NOTE: One of the things I’ve found helpful through the years is to have a set of guidelines for gaming session “etiquette”. I thought it might be helpful to provide an example of my session “rules”. While some of these should be taken with a grain of salt, others are legacy rules created through the years so it cuts down on discruptions during the game. If it sounds like I’m trying to be a knucklehead, I’m really not. However, I have been constantly surprised in the past by people who take this FAR more seriously than I do. The game is meant to be fun. I’m not interested in debating how historically accurate something may be. I was an Ancient History major in college, and I STILL don’t care. —AJ
Host House Rules
- If you park on the street, please try not to block my neighbors’ ability to swing out of their driveways.
- My wife is not a gamer. Typically she will come down, say “hi” to everyone, roll her eyes at all the geekiness, then retreat to the home theater/her room. As a “gaming widow”, she is very supportive and tolerant of my hobby, but she will never “get it”.
- No “tagalongs” or sick kids to a gaming session. It slows down the game and the visitors are typical either bored within an hour or disruptive. In either case, it is not fair to everyone else at the table.
- A die that falls off of the table is not counted and must be rerolled on the table. A cocked die (not lying flat) also must be rerolled. (And no, it doesn’t matter if it “would” have been a 20!)
- Please listen even if it is not your turn. Your turn will be coming up soon!
- Please have an action when it is your turn. Remember each round is 6 seconds of game time. Help keep things moving!
- Keep an accurate count of your hit points, conditions, etc. because I probably won’t.
- I don’t like to slow down gameplay. If I make a ruling, it stands for the session. After that, we can research and discuss. If we find a better solution, we’ll implement it next time. BUT, as a general rule, I tend to err on the side of the players, so I don’t think this will bite you very often.
Punctuality and Attendance
- Please arrive for the session on time.
- If you are going to be late/cannot attend a session, please notify me as soon as you can. You might not think it a big deal if you miss a session, but I might have had “big” plans for your PC. <insert manical laugh here>
- Unfortunately, “adulting” comes with responsibilities. If you have to leave the game for an extended period of time, please let me know. If you just hate my game and want to bail, let me know that too.
- Limit out-of-game chatter at the table. Gaming is a social event, but remember the focus should be on the game for the majority of the time.
- Please do not offer suggestions/options, etc. to other players during combat unless your character can do it in gameplay.
- Most people have kids, etc. I recognize you may have to check messages, text, etc. However, please try to minimize the use of your mobile devices at the gaming table.
- If you bring snacks for the table to share, many thanks! However, please take any leftovers when you leave. Both wife and I are on diets, we don’t need the temptation.
- Please don’t feed my dogs anything. As a breed, corgis have notoriously sensitive stomachs. I can pretty much guarantee they WILL throw it up. Sigh.
- If you bring a six pack/etc. for a game and want to leave it for next session, that’s fine. However don’t be surprised if it is a two pack when you come back!