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How often does you group get together? 
15th-Nov-2005 09:29 pm
How often does you group get together?

Also what are some of the ways you use to keep track of games (or to even plan them?)

Currently my game group is a little to out of the blue for me. They will talk among themselves, figure out a date and then message me while I am at work. It will go something like this.

Friday 4pm
Aim Message “Hey pr0f3550r, did you speak to XXXX? No? We set up a game for tonight, do you think you can run?”

The games are not run at my place so I have little control over this sort of thing. I am thinking of either a new group or trying to find ways to get this one organized to where we can play at least every other week.
16th-Nov-2005 02:35 am (UTC)
MOre foten then not games are weekly at a set time for an unset duration.

I played in a game that was "once a week", and we determined as a graoup what time was good for all of us.
16th-Nov-2005 02:41 am (UTC)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, same place, same time. Sometimes we'll switch a Wednesday if multiple people can't make it.
16th-Nov-2005 02:47 am (UTC)
My group plays every friday at a set time until about 12 or whenever we feel the need to stop
16th-Nov-2005 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm in two different groups.
Friday night: my house(I DM), around 5 till 11. Grr, I wish I could game more but one players schooling gets in the way, and the other works usually till 5

Every other Saturday: 9am till Midnight. It's wonderful. We have 2 DMs so we switch at around 4. This group is also around 9 people
16th-Nov-2005 03:19 am (UTC)
My group plays once a week. We have a message board for scheduling and whatnot.
16th-Nov-2005 03:33 am (UTC)
My D&D group gets together every 2 weeks on Saturday at 1pm.

We use email. It's easy enough. Sometimes a phone is used... Like last second changes and what not. But 95% of our communication regarding planning the sesh is though email.

My WFRP group meets only once a month on whichever Friday works for everyone. EMail is also used for that.

16th-Nov-2005 04:00 am (UTC)
All of the games I'm in (as player and DM) have a regularly scheduled day and time. My two D&D games run on alternating weekends (so there's only one per weekend). The Palladium and Werewolf games I play in run every Friday and Wednesday nights, respectively.

I tried to accommodate players a few years ago, but it just didn't work. Between social lives, babysitting schedules, work, school, and whatnot, getting in two games a month was difficult. And sometimes they were back-to-back, with a 4-6 week lull. Worse, even as DM I found myself at the players mercy; if their schedules didn't sync I couldn't play without any of them.

It got to the point that I ended those games and started with a new group. I've kept firm control of the schedule and location... I'm willing to be flexible, but as DM my schedule should be the first one players consult, not the last.
16th-Nov-2005 04:53 am (UTC)
'I'm willing to be flexible, but as DM my schedule should be the first one players consult, not the last.'

I completely agree. You can be down a player or 2, usually, and all will go fine... but no DM/GM and the game is kaput.
18th-Nov-2005 08:42 am (UTC)
Dittos that too. DM I would think has first dibs on what time/date meetings are because everything surrounds when the DM can set things up/work on the game plan.

I do like someone's comment about using a message board for setting up and planning dates/times. One of my groups use to do that and that worked out pretty well. Maybe that will help you out... that is if your gamer group are people who would actually bother to check the board?
16th-Nov-2005 05:24 am (UTC)
We try to game once a week (on weekends), though it doesn't always work out if too many people have stuff to do. We tend to have a regular time (Saturdays at 1) but recently my Saturday's have been busy so we've been doing Sundays at 1. We try to be regular so that even if you don't hear from someone, you can still kind of assume when there's a game.

It's usually our DM's (aka me) job to schedule stuff. Mostly because if the DM can't make it, then the group really can't game. Our last DM flaked out in the planning a lot, which was one of the reasons I staged a coup ;p
16th-Nov-2005 05:25 am (UTC)
I set the time for the game I DM, and steve sets the one for the one I play in. Steve's game is every Tuiesday 8-x, where x is when we clue up. The game I run, we play from 5:30-x on Sundays. For both groups, we use a yahoo game to organize. In Steve's group, we've had two players leave due to time commitments and be replaced, and one with a prohibitive (as of late) work commitment, causing him to miss sessions. As long as three + of the five of us show up. On Sundays, I only have only one problem player, and I don't know why I still let her play... it's like sucking air through a cavity, but it's worth a little aggrivation now to avoid a lot of aggirvation out of game.
16th-Nov-2005 05:39 am (UTC)
every wednesday or thursday from 5/6pm to 10/11pm is when I play.

We use a yahoo group to keep track of everything :)
16th-Nov-2005 10:00 am (UTC)
Thursdays, 5-9. We game online, so I use instant messenger to tell them what the password is in our openRPG room.
16th-Nov-2005 10:52 am (UTC)
We play every Friday at a set place. 7:30 PM BYOB, beeyotch!
16th-Nov-2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
every sunday at my place. sometimes we have food sometimes no,,the booze is on me but if you want beer supply your own because i only drink hard liquer. there is also an every other saturday game down stairs "our grouops gm has the apt. downstairs" that my wife plays but i work so no fun for me
16th-Nov-2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
Well, my Saturday group met weekly, more often than not. However, since this past May, we were on a hiatus until recently (as our son was born right at the beginning of May). Since then, we've gamed maybe three times, but I think we're planning on meeting more often, trying to get back into our schedule.
And our son? Well, he has his own big fuzzy polyhedrals, of course.
16th-Nov-2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
We play every other Saturday by default, but sometimes this has to be shuffled around and the like based on people's lives. We have a provate messageboard that we use for talking about scheduling, for handing out XP after the session, and the like.

Works pretty well, all in all.
16th-Nov-2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
During school breaks, and usually about once every month during those periods. Sometimes we won't get sessions in at all.

As for assembling the gang, the responsibility of calling everyone and aligning schedules usually sits with me. I am lazy. I am forgetful. I get frustrated easily.

So basically, I don't play anymore. I'm just a sort of sad and lonely D&D theorist.
17th-Nov-2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
In the game I DM, we play every other Sunday from 2-8. I also play in a campaign every Tuesday night from 7:30-11:30. A couple of my Sunday players are involved in their own campaigns on the opposite sundays that I run, so we are "locked into" that time (which is fine by me). I find it really helpful to have scheduled games on a particular day and time. It helps with preparation knowing when the next session is and who can or can't make it.
17th-Nov-2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
D&D used to be Saturdays, 4pm til about 2am. I started working until 715pm on Saturdays last month, so I stopped playing the game, because there are two things that drove me nuts -- either I'd get there at around 745pm, and they'd have started and I wouldn't get to hook up with the party until about 10pm; or, they wouldn't have started yet, meaning we'd sit around and chitchat and the game would only get rolling at around 9pm.

d20 Modern used to be on Mondays, from about 4pm til 1am, but now, since everyone playing is off Sunday/Monday except for one player, who is off Mondays and works until 8pm Sunday (and has a convenient reason for being late), we run one really long game -- around 1 or 2pm til 1am, although we realistically only start playing between 3pm and 4pm.

It seems like a long game, but there's usually an hour, hour and a half food run in the middle, and we tend to have off topic discussions here and there. Back when we had a larger group, the game would get surprisingly better and more focused after 10pm when the player count would drop to three -- and really, the best sessions so far with the new d20 Modern game have been when only two PCs were left alive.

I play every week.
23rd-Nov-2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
my group (well not necasserily my group since i don't dm) plays once a week at the same location and same time (from 6:30 to midnight).

we have a notebook to keep track of everything.
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