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What To Do When Your Players Aren’t Taking It Seriously

Players who don’t take your game seriously can kill a campaign. You’re struggling to create a vibe, atmosphere, and theme. But when the table ignores that and cracks jokes during horror adventures or breaks immersion with real world chatter, you get frustrated.

I asked RPT readers for advice on what to do when players don’t take your efforts and game seriously. Here’s their advice for you.

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The Mother Of All Character Questionnaires

Use this list of questions to construct or add to your own character questionnaire. Character depth comes from player introspection. Prod your players to put a little thought into their PCs. This will pay you a lot of dividends as your campaigns progresses. You can use answers to design around character drives, roleplay off character details, and engage players beyond mere numbers.

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Rewarding The Game Master – A Simple Framework

The games we play and the people who play them are complex. We cannot simply write a script and have the audience passively follow along, clapping when the applause sign lights up. We play an interactive game in a social environment. Everyone wants a role to play and the ability to affect outcomes. Player agency might come easy to you or not. For me, it’s on the difficult side….

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Conversations In Roleplaying: Agenda

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #207 What’s Agenda? An agenda is the topic or subject of a conversation. Although the word agenda is sometimes used to convey negative implications, in this article it simply refers to a conversation topic. While it’s hard to imagine having a parley without an agenda, we’ve all experienced it. NPC: Hello bold adventurers!PC: Greetings […]

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6 Bard Tips

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #206 How to Play a Better Bard From Matthew Leach Traditionally, bards are the storytellers of the fantasy genre. They are charismatic characters who enthral or inspire with a flourish of words and gestures. A truly good bard is able to capture the attention of entire crowds and sway the attitude of […]

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My Experience on The Picture Side of The Screen: 6 Tips for Players

From Johnn Four Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #187 This past Saturday I had the pleasure of joining a new campaign as a player. The GMing was excellent and I rubbed shoulders with some very skilled players. This is going to be a great campaign! Below are a few tips and observations I made from a player’s […]

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