The first session of my new D&D campaign went really well. In the past I’ve always set aside a whole afternoon and played into the night with beer and other refreshments on hand. Everything was in-session: levelling up, buying equipment, everything. The ability to do this has become a distant memory for me and my circle, so instead I took a firm hand and limited the game to two and a half hours. Distribution of experience and skill-selection and other “downtime” activities now take place at home during the week for my partner, and in a weekly Skype meet for the other two players.
The session turned out to be perfectly timed, with the players getting through everything I had hoped they would in the time available.
My friend KyoheiZero acquitted himself very well, and seemed to grasp the principles of role-playing straight away. And by principles I don’t mean the rules, I mean the unspoken social contracts and conceits that make the game wobbly if not everyone is committed to them.
I’m looking forward to continuing with this new style of play. I’m pleased to be able to find new ways to play as my life grows and changes, instead of just letting my games become treasured memories and trappings of a former life stage, as so many friends have done.
All the best,