TimothyAWiseman
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Can the dungeon master have a player character?
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Can you? It depends on the social contract, but generally yes. Unless your group, as a group, agrees that you cannot then you can. You are the GM and have vast authority over the game world. You can ...

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Dealing with players smarter than me?
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Make him help draw up the plans So, he's extremely smart and good at this. At least for your first few sessions, have him help (ahead of time) to plot things out, develop encounters, and develop ...

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Powergamer to Roleplayer
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1. Try to identify what, exactly, causes you to have more fun with not-optimized characters. I respectfully disagree with those saying there isn't a question here, but I do think some introspection ...

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Does an intelligent undead have a soul?
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It depends entirely on the type of undead and how they were created. Liches very explicitly keep the same soul they started with. Vampires and mummy lords seem to as well. I have always viewed ...

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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?
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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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How do I discourage or work with "nuke it from orbit" solutions?
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Ichoran's answer is fantastic, but it mostly prevents them from using solutions like that repeatedly. If you want to prevent them from using it right now in this particular instance look at ...

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Is two-person D&D feasible for any edition?
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Yes, it is absolutely feasible, but it is different. Yes, I have played more than one edition of DnD with 1 player and 1 DM frequently. You mentioned that you are interested in all editions so I will ...

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Could a Tremere get away with this?
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This is entirely storyteller's discretion This is completely and totally up to the storyteller and the details of the particular city in question. The main concern would be how the Tremere Regent ...

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Weaknesses of a Lich?
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In general, they have few specific weaknesses beyond those all undead share. Specific liches can of course have unusual weaknesses. Since this is for 2e, I recommend looking at Van Richten's Guide to ...

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How to fix a terrible lapse in judgement
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It all comes down to what the players, and particularly the aggrieved player, wants. The first thing is to make sure it doesn't happen again. One of the better ways to do that is make sure the ...

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How would I handle the mechanical repercussions of removing alignment?
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What I have done with some success (though I have played with it more in AD&D than DnD3.5) is to have alignment reflect the characters religious alignment. The deities have all chosen to be "Good"...

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How to implement dual-classing in a non-levelled RPG game?
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As veritascitor points out, most games without a levelling system don't have a strict class system either. But many of them, like Shadowrun, have archetypes, essentially bundles of skills and ...

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Can an ordinary whip be poisoned?
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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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Do consent forms genuinely contribute to safer playing environments in practice?
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Consent forms have issues because they can never be specific enough, but may still be useful for some people. It is worth having a discussion, especially in horror, about what players may be ...

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Is VtM 5e supposed to be compatible with old or new World of Darkness games?
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Vampire the Masquerade, including 5e is part of what is variously referred to as "World of Darkness", "Old World of Darkness", and "Classic World of Darkness". It is compatible (though I use the term ...

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How can I mix up weapons for large groups of similar monsters/characters?
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The issue is that it will complicate play. The only issue is that it is yet another thing to keep track of in the event they are in a battle. If you are willing to do the extra work required to keep ...

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Our GM won't let us affect the story; the more I play the less fun I have. What do I do?
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Remember that different people enjoy different styles What you are describing is called "railroading". Essentially, the GM provides most or even all of the story outside of combat and then lets the ...

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How to manage creative use of Spell Components?
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Remember the limits Personally, I would not only allow, but encourage this, within limits. Some of the examples you listed wouldn't actually work, and some of them step on the toes of other ...

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Recommendations on edition or version for experienced D&D 2nd Edition players that haven't played in 10+ years
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Without more, I would say that your best edition is 2nd Edition. First, it is already familiar to you. This is a huge advantage, especially if you are currently planning only one adventure rather ...

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Using Intimidate and/or Diplomacy to kill enemies
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"Have to" is a strong term and makes me hesitate a bit. I don't have the books handy, but I don't think diplomacy or even intimidate would really force an NPC to do something they really didn't want ...

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In depth world building. Making connections
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Only worry about connections that are either big or significant to your story It seems your issue is tied in with this sentence: "they have to affect the rest of the world somehow, look at the real ...

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What monsters can be interesting as PCs?
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I second everything that aramis has said. But, it seems you were looking for more specific examples and I have done some of this in the past. As AceCalhoon pointed out, you should look at White Wolf'...

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How to get out of a story deadlock
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There are a number of generally useful techniques that are worth looking at, but of course a lot of it depends on how they went off course. They made an enemy of someone that needs to be an ally This ...

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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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How can I handle a player who seems to utilize skills their characters don't have?
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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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Does Thaumaturgy get a free discipline point?
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No. When you select Thaumaturgy you select a path and take one dot in that path and one ritual. That is all you get for taking one dot in Thaumaturgy, but that can be fairly potent if used well ...

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Should Merits be given as rewards when the accomplishments match?
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As O'Keefe said, this is a group-by-group thing and you should go by what feels right for you and your group as for me, here is my philosophy when GMing: You can earn all kinds of things through ...

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A player was bucking my style and I lost my temper. What can I do from here?
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Styles of Play This has been mentioned by others, but I think it is worth a much more elaborate discussion because I think it is the root cause of your problem. There are many styles of RPGs, ...

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How do I support an anxious friend's introduction to Role-Playing?
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Start one-on-one When I have introduced new players to role playing, I often start with at least one one-on-one session. Exactly how you handle that session depends on what system you want to run ...

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How can I help my players get into a vengeful mindset?
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Like IgneusJotunn, I have played oWoD extensively but have never played any of the nWoD. But this seems almost system agnostic. They are running into moral ambiguities and then balking. That may ...

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