What’s needed for hosting an RPG?

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To host a successful RPG night, ensure there are enough materials such as rulebooks, character sheets, pencils, paper, and dice. Encourage players to bring their own materials and contribute to snacks and drinks. Proper preparation ensures a fun and smooth game.

Whenever you want to invite some friends over for a fun night, organizing an RPG is a great idea. As few as three or as many as a dozen people can participate in a single RPG group, and with a little preparation, everyone will have a blast. A good host needs to make sure there are plenty of starting materials, pencils, paper, dice, somewhere to play, and of course food and drink. If you have all of this covered, your game should run smoothly.

To play any organized RPG, your group needs to have all the relevant source material. This could include rulebooks, printouts, maps, and character sheets, depending on the game system your party uses. It’s a good idea to have several of your important books, as well as extra character sheets and note paper. An otherwise fun game can be frustrating if multiple people need to look up important information at the same time and there’s only one book between them.

This is even more important under certain circumstances, such as character creation and shopping. RPG-specific information, such as the skills, abilities, and powers a character has access to, is found in one or more rulebooks. If your party includes more than two or three players, you might encourage some of them to purchase an extra copy or two of important books. The easier your players can find the information they need, the more time you have to actually play.

An often overlooked element in a good RPG session is proper paper and pencils. A good game master should keep a supply of extra character sheets, scrap paper and pencils on hand, along with good erasers. The only thing more frustrating than having to wait for another player to finish looking up something in the rulebook is having to wait for another player to finish erasing something so you can use the pencil.

The same goes for dice. Encourage the players in your group to invest in as many dice as they might need for the game. Not only is it fun to choose your own dice, but it makes the game much smoother.
Of course, no RPG is complete without food and drink. A typical session can easily last three hours or more. Depending on when you host your game, this could include lunch or dinner – or both – but it should at least include some snacks and drinks. It’s a good idea to suggest that each of your players contribute something to eat or drink, or that they all contribute a pizza.

Whenever friends get together to play an RPG, they are likely to enjoy it. To keep things running smoothly while hosting, don’t forget to plan enough role-playing books, pencils, paper, dice, and of course, food. It’s hard to kill a dragon on an empty stomach, but it’s even worse when you don’t have a pencil to write down all the treasures you find in its lair.

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