I just say "Let's get this party started."
Then we're off.
Then we're off.
Pre-game is usually about food and getting everyone comfortable.I play on multiple tables. I'm curious how you all transition from pre-game to in-game.
On one table, the pre-game chit-chat is usually about the campaign. The game starts as soon as the DM has set up his things (we are always a few minutes early). We know the game has started once the DM joins in the conversation, and usually confirms or corrects some of our summaries on what happened previous session.
On another table, people really catch up on life in general. The pre-game chit-chat is never about D&D. And as the DM I really have to check in with people if they are ready to start, as I don't want to be rude and interrupt a conversation. It can be a little frustrating because my mind is on the game already. But the players are all busy people with busy jobs and they don't need more rules in their lives. Luckily, once we start, the game does not get interrupted a lot for off-topic chats, so I guess it's necessary to get the other topics out of the way.
How does it go at your table?
I used to do that with a YouTube playlist of the tavern music from DDO."When we last we saw our intrepid band..." [brief recap, solicit recap/recollections from players]
At home this may be accompanied by putting on some adventuresome music.
There was a great pastoral traveling music track on YouTube I used to routinely have on in the background as the players arrived, we set up and chit-chatted, but sadly it seems to be unavailable now. I should find a replacement.
The music cue thing is great. I think the first place I remember specifically seeing it recommended was in the Mekton II RPG, which suggested selecting a theme song for your "anime show"/session, and advised that the authors had used Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone.Three ways work really well, depending on the table:
- Hit play on the speaker, and have it start with the same exact song every time. Pavlov's dog and all. It really helps if the song's intro is unmistakably unmistakable. I had one DM that always started with the song below.