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18th-Nov-2004 05:21 pm
How often does everyone take breaks during game (as in, you stop game and get some time for the smokers to smoke, the coffee drinkers to refill their coffee, the talkers to talk about life outside of game, etc. etc.)?
19th-Nov-2004 01:39 am (UTC)
In groups I've played, drinks and food occur throughout the game. We'll usually take breaks every couple of hours in addition.

However, I generally try to steer away from real-world discussions during the session because they have a nasty habit of turning into lengthy debates or story-telling hour. Before and after only... Not that I've set no talking rules, but I try hard to steer people back to D&D.
19th-Nov-2004 01:44 am (UTC)
smokers smoke after a major battle and on down-times when one person is doing something solo for a few minutes.
food/drinks occur whenever because of the fridge right next to our table.
We let the DM get coffee whenever he wants it :)
Non-gaming talk occurs before and after games and when the smokers smoke.
19th-Nov-2004 01:56 am (UTC)
It got so bad with one group that they were taking smoke breaks every thirty minutes. THAT was annoying.
19th-Nov-2004 05:50 am (UTC)
I don't smoke myself, but I have two smokers in my group, and they want to smoke every hour to two hours, which can get annoying sometimes. It depends on how their day has been.
19th-Nov-2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
We usually keep the game going while smokers smoke. In our case we can usually hear what is going on while we step outside to smoke as the door is not too far from the play table. Also during warm and clear weather we move the game outside and eliminate the need for smoke breaks.

Lord Skull
19th-Nov-2004 02:14 am (UTC)
we try and take a break about every two or three hours for like 5 - 10 minutes.
19th-Nov-2004 02:15 am (UTC)
well...i dont have smokers or coffee drinkers in my group.....but if i did then the smokers would have to chew gum until we take the 2 hour breaks to stretch. the coffee drinkers would have to get their coffee whenever as long as the coffee pots are nearby where we are playing (i greatly dislike distractions during RP :-\). then comes the talking.....unfortunatly....i still havent figured that one out. i try to keep it to before & after and also during breaks.....but of course nothing really works out the way you plan it :-\ my only suggestion i can think of for the talkers......is try not to have them in your group. i know how hard that can be seeing how my group is all friends, but if theyre your friends then they should realize they can talk any other time besides the game though right??.......im just need to find the guts to say that to my group :-\ i keep on rolling 1s on my willpower check :-(
19th-Nov-2004 06:23 am (UTC)
You think that taking a smoke break is annoying, I played with a group that at some point in the game, they'd all head off the bathroom and take a marijuana break. Not only did this disrupt the game, they wouldn't be really into the game after they came back.

I'm wearing my asbestos underwear so flames on wiether or not pot should be legal will be disregarded.
19th-Nov-2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
We don't take breaks. We don't have any smokers, but when we did, they'd have to duck out while the game was still going. Drinks, potty breaks, etc., go on while the game moves forward. We play Tuesday nights, and only have about three hours at a time, so we don't have the time to waste on breaks. While the DM is getting set up is our "talk about stuff" time.
19th-Nov-2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
We've consensed several times that we need regular breaks, but we usually get too carried away to remember. Usually after a battle, though, there is a sort of natural break that happens.
19th-Nov-2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
Depending on where we play breaks happen throughout the game. We have a decent size party (10 PCs) so not everyone is always engaged at all times during play. This gives some of us time to wander off to smoke or get a drink. Also if we play on the deck there is a ready supply of drinks (cooler of beer) and smokers have no restrictions. Gods I love gaming in nice weather outdoors. It kind of gives you an advernturing feel especially when the sun is going down and you bring out the candles to play by. The other players are also courtious and ask if anyone else needs anything while they wander so only one PC not engaged makes the beer/food run upstairs when we are indoors. Also our DM smokes so he will step out during party discussions and in character debates to take care of his urge.

Lord Skull
19th-Nov-2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
What are breaks?....LOL
19th-Nov-2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
Breaks? Pish posh, we'll have none of those during our games. In the event that food is being ordered, a 5 minute breather to look at the menu is called, which will only happen if we have game down-time anyway and the downtime talk (such as figuring out what to do next) still continues.

The same is true for when the food actually arrives. We, for the most part, eat and play at the same time.

Understand though, there are plenty of times where eating is not even necessary.

We had -one- smoker in our group, a while back who is no longer with us (no, his character lived, he just had a job or something equally as pointless), and he always left the room when he wanted a smoke, because it bothered the rest of us. It was never a problem.

Individual bathroom runs are taken as needed over the course of the game, mostly during battles following a character's intiative (since it's generally a long time getting back to him/her).

Talk occurs all throughout the game, though there generally isn't very much "real world" talk going on. It happens, but it's generally goofy and always geared in some way towards the topics and situations of the game.

If we get too chattery, the DM politely attempts to usher us back into line, which lasts for all of maybe 10 minutes (tops) before we start up again. It's all gravy though, because it doesn't lag the game at all unless we start drowning the DM out when he talks. :P Happens from time to time.

In short, see reamshankers comment. xD
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