Content of the article: "Good ways to explain things to old/experienced players?"
I've been playing d&d for a few years now, but I've just recently started DMing and I've run into a few problems with some people understanding rules, etc and I'm not sure how to address it.
I've been playing an online campaign with a few people that I know irl and one of them is fairly new to d&d. Before we started the campaign I had played with them once before (with a super experienced male dm who was a mutual friend), so when I was setting up the game I let him know I was a kinda new at DMing, but it wasn't my first time.
I'm not super good at voices (I have trouble making my voice get super low for men voices), but I'd like to think I'm a really quick thinker and I'm getting better as time goes on.
Recently at sessions he has been talking over me and correcting me, rather rudely sometimes, and saying that "these are things I should know". But, the majority of the time, according to the PHB/DMG I'm right. I've tried to politely explain why, but every time I do he insists I'm not understanding right and he has more experience than me (even though from what he's said, he doesn't), so he knows. By all means I'm open to taking criticism if I'm wrong as it can help me get better, but he seems to be doing it to spite me.
The catalyst for making this post comes from an after game conversation. One of the other party members asked if there were any d&d shows that they could watch to better understand, and I mentioned that Critical Role is a really good place to start if you want to get immersed. The dude then mentions how Mercer is such a good DM and he wish that I would be as good as him (not in those words, but you get what I mean). I kinda played it off and said something along the lines of "Yeah me too! I know they've had decades of training and experience, so hopefully I can put in the time and get there soon" or something to that effect.
I don't really want to kick him out because he is the only PC who has any kind of experience playing d&d and he is really good at roleplay and helps the other PC (all dudes) in the campaign with understanding things. Is there a good way for me to handle this situation, or should I just ask him to leave the game? I don't want to do anything drastic, just looking for general advice. Thanks in advance!
- The “Mercer-Effect” is real and can be extremely toxic to your game.
- First time DM-ish?
- One of my players just asked for help learning to DM! I’ve never felt so honored, and I’m so excited for them.
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