Tabletop Gaming Etiquette

Monday, 9. August 2010

As with any activity there are proper rules of behavior that other players, storytellers and hosts expect people to follow.  Such behavior isn’t really that much different than what would be expected in a normal situation, so there isn’t much stretching to do.  Of course following them can prevent a lot of hostility and arguments in the long run and enable the game to be run for what its intended for: personal enjoyment.  So, as follows - Gaming Etiquette

1- Make certain your date and time for gaming is set unless the you just randomly show up at your hosts house which most of us don’t.  Consider this your RSVP.  Your host needs time to prepare and have everything in order for guests to show up to present a good face.  Following this, If you say you’re going to show up, then show up.  Some hosts put a considerable amount of work together getting ready for guests.

2- Show up on time.  Most people like to get started when they’re supposed to, and pushing it considerably later is rude as it wastes everyone’s time in question.

3)-If for some reason you have to flake (which you shouldn’t be, you RSVP’d essentially.) make sure your host and GM in question are informed.

4- Bring food and drink to go around if you’re not hosting or storytelling.  The latter 2 take a considerable amount of work, the least that can be done as a guest is bringing some snacks and refreshments.  Don’t stick it all to your host to provide.

5- Be familiar with the rule set you are playing with and most specifically: additional house rules.   This doesn’t apply if you are new, but if you’ve been playing a while you should have something of a clue as to how everything works.

6- Get your own dice.  Again, does not apply if you are new.  Players and storytellers are a superstitious lot, arguably as bad as athletes and fortune tellers.  They’re not going to be happy if you get your bad mojo on their dice for gaming session.

7- Show up in a state of unaltered mind unless your group plays otherwise.  Nobody enjoys dealing with a drunk or similar.~

8- Turn the cell phone to silent, and put it away or turn it off.  Likewise you’ve given your attention to gaming so do it.  It slows everything down and ruins the mood quickly when cells are constantly answered.

9- Bring your required gaming materials.  Character sheet, pen & paper, so on and so forth.  The first is really the most important, but the others are helpful as well.

10- Be presentable.  This encompasses a lot of topics into one.

Any major rules that I missed?

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