How to Prepare For a Gaming Session as a Player
I have seen a lot of articles that show game masters how to get ready for a gaming session, but very few on how players can get ready for a gaming session. And since players comprise the majority of any group, I think I will focus on that today. I tried to visualize times when I showed up at a gaming session ready to rock and roll, and other times when I just merely showed up. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare for a gaming session as a player.
- Make sure you have all of you gaming gear. This includes dice, books, writing utensils, your character, and anything else that you need to bring. This may seem like a no brainer, but forget your character to one session and you’ll see the importance of this.
- Get all of your food and drink needs set up prior to getting there. If you’re going to pick up something on the way there, give yourself some extra time to get it. If your friend is supposed to bring drinks, or a pizza to share with the group, call them and make sure they remembered to bring those items.
- Call your game master and see if they need you to bring anything. The game master probably has a lot of things going through their head to get ready for the adventure. They may need you to pick up something for them on the way, and this will help them out greatly.
- If your character leveled up the previous adventure finish that up. Maybe you need to choose another skill or feat for him. Or maybe you’ll now have access to some new gear. Try to get that done before you get there, so you don’t spend an hour trying to find the right new ability for your character.
- Think about what happened last adventure. Try to recall what happened last adventure in your head, where you left off, and what possibly needs to be done this coming adventure. If it was a good adventure, this should be easy to do. But sometimes it may have been a week or more since you last played, and can be more difficult.
- Show up on time. This should be the golden rule for player preparation. No one, player or game master, wants to wait for that last player who shows up an hour late.
- Once you finally get there, get all of your non-gaming related talk out of the way prior to getting started. If you play with friends that you don’t see very often, you may want to catch up about what has happened since the last gaming session. Try to get all of that out as soon as possible so everyone can start up with what you’re there for, to roleplay and have fun!
These are suggestions that I was able to think off of the top of my head. What suggestions do you have in order to prepare for a gaming session as a player?