TimothyAWiseman
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Day-to-day life of a Lich
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You don't mention a setting, and that could make a big difference. For AD&D 2e (Ravenloft specifically) there was a sourcebook entirely on Liches that at least touched on this. I believe it was ...

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How can a GM prevent growing disillusioned with their own game?
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Talk to the players Others have said it, but this can't be over emphasized. Most traditional RPGs are collaborative affairs and the GM cannot be responsible for making everyone happy. So talk to ...

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How do you deal with a DM who says "no" to everything?
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21 votes

Different playstyles You virtually say that you and the GM in question do not want to play the same type of game. The answer, as with so many things, is to talk to them. But the topic should be how ...

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How do I keep a party together without railroading?
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I strongly endorsed and upvoted SevenSidedDie's answer. For completeness here it boils down to don't try to force them to stay together but give them frequent opportunities to regroup. For an ...

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How to handle diverging expectations on "background density"?
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Were either my expectations to "get started and wing it a bit in the beginning" or her expectations of "I want the whole backstory up front" wildly out of place? Either one is reasonable, as long as ...

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How can I tell the DM that I wasn't having fun and that I fault him for it?
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Provide constructive criticism You said at the beginning that you want to tell the DM you fault him. Perhaps you weren't being literal, but since that doesn't come across well on a forum like this I'...

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How to work around players whose backstory goes against the story?
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20 votes

Get on the same page Your literal question asks about problems with one specific character background, but you later suggest several of your players are expressing a lack of interest in the plot. If ...

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Rewards for a cancelled session?
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I absolutely would not give out in game rewards for the characters doing nothing. As CatLord said, bringing snacks next time is good. But if you really want to provide an in-game reward, then ...

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How can I show-not-tell my players that they are The Bad Guys?
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Very short answer, show the human consequences of their actions The best way to get someone to re-evaluate their actions is to show the impact on someone else with whom they can sympathize. If they ...

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Can a DM change an item given by another DM?
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Yes, but... The short answer is, yes. The DM's power is constrained only by what the players are willing to accept. The DM can, under "Rule 0" change the item as they see fit at any time, with or ...

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Did I overstep my power as DM?
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Did you overstep the bounds? Probably not. As long as you were giving the pcs appropriate chances to notice and make any appropriate rolls to spot the hidden character, then it was perfectly ...

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Sustainable farming of humanoid brains for illithid?
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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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Dealing with leaving players
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As a spinoff to valadil's answer, I would try talking to all the players about it and try to get a consensus. But to break it down a bit, you seem to have two interrelated but separate problems: ...

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How do I escape the Quicksand Box?
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Sandbox - to - Railroad is a spectrum, not either or. Games are not either sandbox or railroaded, rather they exist on a spectrum between heavily railroaded where players mostly handle tactics and ...

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Is there a limit to Rule 0?
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For the direct question of What is the limit of Rule 0? The answer is, it depends on the social contract. When I GM, I use it flagrantly, but I let all new players coming in know that and give them ...

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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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Can Bards attack while Performing?
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In a sense, I agree with "Hey I Can Chan". It works basically because the rules say it works. But as comments point out, that is not very mentally satisifying. So, I know how it works mechanically, ...

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How can I have non-Euclidean dungeons in non-magic settings?
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The geometry of the surface of a sphere is non-euclidean. Its hard to tell that on sufficiently large spheres, but quite obvious on fairly small ones. So, in a sci-fi type setting you could have the ...

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What are ways player characters could awake an ancient evil?
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Fantasy literature and fantasy themed tv shows and movies are filled with this trope, so there are plenty of examples to draw from. Killing one evil releases another. This is all over the place, but ...

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Is the shapeshifting druid an original D&D invention?
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Historically, the word druid generally refers to Celtic religious figures, but most of our legends around druids come through Roman conquerors and Greek historians who studied them. Most of the ...

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How Can I Make Supplies Matter In D&D 3.5e?
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I like the other answers, but an alternative approach is to focus on logistics and role playing. The bottom line, as others have pointed out, is that minute bookkeeping is very rarely fun. A ...

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How should a GM deal with players that want to be "too cool"?
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To the extent its not disrupting things, let him be cool People come to role playing for different reasons and enjoy different things about it. If he wants to be "cool", and it is not disruptive, I ...

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Do PCs retain memories of undeath once resurrected?
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I have never seen anything official, but if I were a DM in that situation I would say it would depend on the type of undead. Something like a vampire or other form of sentient undead would probably ...

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Are there rules (or at least relevant statements) in 5e about conservation of mass with magic?
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D&D is not designed as a completely simulationist game The first thing to note is that D&D is not a designed to be a strictly simulationist game. It contains many rules issues that break down ...

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What would be the minimum human population to sustain a single vampire indefinitely?
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Like many things, it depends. Your calculations are quite reasonable and 372 should give your vampire enough, in fact it has a decent margin of error in it. It has a decent margin of error because a ...

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How can I make the players think outside their normal selves?
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Talk to them So, at the risk of being obvious, consider talking to them directly about the type of game you want to play and also ask what type of game they want to play. You don't have to tell ...

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How prevalent is cyber/bioware use among the general population in Shadowrun?
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I never saw something like an official answer, but the novels always gave me the impression that most of the middle class would have a datajack and a decent percentage would have a chipjack. Cosmetic ...

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What do you do when a player intimidates your campaign boss to surrender?
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Make it a climax instead of an anticlimax This was the bard's crowning moment of awesome, I would treat it that way. Now, instead of having the barbarian king's head, you have his surrender. This ...

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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 does GMing a game for middle-schoolers differ from older and younger players?
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You generally don't have to change much. I have not run a game specifically of DND 5e with middle schoolers, but I played DND 2e when I was in middle school and I've played other editions with my ...

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