Getting into the game

2007 August 23
by Stupid Ranger

Every week, when I sit down at the table, I complete a specific ritual that helps me get focused and ready to play.

First, I make sure I have a drink. Next, I pull out my character sheet and review it; I check over my weapons/spells, depending on what class I’m playing. Most importantly, I review my notes from the last session. I take pretty extensive notes (you never know when you’ll need to know the name of the innkeeper from two towns back); I like to look over my notes to remember what happened last time, to get my mind thinking like my character. Finally, I pull out my dice for the evening. I have to find my lucky d20; for those of you who are curious, it’s translucent green with white numbers, and the 7’s are crossed. Then I find a couple of other d20’s (in the event that my lucky one lets me down) and a handful of whatever other dice I need for my attacks.

Completing my ritual helps me get focused and ready to play, and while I’m not saying everyone should follow my ritual, I do think everyone needs their own.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    August 24, 2007

    Interesting topic. I believe that DM rituals are very useful to get into the game. I’m a very energetic guy and prone to spend a lot of energy and get a bit excited. My best prep for a game is to finish up gaming prep the day before a game, then the next day, after work, I try to go to the gym for 20 min (works wonders for calming a person) and I try a 20 min power nap before the players come in.

    I’m then usually at my very best after that.

  2. Stupid Ranger permalink
    August 24, 2007

    Everyone is different, which is one of things that makes D&D so entertaining. So it only makes sense that we all prepare ourselves differently for the session.

    I have to say, I never thought of exercising beforehand, but as the rest of my group will tell you, I tend to get sleepy before everyone else; they would probably disown me if I tried exercising first!

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