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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How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?
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59 votes

To Join the Chorus of Don't Do DMPCs So, let me start by joining the others and saying that generally DMPCs are not a good idea. I have seen it work (and will get to how shortly), but generally I ...

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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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When should I fudge dice rolls?
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As others have said, this is a matter of style for your group. However, my feeling is that you should never fudge a dice roll. They are supposed to create drama and give mechanical meaning to the ...

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How to handle a GM cheating in the players’ favor?
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51 votes

They aren't playing the same game. The entire problem here is that your friend and his GM come to the game with almost opposite expectations. Your friend wants a ruthless game, and if I may guess a ...

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Should I discuss the type of campaign with my players?
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50 votes

Yes, you should discuss it with them. First, it is important to note that "Sandbox" and "railroad" are more of a spectrum than an either-or proposition. As I understand it, you want to put at least ...

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How can I make my PCs flee?
48 votes

I agree strongly with LitheOhm, but to add a couple of things on: Make sure they understand fleeing is actually an option. If you are facing an opponent that really wants to kill you and is faster ...

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How can I convey my disappointment in players ignoring huge hints
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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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Simulating these special dice on more regular dice
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Map the answers to the face of a 6-sided die There are exactly 6 faces listed for your dice. They can thus be replaced by any fair six sided die by creating a translation table such as: $$ \begin{...

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How to challenge a pacifist party
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Preface I have never played 5e, but I agree that much of the answer will be system agnostic so I address it that way. Make a social victory come at an interesting cost It will rarely fit in the ...

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Tried all the existing advice, but players still never roleplay fear
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The Players May Not Want To Part of fantasy role playing for a lot of people is being able to be larger than life for a bit. They may not want their characters to feel fear at all. Now, in a ...

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How can I deal with the Remove Curse spell spoiling my plot hooks?
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42 votes

Your "Curse" is not mechanically a curse You can impose conditions that would be a curse in a fairy tale, but are not mechanically curses. Remove Curse is a 3rd level spell. It is meant to remove ...

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How do I prevent my players from hopping on a railroad when I'm not railroading?
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39 votes

Tell Them Your Goals If you haven't already, I would start by telling them essentially what you just said here. That there is no "one true plot". Tell them that introducing an evil person / problem ...

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As a DM, how much freedom does one have to create new rules for use in game?
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The limit is what your players will accept The concept of Rule 0 is that the DM has the freedom to override and change all of the rules. The GMs freedom to change things as needed and make rulings ...

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Can the DM override racial traits?
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The Direct Answer The direct answer is yes, the DM can override racial traits and absolutely anything else they want to override. Your Specific Situation This would be an odd thing to override. First, ...

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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?
35 votes

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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Problems Regarding a Mary-Sue type Player Character
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Is this really a problem? Mary Sues in fictions, especially fan fiction, are annoying partially because the world warps to suit them. In an RPG that will not happen (or at least not in the same way) ...

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How to kill a character without making their player too angry
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This is, or should be, a part of your groups "Social Contract." There are different ways of handling this. Different groups have different attitudes towards character death. In many of the games I ...

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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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How do I get player characters who have non-adventurer backstories to go on adventures?
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31 votes

You aren't playing the same game. It sounds like you and your players are virtually playing different games, or at least very different styles. As with so many other questions, the answer is talk ...

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Is there any canon lore reason why urban werewolves haven't destroyed vampires (or vice versa)?
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The werewolves are likely to win almost every battle, but the vampires would likely win any full scale war. Overall they aren't likely to care too much about each other. The vampires have every ...

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Is there a plausible explanation for a large number of armed adventurers in a fantasy RPG setting?
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29 votes

Would adventurers arise if treasure was about... To your first question, yes. Though it is more about "dungeons filled with treasure" then necessarily the magic or the monsters. People ...

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How to answer to someone saying D&D is stupid?
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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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How do I fix the group tension caused by my character stealing and possibly killing without provocation?
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Consider the tone of the game. The first thing to do is make sure everyone is on board with the tone of the game. You said you wanted a character that could do whatever they wanted. Sometimes that is ...

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How do I telegraph that an encounter that was too difficult before is now achievable?
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27 votes

Give them a better idea of the threat level If you are playing a sandbox style game, it is up to the players to determine what level of known risks they wish to face. Thus, you probably do not want to ...

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How can I deal with a 'bump on a log player' who doesn't really do anything except when told?
26 votes

Is he interfering with others? I think the biggest question is: Is he in some way interfering with some one's enjoyment of the game? And the second biggest is: Is he failing to enjoy the game himself?...

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How can I develop my character's background when I know nothing of the game's lore and want to avoid spoilers?
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24 votes

Work with your GM The key thing is to work with your GM to determine how you should be linked to certain things and how much you and your character should know. This can be an ongoing conversation ...

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What should I do about another player who randomly starts PVP?
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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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How do I help my players get past an obstacle I didn't intend?
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23 votes

The Good Approach - Subtle hints were the best way You mentioned subtle clues, but really that is the best approach. So, they inspected the well and the door, and you already said there is nothing ...

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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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