During the month of August, I’m participating in RPG a Day 2017. Each day I’ll answer a question, or my interpretation of a question, about tabletop roleplaying games. For those who have wanted your beloved UncleBear to get back into RPG blogging, this is the closest you’re going to get.
You Can Game Every Day for a Week – Describe What You Do
If I get to game every day for a week, I’m going to assume that I have no other obligations and that I have resources. This means I have ample space to set up a game and comfortably host players, and that the kitchen is well-stocked with food. Because gaming is a social activity, I need to start off by
If I get to game every day for a week, I’m going to assume that I have no other obligations and that I have resources. This means I have ample space to set up a game and comfortably host players, and that the kitchen is well-stocked with food. Because gaming is a social activity, I need to start off by ensuring that I can be a good host.
Every morning, then, is going to be about prep. Not just reading over the adventure I’m going to run, or reviewing the character I’m going to play on the off chance I can talk someone else into running something. It means cleaning up the house and getting food prepped. If we’re going to indulge this fantasy that I can spend a week gaming, I’m not serving people chips and junk food. I’m cooking and making my own snacks.
The next conceit is that all of my gaming friends are going to be free for the week as well. After I serve them a light lunch, we’ll do some roleplaying. I want to do this in the afternoon because everyone is awake and alert and energy will be high. We’ll play a daily session that runs 4 to 6 hours, with a break every two where there will be coffee, tea, and treats. These games will be with full regalia — miniatures, terrain, maps on the walls, props, visual aids, all of the bells and whistles imaginable.
Board Game Evening
Of course, I will serve everyone a fine dinner, after which we will play board games. After a long day and a substantial meal, I find that roleplaying requires more thought than I can muster. This is especially true if I have to be the gamemaster. This switches things up, adds some variety, and allows people to play for as long as they want, at whatever level of intensity that they want. Being me, I’d probably conk out early and go to bed, allowing my friends to stay and play for as long as they want. Hell, let’s have this week-long extravaganza take place in a big rented house so that people can just sleep over.
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