Ideas on how to handle a denying/unaware team attacking player? [closed]

Short: Right now I’m thinking about our next session and how to handle a PC who has attacked us the second time with an AoE spell. To defend him: he’s denying that he has done it intentionally and even saying that he doesn’t know anything about it.

First: I don’t want/need the best solution, just some ideas – like "how would you react?".

But I will start by describing the whole situation:
We are a group of 5 PC – there are two double-pre-mates and I’m the lonely fifth one. Two sessions ago the fighter in question attacked two of us the first time while we explored a mine occupied by wererats and some following smaller ones. The first small rat attacked him, as he’s always the one going first. Our archer, the rat and I were attacked by black tentacles getting out of the face of our knight and/or the rat – as the rat bite him in his face. The rat was slashed in three parts and the archer and I were lucky enough to dodge. After we cleared the room we surrounded the fighter and asked him what it was, if he has any explanation or why he did it to us. He has only answered that he doesn’t know what it was and he hasn’t done it. We told him that we will watch him and aren’t really trusting him anymore.

Some days (in-game) later we got to an old cathedral occupied by orcs and ogres. We attacked the orcs with the help of the wererats, as the cathedral is the real home of them. While fighting the first ogre (the fighter his accompanying cleric and I) these black tentacles popped up again, this time clearly out of his mouth, and attacked the ogre, an orc, the cleric and me. All were damaged (necrotic) and also prevented reactions for one round as we had to get rid of these tentacles first.
During the fight we haven’t talked about it as there were a lot more orcs than we thought first. The end of our last session was that we have "finished" (we haven’t checked the cathedral – only surrounding) the fight. We’ve lost some wererats and we all are heavily damaged, nearly all spell-slots are used and we have this big-black-mysterium in our group.

As it was the second time, this time we were damaged and we’ve clearly seen that the origin of these tentacles is the fighter we have to react somehow.

My current idea is to call the archer, as he still doesn’t trust the fighter and was betrayed in his past, so he will very likely support me. After this I would like to approach the fighter and "command" him to drop his weapon and get on his knees. I have placed a force-ballista (artificer) during the battle and can use my crossbow. If he doesn’t follow we get to the first problem – if I really attack him he will get very likely unconscious as he has 4HP remaining. Should I? I’m a lawful-neutral/good dwarven artificer, trying to get part of "Hammers of Moradin" and waiting for a sign of Moradin himself that I’m worthy to join the hammers.
So from my perspective it would be possible for my PC to attack a presumably lying, betraying, team-attacking, necromancy casting human fighter.
But in success-case, he’s now on his knees, I would at first arrest/tie him, ask him again in hope that he will talk more about these tentacles and otherwise transport him to the next town to present him to the local guards or similar and get him judged.

Now the question: do you have other ideas? How would you react? Everything is possible/valid response – as I’m pretty new to DnD (it’s my first campaign) and I want to get some ideas about what else could be possible.

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I’m new to D&D. I already read both the Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide (I’m mastering) and I would like to know how I could handle this situation:

A player wants to do a sweep kick on an enemy’s legs and knock him down. He rolls a 20 and does the damage, but what about taking the enemy down? There is no rule that covers it.

Following the rules, the player would have to do a specific action to try to push the enemy down, and there would have to be a resisted check to see if the player can actually drop the enemy, so how could I deal with that?

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One of the things that I love about the FATE system is how flexible it is; even given the less than crunchy nature of the system, you have options galore. That’s given one of my players analysis paralysis: in combat, she can’t really function all that effectively and it’s not satisfying to her coming from a very limited gaming background and all of that being DnD 4e where her options are laid out before her.

I’m looking for ways to give a player more structured options during play; sort of a cheat-sheet or combat strategy-guide for the narrative paradigm FATE inhabits. Narrative ideas for storytelling combat are good, but some sort of cheat sheet of structured fight options would go very far in helping her to get her mind around the combat concepts and options.

Any ideas on how I might be able to help her rectify this? She’s playing a Red Court Infected in my Dresden Files game.


I took Mxyzplk’s suggestion below, and created the Action Cards for the combat options that she had, and it worked perfectly!

If anyone else wants to do this for their FATE game, I’ve made the Word Templates available, with instructions included.

New player decision paralysis

I’m introducing a new player to RPGs. She struggles to put herself in the mindset of her character and make the decisions the character would make, which is the essence of role-playing.

She can get by by going along with others’ prompting, but if she alone must decide what action to take, she stops and thinks until I get impatient and any sense of game flow is lost. I don’t expect all decisions to be made instantly, but I expect routine “what do you do next?” decisions to be made in under a minute and get faster with experience.

I tried prompting/pressuring for decisions, directly and by using game characters as a proxy. The feedback after the session was that she found it stressful and unhelpful, not motivational.

I haven’t been able to break down my own in-character decision-making process to pass on to her. I’m practiced enough to just do it somehow.

I strongly favour rules-light games that emphasise game-world focus rather than abstract mechanical focus, so all mechanics must really carry their weight, but this is such a burden that I will consider including mechanics that will help.

In summary, please share something to help with fast in-character decision-making:

  • A breakdown of the process that a new player could follow.
  • Game mechanics (from any game) which could help.
  • Advice in how to deal with this; for me or for her, I don’t mind.

(This is not a duplicate of How do I get my players to be more decisive and take the initiative? because that is about structured vs unstructured scenarios, whereas my question is about single decisions within any scene.)

Unity 2D Player Shoots at my joystick position

Hi I am new to unity and have only a little coding knowledge. Right now I have made my character shoot at my touch position on mobile but when ever I touch the joystick, whick I use to move my character, he shoots there, what should I do to make him not shoot at the joystick when i hold the joystick, any suggestion… heres my code.

Shooting code

public class Shooting : MonoBehaviour { public GameObject shot; private Transform playerPos;

void Start() {     playerPos = GetComponent<Transform>(); } void Update() {          if (Input.GetTouch(0).phase == TouchPhase.Began)         {          Instantiate(shot, playerPos.position, Quaternion.identity);         }         else if (Input.GetTouch(1).phase == TouchPhase.Began)         {             Instantiate(shot, playerPos.position, Quaternion.identity);         }     else if (Input.GetTouch(2).phase == TouchPhase.Began)     {         Instantiate(shot, playerPos.position, Quaternion.identity);     }   } 


Projectile Code

public class Projectile : MonoBehaviour { private Vector2 target; public float speed; private Shake shake; void Start() { shake = GameObject.FindGameObjectWithTag("ScreenShake").GetComponent(); target = Camera.main.ScreenToWorldPoint(Input.GetTouch(0).position); target = Camera.main.ScreenToWorldPoint(Input.GetTouch(1).position); target = Camera.main.ScreenToWorldPoint(Input.GetTouch(2).position); }

// Update is called once per frame void Update() {     transform.position = Vector2.MoveTowards(transform.position, target, speed * Time.deltaTime);      if(Vector2.Distance(transform.position, target) < 0.2f)     {         Destroy(gameObject);     }                } void OnTriggerEnter2D(Collider2D other) {     shake.CamShake(); } 


Thanks in advance

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My initial thought was to allow this item to use a spell like this Repel spell, if the players attempt to interact with it, but they need some way to overcome this spell and actually obtain this item.

How can I allow this item to ward players players away, while still having a way for the players to circumvent the warding effect and obtain said item?

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The thing is that I give him a full plate armour and then he says that his armour class was 23. I was surprised because Max AC without magic is 20 – 21 (with defence combat style (which he has)). So I asked how His sword is :

The Items magical sword +2 attack bonus, magical damage, +2 fire damage, +2 AC.

IMO At this level having a CA of 23 (25 with "shield of faith" he plays a paladin) is game-breaking most monster exception the strongest get attack bonus of +4 +6, Meaning that he will only get hit on crit by most monsters, or that I have to send powerful monsters (that is maybe not fine for other players). The first question is that True? is this AC game-breaking at level 6?

I started to talk about this. and it went bad. He says that it is only 8 % increase of AC and did do much and that he gains his sword on a very deadly quest etc…. Maybe it is a good computation in AD&D setting but in 5e I feel it is not. Does it exist any rational arguments about this?

For now, I come up with the following arguments:

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  • AC increase is extremely costly, with non-magical means they are only two ways: combat style and feats (heavier armour type or the Medium Armor Master feats (+3 dex))

Does there are other arguments? Or maybe I wrong?

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