D&D 5E "When Starting Up a New Campaign I Always Have a Session #0" (a poll)

True or False: "When Starting Up a New Campaign I Always Have a Session #0"

  • True.

    Votes: 78 66.7%
  • False.

    Votes: 39 33.3%


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Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Yes for me. If nothing else, I at least want to go over the campaign pitch with everyone, inform them of any house rules I want to employ, and brainstorm character ideas. If there’s potential for sensitive content that I don’t know whether someone in my group will be cool with or not, I’ll bring that up as well.
 

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Yes for me. If nothing else, I at least want to go over the campaign pitch with everyone, inform them of any house rules I want to employ, and brainstorm character ideas.
That was something I found awfully helpful: letting players know how I intended to DM, which optional rules I'd use and which I wouldn't, and so on. It made a bigger difference than I'd expected.
 


Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Takes me a whole week to make a character! :blush:
When you say “make a character” are you referring only to the mechanical decisions (race and subrace; background and characteristics; class and potentially subclass; spell choices if applicable; ability score assignment; starting equipment)? Or are you also including stuff like description, backstory, etc.
 

tetrasodium

Legend
Supporter
Epic
I try but my efforts seem futile these days in 5e. Either the players know my style & it's not really needed beyond the pitch or the players don't & I would need to teach them how to work together in character creation or somehhow filter out the budding novelists itching to finally "tell your story" with a few sidekicks
 
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prabe

Tension, apprension, and dissension have begun
Supporter
These days, there's a chance Session Zero is both loose and conducted via emails or something. There is a discussion of what the premises and expectations for the campaign are, and of people's characters (or at least their character concepts).
 



billd91

Not your screen monkey (he/him) 🇺🇦🇵🇸🏳️‍⚧️
It's not always a formal session to start the campaign off, but I usually do have a series of conversations about what we're playing, what sorts of characters fit into the game we're planning, and so on. Some may be as the whole group or subsets of the group. I do like having rolling parties where we all get together to roll up the PCs.
 

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