TimothyAWiseman
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What are the consequences of telling players their character's thoughts as a method to help guide their actions?
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Generally, you should not tell your players what their characters think The GM controls the entire world except for the player characters. What the player characters are thinking and how they are ...

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How can I avoid railroading in a sci-fi campaign?
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I agree with and second everything T.J.L. said - in particular, the importance of providing a "Why". However, while he emphasizes the significance of abandoned places (which I second), I think you can ...

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Players Develop Backstories Too Much
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Have a Session 0, or at least a real conversation about your expectations This comes down to your social contract in the game and to expectations. The bottom line solution is to explain how the game ...

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How common is homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms?
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It will vary by region and race/species The first thing to note is that if you accept some of the novels then homosexual characters definitely exist. The War of the Spider Queen series of novels ...

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What does Drow Speech sound like?
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This may be not be exactly what you want, but many of the Forgotten Realms books by RA Salvatore have audio-book versions available. I think there are relatively few actual drow words in there, but ...

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How can I have a bar with mixed supernatural creatures without it being a total disaster?
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First, let me say that I like Sardathrion’s answer and keeping it a mystery that just works is an excellent way to go. But if you want an explanation: They won't fight or destroy it because there are ...

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How can I let one of my players secretly be a lot stronger than they know?
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Let him see the changes, let him know they are real, don't say why I wouldn't straight up lie about a roll as you mentioned in the question, I would however let him be aware that the rolls and ...

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How to create battles in a war
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Give them a strategically significant mission with no or limited backup, possibly behind enemy lines. In that way, they have control over their particular battles and might even have limited ...

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Excuses for opponents using nonlethal force?
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Policy Many groups have a strong policy of doing everything they can to take their opposition alive. This includes most groups that could be conceived of as law enforcement or security. This is ...

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Why the bad guys don't just teleport somewhere drop a bomb and teleport back?
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There is one great explanation for why it doesn't happen in Call of Cthulhu in particular and one great explanation for narratively why it doesn't happen that often. But you asked the question ...

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How do I help a player terrified of their character dying in combat?
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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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Is the Chronicles of Darkness line suitable for play with a Story Teller and two players?
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Yes, I play Mage The Awakening (one of the core lines in the Chronicles of Darkness) with only one player on a regular basis and while I have never maintained a long term game with exactly two I have ...

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Why do my players want to be superman in Dresden Files?
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I have never played Dresden Files or even fate, so this isn't a system specific answer, but it did not fit cleanly in a comment. Knowledge of the capacity to use violence can affect situations even ...

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How does a dragon gain Challenge Rating & thereby increase their spell power?
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CR is a purely metagame construct Remember that Challenge Rating is purely a construct of a game. Within the fiction, a dragon wouldn't even know that it existed, much less seek to increase it ...

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Self-Preservation: How to DM NPCs that Love Living?
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It's more complicated than that, and fighting to the last can often be realistic. First, I have to disagree with your assessment that "...realistically a single fatality would instill an idea in ...

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How to encourage casters to expend spellslots?
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I have yet to play 5e, but this seems like an issue with vancian magic in general. Make the players figure it out, as a group If you have somewhat experienced players, than that type of resource ...

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Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?
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You can, but I wouldn't This is a matter of taste and group play, but I would not enforce mechanical differences for lifestyle differences like that. In the real world, much of those differences are ...

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How attached should players be to the characters they make?
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This is similar to KRyan's answer, which I wholly endorse, but I have a slightly different perspective. It's About How Much You Invest In It How attached I (and I think most people) become to a ...

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How do we tell our new GM that we don't like some elements of his campaign?
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I don't think there is any better approach than telling him. Of course, how you tell him matters a lot. But its hard to provide good suggestions on that without actually knowing him. The most ...

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Techniques for making undead scary again
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Make them mechancially different You said it right in the question that the players now just think of the undead as a bunch of stats, stats they know quite well. They will be at least more cautious, ...

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How does a DM handle time limits in-game?
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Use it for drama without strictly tracking it Personally, I see things like that as book keeping, which is painful and boring. I would reference it repeatedly for the sake of drama. I would also ...

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Is a Racial hatred to all Humans enough for an evil alignment?
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As Kryan says, the alignment system was really made for dungeon crawls and doesn't stand up under scrutiny. But to answer your question, I would say No, that isn't enough. Imagine a Strix who truly ...

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How can I balance magic in a setting that imposes penalties on its use?
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Most PC action takes place away from friendly NPCS In many campaigns, most of the time you would want to use magic there are no friendly NPCs around. If the players are in a dungeon surrounded by ...

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Which rpg system supports freeform magic and is intended for Fantasy games?
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You may want to look at Mage: Dark Ages. It's rule system is very similar to Mage: The Awakening but it is set in the Dark Ages. It still isn't high-fantasy in the way that Dungeons and Dragons is, ...

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Rulesets to make magic more unpredictable and dangerous?
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First, I agree with Lord Gareth in that you probably don't actually want to do this. And if you go through with it, you need to consider its impact on your teams power levels and lower the power ...

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How would society adjust if use of fire is reserved for the elite?
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High Magic: You say non-mundane as well, so depending on how prevalent magic is the answer may be as simple as all normal uses for fire are replaced by more specialized magic. In that case, society ...

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How to find out if someone is a spellcaster?
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As SevenSidedDie points out, in DnD it is generally easy for a spellcaster to hide the fact they are spellcaster if they wish. With that said, when they aren't hiding the fact, then the hints will ...

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Is there a good way to have a party of adventurers with only one player?
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I have done a lot of one-on-one roleplaying similar to what you are describing, and I think there are several different approaches. You can use some of these simultaneously or (with a bit of work) ...

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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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