I’m pretty new to this community and I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about the rules of DnD 5e. But after several years of playing and running this system, I think I have a rather good grasp of it.
Last week I found myself at a table with a bunch of very nice people. During the game I noticed that a lot of rules were heavily bent or outright broken, mostly in favor of the respective character. This led to some pretty wonky situations, for example cantrips that rivaled third level spells in their effectiveness or low-level characters making an absurd number of attacks each round.
Most of the time I could understand why someone would come to this interpretation and I tried to clarify, especially because some of the players seemed to be very new to the hobby. But every time I did, I was told that I’m wrong and that they know how it works. I didn’t want to be a wise-ass, so I just said “Okay, let’s keep playing”.
I’m not there to play the most powerful character at the table. And I’m not there to lecture people. So I didn’t really care when the rules were ignored or someone pulled of an impossible turn. I just want to have fun, so I’m not interested in long discussions.
So my question is: How to handle such situations in the future? Just ignore it? Comment on it? Whack the offender with a Player’s Handbook? Sacrifice a goat and use its blood to summon Jeremy Crawford?