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Questions tagged [session]

For questions about gaming sessions for RPGs. A session is generally a single instance of gameplay, encompassing the gathering of players physically or through technology-assisted means, play of the game, and conclusion of the gathering.

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How can I quickly get a player back into a session after their character dies?

As a GM, what kind of techniques could I use to help a player re-join the gaming session after their character dies? I want to avoid any major interruptions to the flow of the adventure. I would also ...
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What is the world record for the longest D&D marathon?

I have been looking for a while to find the world record for the longest Dungeons and Dragons marathon because me and my friends had a plan to try and attempt to beat it and give the money from the ...
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How can I plan, prepare, and enforce an episodic structure?

I have more or less always run my campaigns as very continuous affairs, in which each game session picks up, in game, only moments or hours after the previous session ended. If the party ends play in ...
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How can we better fit our D&D campaign into 30 minute sessions?

My players and I meet each day at lunch at our school to play our D&D game. The lunch period is only about 30 minutes, which gives us a very short time frame in which to advance the game. Once ...
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What should be considered when trying to host a game outside of one's home? [closed]

I want to find a new group, but I haven't got the physical space in my small apartment to host gaming sessions. What tips do you have when playing e.g. at a cafe?
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How do I record a session?

I want to do some audio recordings of sessions, both for my own purpose and to share. What do I need? How do I do it? How do I make it listenable to others?
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How do I plan sessions that are still fun even if they don't move the plot forward?

I'm fairly new to DMing, but I really enjoy it. My campaign is still pretty early in, and plot is moving forward pretty well; last session actually revealed a huge chuck of the relevant current events....
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What should I have my players read before our first session ever?

Our background: I've wanted to play an RPG for several years, and I'm finally going to get to schoolmates friends of mine together for about 5-6 hours to try out Dungeon world. Originally I was ...
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Where to find game session reports? [closed]

Is there a place on the internet that gather stories of rpg game sessions? I've read some on game-specific websites but is there a common place to read other's tales?
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How to run short sessions?

I am currently DMing for a group of people whom I only recently met. We've been playing for some time, but we have a bit of trouble getting together regularly, but since everyone seems to enjoy that, ...
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How to quickly plan a fun one-off session?

I'm planning to run a few one-off adventures in D&D 4 for my group. They just don't have the time or energy for an ongoing adventure. We've done this a couple of times over the last few years to ...
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What can I do to make playing a long D&D session more comfortable?

Right now, we play D&D every other Saturday and spend between eight and eleven hours playing in one sitting. We usually take a break for food, but eat it at the gaming table (Our wives sometimes ...
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How can Fate Accelerated be adapted to very short game time windows?

I'm running a roleplaying games club, and I have a rather difficult predicament. We have the capacity to meet weekly, but only for the span of about half an hour to forty minutes. The problem is ...
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On average, how long do Adventurers League sessions last?

On average, how long do sessions tend to last in Adventurers League organized play for D&D 5e?
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How should I run an encounter involving scouting out an area then setting an ambush afterwards?

Currently, I am designing a campaign in Mouse Guard 2nd Ed involving the patrol delivering the mail to all of the minor settlements in the territories and stumbling into huge conflicts through doing ...
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Preparing for Very Long Game Sessions [closed]

I am trying to run a long game (23+ hours). What are some of the other games that have run like this, and how can I best prepare the environment and game?
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Resources for Large Groups [closed]

We're starting an offline gaming club here at the school I teach at. I'll probably lead a few D&D 5e sessions to get things started and I thought it might be a good idea to get some input from ...
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In Fate, how long should the break between the Worldbuilding Session and the next session be? [closed]

I'm going to run my first game in two days, and I'm going to spend the entire day with the two players I'll run it with. I plan to have a brainstormy worldbuilding session first, to figure out what ...