A Light in Darkness
At the Table
Unlike pretty much everything else on this site, I’m completely open to opinions on these “rules” as they are rules for players, not characters. The bottom line is I would like to emphasize immersive fast paced game play that doesn’t leave people wondering whose turn it is or what is going on. I’d rather have short, memorable and intense sessions than longer sessions that get muddled up.
- Arrive 30 minutes to an hour before we start to chat, hang out, tell stories, catch up, etc.
- In character at the table: if your character isn’t active at the moment and you don’t want to listen to what others are doing I’d rather you just go to a different room to avoid distracting active players. I’ll try to keep everyone involved as much as possible, but groups split up.
- No electronic distractions! If you are bored enough that you need to play a different game, see rule 2 above or talk to me about what’s going wrong.
- Timed turns, this may not work in practice but I feel like it’s feasible at low levels especially. To keep combat fast paced I’d like to pass around a medium duration egg timer. When you’ve got it, you have the floor and you have as long as it runs (45 sec – 1 minute?) to decide what exactly you are doing. If it takes longer to resolve actions, that’s fine, but if you can’t figure out what you want to do we’ll move to the next person effectively delaying your initiative.
- Don’t break the tension! It’s hugely tempting at a serious or dramatic moment to insert a silly quip or off topic remark to get a laugh. While amusing in the short term in the long run I feel this takes away from the type of game I’m trying to run.
- Don’t be a rules lawyer. The most important things are entertainment, story, role playing and immersion. Nothing breaks immersion like a 10 minute reference session / debate. If someone feels they know how a rule works, we’ll go with it. If people disagree, I’ll break the tie. If No one knows, I’ll either do a quick check if it’s critical or, more likely, just make something up and move on. We can always revisit these later. I’m OK with a post-session, “for future reference…” as long as the flow continues.