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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Weekend Gaming Vibes – Playlist

Gaming Omnivore

This past week felt like one of those weeks where your energy level just isn’t what it would normally be(not very high to begin with) and you just feel like you could use a recharge. I haven’t been quite as active on things like Twitter or Twitch and had some reading to catch up on here on WordPress this past week, so I thought today would be a perfect day to do something a little more simple like showing a playlist of some of the gaming-related music I’ve been listening to when I’m sitting here at my computer, doing housework or simply not working.

This past week it was announced that Activision is set to release a remastered edition of both Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2. The first things that sprang to mind were the endless hours spent playing THPS games as a kid and the memorable collections…

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The Wretched Depths – West Map

Dyson's Dodecahedron

To the West of the Forsaken Sepulchers, connected to them by a single stone bridge across the underground river, are these wretched caves of mushrooms and rot, connected by the passages cut from the stone by the Sorcerer-Priests of Zorisz.

The Wretched Depths - West Map The Wretched Depths – West Map

The natural caves are taken over by rot and fungus. When the tombs and temples were first crafted, the bodies of both slaves and enemies were dumped here, and the river brings organic riches from two nearby oases in the old Zorisz deserts. Built around these caves full of bones and mushrooms are access ways built by the Sorcerer-Priests to get from the temples to the southeast to the deep stairs in the northwest corner that leads down below to the catacombs and even lower to the deep chambers of the desert elves and their undead lords.


This map was drawn at 6 squares…

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Persuasion Check: Unearthed Arcana 2020 – Subclasses Revisited

Ready To Role

Today we get a special treat as Wizards of the Coast have gone back and made changes some of the previously seen subclasses with updated names and abilities! The Revived Rogue becomes a Phantom, the Noble Genie subclass for Warlocks is now just Genie, and the Artificer’s Archivist is now the Wizard’s Order of Scribes! Let’s take a look at how these subclasses have changed and how they stack up in their current state.

As always, our Persuasion Check articles are less hardcore analysis and more commentary drawing insights and some direct analysis where needed. If you want a more flavorful approach to opinions on playtest content backed up with some insights, this is the place for you! Now, follow along and let’s dig into these subclasses!

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Tanking with a dagger?

GamingSF

There are certain fantasy stereotypes that can be observed, or challenged, by the games I play. One such trope is the “Sword and Board” tank character – the protector of the adventuring party with a sword and shield. We were pushing our way through Blackrock Depths again in World of Warcraft Classic when it was commented that our Warrior tank had been fighting for some levels with a dagger as her weapon.

Something automatic in my mind thought this was odd and that a more formidable weapon would be needed, in my imagination at least, to keep the attention of foes off of the rest of the group. Daggers are a rogue weapon first and foremost, a stealthy and concealable weapon, no?

Then thinking more about this I remembered the tank characters that I’ve played that didn’t fit to the stereotype, my Tauren Warrior for example. I last played him…

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Top 10 games

A Place Where Plebs Unite

FULL DISCLOSURE… SPOILERSSSS

Okay, so todays post is going to be one inspired by my love for gaming. I frequently see videos or other articles detailing someone elses top 10. I decided to make my own! Now this list is completely biased and some portions may be emotional based.


10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Okay, so this game is new but it is still amazing. I specifically made a post about in days ago specifically detailing how awesome it is. As to not be repetative I’ll just give you the link to the page.

Post: http://justaplebsiteyouknow.com/2020/05/11/what-all-plebs-love/

This comes in at number 10 due to how new it is. It could move up in the future, but given the competition? I could see it being replaced rather than moving up. Time to move on!


9. Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X’s title screen

So I am a huge fan of the…

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