Eight tips for keeping a gaming group together
Everyone loves to get together and game. We love the time we spend on our characters and adventuring. However, our real lives give us tight schedules and make get together impossible sometimes. Here are some tips that might make those events happen more frequently.
1. Set a standard time frame for gaming. Example: Friday night 7pm to start.
2. A cut of time. Back in the day before cells, it was hard to know if there was going to be no shows or not. We gave you 15 minutes. If you showed up in 30 with refreshments, we let it slide.
3. A cut of time. Some of us do have to get up and work on Saturdays. Midnight is always a good time to “kill it” or sooner if there was a “break” area. This made sure everyone was home safe in bed and plenty of sleep for those early alarms.
4. Be ready. Do not spend an hour or so getting ready. When folks show, be ready to drop the dice and game.
5. Food. Eat before, bring it, or have it ready to eat when the dice drop. Unless you have pizza dice, then that counts as gaming, and thus ordering pizza during game is acceptable.
6. Clean up. Don’t expect the host to have to do it all. Pick up your things and recycle garbage. Like you have to have somewhere to sit the next time you show up right?
7. Run a scenario if your gamer buddies are changing out. No need to run a campaign. Later, those scenarios might be the back drop for a campaign but okay to help those lone characters gain some experience before they go on a dungeon crawl.
8. House rules. Let your guest know what is cool and not during the gaming. It helps prevent those terrible and abrupt endings midway in gaming. Giving condolences when their character dies is fine and even a toast in the local tavern to their life is cooler. Extra xp if in the Dwarven Tavern.
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