Always Right?
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The DM is charged with making rulings on a huge variety of things that go on in the course of playing the game. You can make your case for why you think it should be a given way, and then await a ...

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Player may be manipulating die rolls, but I'm uncertain. How do I approach the situation?
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93 votes

Use a Rolling Tray I don't want to accuse someone of cheating if they were not, but I also don't want cheating to continue if it is in fact occurring Since another player has already mentioned ...

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What can I do when I accidentally gave out an overpowered item?
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The Brinks Job, The Italian Job, Willow, or Charlie Varrick? the players worked their way through a series of fiendish traps into a high security vault, where they recovered a Staff of the Magi. ...

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As a GM, is it bad form to ask for a moment to think when improvising?
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No, it is not bad form Regardless of how much immersion1 you are trying to achieve, you are still a table full of people playing a game. When you run across a situation that surprises you as GM, or ...

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Am I overreacting or seeing things where they don't exist?
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You are not overreacting. Your reaction is normal. If you are used to a team-based RPG, and you encounter a "every PC for themselves" party, and are not aware that this is the basic tone of ...

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How can I deal with a 'soft' alpha gamer player?
80 votes

I've been that player; how did GM's get me to back off? The best GM at handling my over-eagerness to help a novice player had 3"x5" card that he'd hold up to me. On it was written three ...

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What happens if a creature is killed between its attack and damage rolls
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78 votes

The damage roll is not disassociated from the successful attack The basic rule of combat is that if a creature successfully hits, it does damage. That's the whole point of rolling the dice. (p. 194 ...

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Is there a way to make an Invisible Stalker-like player character?
75 votes

I told him no right off the bat...But he's extremely insistent about it Just tell the player "no," again; you are allowed to do that as DM There are a number of reasons for this. An invisible ...

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Why are psionics controversial?
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Added complexity versus added value The core objection to Psionics in a Swords and Sorcery / Fantasy RPG (for those who do find it a problem) is rooted in two issues: Damage done to the suspension of ...

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Player character wants a gun in a prehistoric campaign. What to do?
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You are the DM, you can say No, although "No, but ..." also works You are not required to change your world to accommodate a single player. What are the other players creating, as ...

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Is the Levitate spell supposed to basically disable a melee-based enemy?
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You didn't miss any rules; levitate can do that if used cleverly Your party's wizard was being clever and resourceful. And your question has in it the key to your answer: the enemy did not make the ...

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How can a Cleric be proficient in warhammers?
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Two cleric domains get proficiency with martial weapons in DnD 5e, and dwarves have a racial proficiency Cleric Domain PHB p. 62 and 63 identify Tempest and War Domains as having martial weapon ...

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Why did the designers make Werewolves *immune* to most non-silvered damage?
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Tradition The lycanthrope has been a standard monster since the game was invented. From OD&D Monster Manual(1974, Monsters and Treasure) (Lycanthrope): Only silver weapons or magical ...

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The group I DM for insists on rolled stats, but I don't want unbalanced PCs to cause group conflicts later
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66 votes

This answer includes a frame challenge. 0. Let go of the fallacy of perfect balance What I am looking for is a good resolution, or compromise, so that my players don't feel slighted and no ...

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My DM asked me to stop roleplaying hostility toward another PC, but it fits my character
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You may be encountering My Guy Syndrome. There is a fine line between role playing in depth and falling into "My Guy Syndrome" where the cooperative fun at the table between players is influenced in ...

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Is there any way to keep a player from killing an NPC?
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65 votes

You were not being a jerk Both of your players were offered agency: the one got the chance to attack an NPC and the other got the chance to interfere with a murder. If the player who attacked the ...

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Why do druids use scimitars?
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65 votes

It Isn't Based in History You won't find the answer to this element of your question in that form: ... rather an outside source that shows the historical connection) to show the origin of ...

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What does "minmax" mean?
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63 votes

Minimization and Maximization for Optimization Min-max (minmax) comes from using mathematics to solve optimization problems. An example is finding the maximum area for a given perimeter. As applied ...

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Player getting frustrated because he's dropping to 0 HP frequently - what to do?
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63 votes

The answer to both of your questions (this and the parallel one) is the same: Stop giving all of the NPC attackers the same initiative. That step right there eliminates the focus fire problem. ...

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How to make a villain when your PCs are villains?
61 votes

Build a criminal network as your BBEG I have had success over the years in using the Organized Crime family model (an example is mentioned here) to provide scalable challenges to parties of good, ...

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