Every so often it comes up at the gaming table, what we are going to do next? I play with a regular gaming group and we have several game masters in our rotation and we enjoy a variety of different systems and genres. The players in the group also enjoy a variety of systems of genres but sometimes for whatever reason they don’t seem to line up perfectly at the same time. Then we kind of go into some sort of non-productive tailspin for a bit until one of us seems to have had enough of this and makes a decision to run a game, something, anything, and amazingly we all sit down and have some fun.
How do we save against this non-productive time? I like to think that preparing games when other GM’s are running something else is a good idea. What if after one game is done one or a few of the players aren’t feeling that type of game? Someone can always run a pre-gen adventure but what if someone isn’t interested in that genre? I really want to hear what your groups are doing or if this is a problem for any other groups out there.
One clever member of our group set up a poll on our Facebook group page that we use for easy communication amongst all members of our group. There were six choices listed that he was thinking of Game Mastering for the group or that he knew somebody else had ready to run. Then we could select which we wanted. We decided we could pick more than one and it looks like we got a fair understanding of what our group is looking for in their games as a whole. Nobody made all their selections the same although a couple of games rose to the top easy enough. This didn’t require any of our table time to work out and you can’t say enough about getting a vote or three.
What do other groups doing that can help work out what’s next? Do you have just one GM and one game that you play every week? If you don’t have steady game then I would love to hear your preference and what you would do to keep it all straight and maximize table time. Until next time, Roll Hard!
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