FAQ: Problem Players & DMs

ThinkDM

Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about dealing with interpersonal conflicts at the D&D table:

Player Conflicts

How do I resolve an issue with a problem player?

If the problem is something that can be fixed, talk to the problem player separately. Explain why their behavior is making things Not Fun for other members of the group.

If the behavior continues, consider confronting the player as a group. If they didn’t take the hint the first time, you can reinforce how the group feels. You should save group confrontation as a last resort, since it can make the player feel singled out and reflexively defensive.

Is it OK to punish a character for a problem player’s behavior?

No. This will only heighten hostility. Always address player problems outside the game.

Talking to the problem player did not work.

Unfortunately, if someone isn’t willing to abide by the social…

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