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What would your character do? Tabletop tips from an anxious GM

In D&D, or any TTRPG game, it can be tough to fully embody your character in the way that you’ve envisioned, so asking yourself “What would my character do?” is a helpful device to enhance roleplay. Unfortunately, it’s also used by people as an excuse for shitty behavior at the table. There’s a thin line between roleplaying your character and being an edgy piece of crap. I’m here to thicken that line, so you can have full rein to play your character as you wish while also being respectful to your other players. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression — a combo that is less than ideal for a journalist or a game master juggling seven different players in a six-hour Dungeons & Dragons game — I know full well that it’s challenging to roleplay let alone do something gutsy and hope it’s not taken offensively.

In this week’s column of Tabletop tips from an anxious GM (all of which can be found on our DND tips hub), I’ll be talking about the “What would my character do?” trope and a topic in reaction to shitty player behavior I’ve seen from across the table.

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