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My Table Rules (feel free to critique!)

Nyaricus

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Hi folks! It was a looong time ago last year when we had a great thread on Table Rules someplace here, and I copy+pasted the entire thread into a word doc. Lo and behold, it was a behemoth 25+ pages long, but I took it down to about 4 pages, once a lot of the repeats had been deleted.

Well, with a new group and game on the horizon for me, I decided it was high time I get off my butt, and reconcile the general attitudes of EN World with what I wanted at my table, and so after about a weeks worth of editing and getting feedback from a former player of mine, I it's finally ready for the biggest test of them all (besides my players :p) - EN World!

Please, let me know what you think. The document is attached and all nicely formatted and such :)

cheers,
--N
 

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blargney the second

blargney the minute's son
ny's table rules said:
And finally, if there is ever a time when we have a very disruptive player (or even if you feel I'm being a jerk), please don't be afraid of voicing your opinions to me – I'm here to ensure you're having fun!
Mightn't hurt to make it explicit to do this outside of game time. Tact and not disrupting the game further are worthy causes.
 

Whisper72

Explorer
Well, not any specific rule (all of them are in essence pretty 'normal' and sane things to ask / demand), but more the tone of voice.

Some rules are worded very terse and serious, others aren't. Are the less serious worded rules to be taken less seriously?

As for the serious tone at some passages, if I were already good friends, I'd be kinda miffed by that. Sounds sorta police like at times.

Personally, I would word the whole document a bit more business like in a friendly way. Sort of matter of fact like.

Anyhoo, just posting my first impression of the document.
 

IamTheTest

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I like it a lot and would be more than happy to play at your table. If it helps you should probably fix up this section under Food/Drink:
...usually order it in. Also, make you you have snacks...
Probably just glossed over with spell check...I do it all the time.
 



Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I've found putting rules together like this is best for up front dealing with contentious issues. Never have done it with a D&D game, have does it for other things. So that if something comes up, someone doesn't feel singled out or treated unfairly.

As such, I'd put in something about who gets the call for a new player entering the group (DM's call / all players agree / majority of players agree / etc), and for removing a troublesome player.

I might also add something about being polite to the host - two things that I've had come up with games that could be a problme were leaving food-related garbage after the game (don't do it), and where smoking is allowed (outside only).

Good luck on your new game.

Cheers,
=Blue(23)
 

PoeticJustice

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I agree with most of the points raised in this thread, but I've always thought that contentios issues (alcohol consumption, bringing new players) had little to do with the game itself.

Here's my House Rules, for example

EDIT: In retrospect, the title of the document containing my house rules may be taken as an insult. It's not intended as such and is so named because there are many iterations of these rules with similar file names on my hard drive. I needed one to stand out. Again, not an insult to ny or anybody.
 

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Flynn

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Here are mine:

Code Of Conduct

The core of the Code of Conduct is respect.

1. Respect for others (not just the DM, but for the fellow players and for others around us who are not playing the game) is expected from all gamers of this campaign. Without respect, the game is lessened, and that reduces the fun we all have.

2. Respect the Environment: Please clean up after yourself. If you bring food or drinks to the game, throw your trash away at the end of the night. Flush the toilet when you're done; that kind of thing. If it's my house, I'd prefer not to have to clean up after everyone. If we're gaming somewhere else, I'd hate for us to lose the ability to game at a particular location because we didn't give the host the respect of cleaning up after ourselves.

3. Respect your Fellow Gamers: Show your fellow gamers the same respect you'd like them to show you. When you're not in a scene, please keep your comments to a minimum. They interrupt the flow of the scene, and ruin the fun of potentially good RP. A good laugh is wonderful medicine, but a well-played scene is much more satisfying and memorable than a quick one-liner. Also, pay attention during the game, even if you aren't involved in the scene. Part of the game is enjoying the RP of your friends as well as allowing them to enjoy your own interactions.

4. Respect your Dungeonmaster: Keep your focus on the play of the game. Combat lags when people are reading books instead of watching the fight, and the quality of RP drops considerably when a player isn't paying attention. I easily put in twice as many hours into game prep as we spend playing, and running an enjoyable game is my only reward for it. Please don't remove my reward by finding your "Harry Potter" novel more interesting than the climactic battle against the Beholder Cult.

General Guidelines

1. The primary law for Face-To-Face games: Everyone's on their honor in the game. Many of the following suggestions are to help maintain player-player trust within the group, but in general, everyone's on their honor to track their hitpoints, spells, magic items, equipment, et cetera.

2. Non-PC Tomes: No player may reference non-player-oriented tomes (ie the DMG or the various Monster Manuals) during the game without express permission of the DM. It ruins the full impact of the scenario for you and for the DM.

3. Die Rolls: All rolls must be witnessed by at least one other player. No rolls may be made ahead of time, but only when the DM requests it. No warm-up rolls will be accepted.

4. Out-Of-Game Comments: Please try to avoid non-game conversations once the game has started. If you must do so, then I ask that you take non-game conversations away from the table. It disturbs the game.

5. New Members: Once the campaign has started, new members to the gaming group require unanimous approval of current group members, after one session to get a sample of how they roleplay.

6. Calling The Session: I will not run a session based in the current campaign if 50% or more of the players are not present.

7. Absenteeism: During periods where there is a waiting list to play in the campaign, any player that misses three sessions in a row (or three sessions during any rolling period of six sessions) is considered to have voluntarily resigned their seat at the table, and offers to play are extended to those on the waiting list. This automatic resignation can be overridden by unanimous approval of the current group.

8. It is the player's responsibility to create a character that can work and play well with others. If the character can't, then the player shouldn't be playing that character in my game. If the party has to split up, the amount of time each "side" gets will be proportional to the number of members in that group, modified by the importance of the group's activities as they relate to the group's goals. For example, rogues that are always going off for breaking and entering, pickpocketing, or other activities that are not in line with the party's goals will get very little "air time," compared to the rest of the group and their pursuit of the party goals.
Hope They Help,
Flynn
 

Rhun

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Ryan’s Table Rules said:
Finally, no alcohol during the game, for obvious reasons
Um, what are the obvious reasons? I only ask because I've never had a problem with alcohol at a game session.
 

Odhanan

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Rhun said:
Um, what are the obvious reasons? I only ask because I've never had a problem with alcohol at a game session.
Same thing here. Are your players unable to participate in social drinking without getting wasted?
 

Shortman McLeod

First Post
Rhun said:
Um, what are the obvious reasons? I only ask because I've never had a problem with alcohol at a game session.
Do you need to ask? There are only two possibilities:

(1) They are living in a region where alcohol consumption is illegal, such as Saudi Arabia.

(2) They have this funny idea that drunkenness and D&D don't mix well.

Probably (2), is my guess.
 

blargney the second

blargney the minute's son
I can understand the no drinking rule. One of my players likes to make martinis, and she occasionally gets tipsy to the point where she can't do the math with any kind of speed.

If everybody at the table was equally wasted, it'd be a party. :) But just one player is awkward...
-blarg
 

Nifft

Penguin Herder
Rhun said:
Um, what are the obvious reasons? I only ask because I've never had a problem with alcohol at a game session.
They could also be under-age.

Cheers, -- N
 

Teflon Billy

Explorer
Man...I can't imagine having a "code of conduct" codified so as to allow me to play a game with my friends.

Different strokes and all, but if I had to spell this kind of thing out to a group of people, they aren't folks I'd particularly want to hang around with.

"Respect Each Other" needs three seperate iterations to ensure people understand?
 

Teflon Billy

Explorer
Rhun said:
Um, what are the obvious reasons? I only ask because I've never had a problem with alcohol at a game session.
I was owndering the same thing...what's "obvious" about these reasons?
 


IamTheTest

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I imagine the 'obvious' reasons for the no alcohol rule may stem from the age of the players? I dont mind booze at my table as long as the person drinking it isnt a putz.
 

cougent

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Those who thought his was rather terse would absolutely HATE mine...

"Thou shalt NOT..." :p

Alcohol is tricky because my state has "Host Responsibility Laws". You drink at my house, then have a wreck on the way home, and I can be sued or charged as an accessory. I am not a prude and I like beer with pizza just like the next guy, but my standing policy is that if you drink, you spend the night. That protects both of us.

My tolerance stops at smoking though, I personally cannot stand it, it makes me sick. So no smoking. I know that eliminates some good people, but I don't have much "FUN" while being sick all night.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Yikes!

If I was presented with something like one of these documents at the start of a game where I was playing with people I didn't already know, my eyebrows would go up. I mean, sure, respect etc. is fine, but if the attitude is such that it needs to be spelled out in that much detail I'd wonder about the DM and his-her gaming background. (also, as soon as I see anything about enforced party co-operation and being told what I can play in terms of characters I'm halfway out the door, but then I'm a let-'em-fight DM as well...)

If I was presented with something like this where the players and DM were already friends of mine the debate/argument would start immediately, probably over a beer or two. :)

I've never spelled any of this out to this kind of degree in my games, and hope I never have to; other than saying that quorum for a session is half the players and if you're not there those players who do turn up will play your character for you. (this usually works out just fine)

As for drinking at the game, I'm all for it. :) But then, we're all friends outside the game anyway, so there's little difference between sitting around in the pub drinking beer and telling tales and sitting around at home drinking beer and playing D+D. :)

Lanefan
 

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