TimothyAWiseman
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How did towns mundanely protect themselves against Dragons or bring them to the ground?
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Hope the dragon doesn't come I'm being a little facetious obviously, but in the fiction of Forgotten Realms for most towns (as opposed to a large city) without nearby adventurers the plan for a dragon ...

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What should I do about another player who randomly starts PVP?
23 votes

Talking to the group out of character is probably a better approach for what you want. As I understand it, you, out of character, are getting annoyed by something that the other player is doing in ...

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Am I being unreasonable with my role playing of a cursed item?
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I believe it is reasonable, but beware "my guy" syndrome... Not only do I think your take on it is reasonable, it is the one I would take. A cursed item is not meant to be "unequipped&...

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What to do as a DM if my players are in constant disagreement with each other?
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Consider eliminating character death Towards the end you suggest that some of the problems come from the fact that part of your group is very worried about character death. As the DM, you have the ...

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How do I make sure magic item distribution feels fair when there aren't enough items to go around?
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Handling of the treasure is generally left to the players Tables vary and as Thomas Markov said, you can directly ask your players how they want to handle treasure. But the way I handle it, and I ...

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As a GM, how do I make sure a self-contained session (an episode or one-shot) reaches its completion within the designated session length?
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This is hard, but there are a few things you can do to help. I have often wanted to do this, but in practice it is incredibly hard. It is even harder to do without impeding the fun of the players. TV ...

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How can I limit crafting and material-searching without limiting player agency?
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1. Apply time pressure One way to handle this is to give them quests that explicitly have timelines. If they go resource harvesting, they lose the quest. This is similar to what you described with the ...

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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?
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It wouldn't work even if D&D was a physics simulator I second everything that Upper_Case and ThomasMarkov have said, but there's another problem. Even if D&D were a physics simulator, this ...

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With the lifespan of elves, would you ever encounter a low-level elf?
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This question has a lot of excellent answers, but even with all of the answers there is one thing I think has not been directly stated by anyone else. Years of Experience Means Very Little In the real ...

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How can I convey my disappointment in players ignoring huge hints
46 votes

Discuss the type of game you should have The answer of "talk to them" comes up so often it is almost trite on this site, but it is the correct answer a lot of the time. In this particular ...

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Broccoli games: or, how do you deal with unfun sessions before you get to have fun again?
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If they serve an important purpose, you just sort of get through them with as a much grace as possible, but if not skip them. Games are supposed to be fun. They are hobby. You are probably not being ...

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Tracking Ammunition consistently in a Hell made of Bullets
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Don't This requires buy in from everyone at the table and it does make the game slightly less gritty. That said, in Shadowrun and in most TTRPGS I play, only track ammunition that is special in some ...

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Is it reasonable to have an extremely overpowered GMPC accompany the party early on to let them with enemies that they can't overcome on their own?
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You are asking two different questions in the title and the body and they have different answers. Is it reasonable to have an extremely overpowered gmpc accompany the party early on to let them safely ...

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How to handle when a player wants the DM to hard-bend the story for his/her epic idea of outcome?
12 votes

Conduct a new session 0 Session 0 is essentially a term for a discussion with the group about the expectations of the group as a whole for the game, how it will run, and what everyone wants out of it. ...

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To what extent is the DM responsible for resolving interpersonal conflict?
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Generally, none at all, or at least no more than anyone else at the table. This depends on the social contract in place at the table in question. But most social contracts are informal, rather than ...

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When is it appropriate to contest a DM?
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Never The GM is the final arbiter of the rules. It is never appropriate to contest them, and you cannot really win such a contest. What is often called Rule 0, that the GM makes the final call, is in ...

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Good house rules for 1-on-1 game
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I recommend not using house rules. This is a bit of frame challenge, but I do one on one games from time to time. While I do homebrew a lot of items and equipment, I do not use any overarching house ...

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How do I help a player terrified of their character dying in combat?
6 votes

Consider eliminating death There are several good options presented, but I think another option that hasn't been mentioned yet is worth considering. Eliminate death from your game. There are several ...

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Can only Wizards become Liches?
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There was an older book called Van Richten's Guide to the Lich that went into more detail then any other supplement I am aware of on Lichs. This is from 2e so it well predates 5e, but you tagged your ...

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How to answer to someone saying D&D is stupid?
28 votes

Are you sure you want to defend it? I am well past my teen years, but I started playing D&D in middle school and played during high school. Most of the other students didn't understand. Some were ...

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What do I do about a prescriptive GM/player who argues that gender and sexuality aren’t personality traits?
56 votes

This does sound like a disagreement over the rules and can probably be fixed by relocating relevant information on the character sheet. You say you don't want answers that say "That's not how ...

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Sustainable farming of humanoid brains for illithid?
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17 votes

It depends, but the absolute minimum is probably 11:1 The answer depends on what assumptions you want to make, though it is safe to say that the minimum to be able to do it reliably is 11 humans to ...

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How can I handle a player who seems to utilize skills their characters don't have?
10 votes

Most games assume broad basic competency You tagged this system agnostic, but it does vary slightly by the system. To start with, most systems I have used implicitly assume broad basic competency. ...

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How do all the World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness RPGs connect?
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vicky_molokh- unsilence Monica has an excellent answer. I second everything said there. However, it is incomplete in context because you also ask which are compatible. Vicky's answer touches on that, ...

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Can you play D&D 5E online solo?
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Yes, but... There are various methods to play solo depending on exactly what you want, but none of them may be exactly what you want and none of them are even remotely like the experience of playing ...

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Does wall of force allow the caster to essentially end encounters with one spell?
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7 votes

No, it is not overpowered. Wall of Force is certainly a powerful spell. It can be used to split a group of hostiles into smaller pieces, which can be very useful to ensure the party is not ...

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How can I avoid straw manning any belief I am against in my game?
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32 votes

Go out of your way to understand the other side. The best answer is to go out of your way to understand the other side. Before putting something into your game world, look into it a little. Remember ...

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What can a GM do if player's rolls are just terrible?
1 votes

Mitigate You can almost always mitigate the dice results in a way that makes things interesting. If the players are rolling terrible and doing badly in combat, then the enemy may wish to take them ...

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Can an ordinary whip be poisoned?
11 votes

Does it work according to the rules? Yes. Purple Monkey answered this completely, but we like answers to be self contained. Yes, the rules allow poison on slashing weapons and whips are slashing ...

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Can the Creation spell create food?
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Yes, but... Creation allows you to create a wide array of items made out of vegetable matters. Many types of food are vegetable matter that are plainly non-living. Thus the direct answer to the ...

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