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Alice Baker
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Do you create rules for your gaming group?

Why or why not?

Seems like a good idea to me.

I have two groups. One table top and one RPG. Both have kids. I feel like laying down some ground rules and expectations are a good idea.

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There's no written rules, but we all seem to grok three important things:

1. Be polite.

2. Try to pick games so that everyone can be included.

3. Treat the games nicely.

I'm fortunate to play with people where we've never had to say all of these things out loud.
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Rule #1 Do not talk about game night
Rule #2 Do not talk about game night
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I have one. Don't talk about politics.
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We don't, but we should.

Personally, I would say:

1) No TV. I'm tired of saying, "hey, it's your turn....hey....hey..." (sometimes followed by a recap of what just happened on the board). You want to watch that show or football game? NO problem...either reschedule the game or don't invite me...either works.

2) Leave your non-gaming family at home. It's not OK to bring your wife and daughter to a 4-6 hour game session. Especially when after two hours your wife's asking "are you done yet?" and "when are we leaving?" Your 3-5 year old daughter is cute, and it's nice to see her, but NOT on game night when she's trying to grab components off the table, and especially, hand painted miniatures. Regardless what you say, it's not "quality family time."

Yes, I know, I need to just find a group that works better for my gaming interests.

As posted above, you'd think such rules need not be stated, but rather implied and understood. At least that's the kind of group I'd like to join.
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Right?

Sometime I feel like people need to be reminded of simple thinks like, be on time.

If these unspoken rules your group has were spoken out loud, how did you think people would respond? Perhaps "well duh" given your group....

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I kinda feel like group generated rules would also help everyone figure out if they are in the right group.

My big one is Your engagement is required not just your presence.
I am tried of that same issue but with cell phones.
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I see what you did there!.

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We just follow "The Will Wheaton" rule. Pretty much covers all potential problems. whistle
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Our gaming group doesn't have a laid out policy of rules but we do tend to enforce the basic socially standards. Be polite, don't flip the table, be respectful of other peoples property etc.

Although I've often considered making a set of rules simply so that new members (and existing ones) know exactly where they stand. It's not been a large issue previously, but I could see the need for one, especially as our group grows and the organisers have less direct/frequent contact with our members. I'll give this some thought over the weekend and post my results later.
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Guantanamo wrote:
I have one. Don't talk about politics.
We don't have this rule...mostly because my gamers are fairly apolitical...but it's really causing problems right now.

Pete (has a few people avoiding each other because of that right now)
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For me I keeping thinking that I want to do it "for the kids"... but the more I think about it I think it is important for the adults as well so we're not making assumptions.

I have friends who have a more fluent idea of time than I do and I hate having people waiting around until those individuals arrive.

Or the same people are always doing the set up because they are the people on time.
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plezercruz wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
I have one. Don't talk about politics.
We don't have this rule...mostly because my gamers are fairly apolitical...but it's really causing problems right now.

Pete (has a few people avoiding each other because of that right now)


I have always had friends that run the gambit across all political believes, but when they are at my house they are all the same [gamers]
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No cell phones except to look up rules, if necessary.
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If they're written, perhaps they're on the group's page, facebook page, or Meetup group homepage. Most of them have been unwritten with some "common sense" thrown in...

--don't ruin people's games
--the cat is also the host of the house
--game owner reserves the right to call a game early if his copy of the game is in use
--don't take other people's games

--we don't make people play games they don't want to (whose tradeoff is we get less variety and certain games virtually blacklisted)
--if someone really did get roped into playing a game they didn't want to play by your insistence, you can't complain about cell phones and other distractions
--if there's a lot of downtime between turns (more than 7 minutes, you can't really expect a no cellphones nor distractions policy.
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Be glad you have a group to begin with... soblue
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The only rule we have is no coupling at the table. Coupling is couples playing as couples. We tend to have the rest of the table couple against them, they learn fast. It is actually more of a guideline.
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Basics:

1. Play to win, if you can't win, play to improve your final standing. King making and making teams in games that are meant to be played individually is not ok

2.if you get caught cheating, you will receive a single warning, if you're caught again, you will not be invited back

3.Win with grace, lose with dignity. Do not go overboard celebrating, do not whine or take losing personally

4. Handle the components with care. Do not bend or scratch the cards, even if they are sleeved. Avoid throwing dices on the board

5. No food and specially no drinks at the gaming table. I don't care how careful you are,

6. Cellphones or any other distraction is only ok for games with very long downtime between turns

7. Take backs are only ok if you're learning the game

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darthain wrote:
The only rule we have is no coupling at the table. Coupling is couples playing as couples. We tend to have the rest of the table couple against them, they learn fast. It is actually more of a guideline.


Must be those lovey/dovey Canadian couples. Down here, couples are more likely to attack each other first!
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The rules of my games group are mainly there because the venue is a church. I have gotten a tiny bit of flak for one of the rules ("no evil themed games"), but it's mainly not a problem.

1. Venue is alcohol & tobacco free.
2. Please no offensive language.
3. No D&D or other "evil" themed games. If you're not sure, just ask.

 
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