Here is the social contract for our RPG. To sum it up, it goes like this: Show up, on time, ready to play and be respectful! I will now break down each of these aspects to that the next time we get together we all know what is expected of us!
#1.) Show up. We can’t play together if we are not together. You are expected to participate in scheduling the game and showing up at the agreed place and time.
Note: this doesn’t mean you have to be at every event, but if you say you will be there and you don’t show up, or say you can’t make it and then show up, it isn’t helpful. I personally am very upset when this rule is violated. I do work before the session to try and make it entertaining for those involved. If you don’t follow through with your commitment, you might miss content meant for you or participate in content that was constructed expecting your absence.
Note: life happens and I know that things come up. If you have to change your plans let the group know ASAP.
#2.) On time: you are expected to show up at the agreed upon place on time. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal, but if you are verging on 30 minutes, that’s a problem. If you are going to be late, the sooner you can inform the group the better. If you can give us an accurate eta, that will help us out a lot.
Note: this isn’t school and I’m not marking tardies or anything like that. It’s a game and if you have something that pushes you back, that’s fine. Please keep us in the loop with accurate info.
#3.) be ready. Since we have no surprise games, it is expected that when you walk in the door, you will be able to play with whatever equipment you need or that you offered to provide. This is similar to being late, in that it pushes back our start time. If you need help getting ready, please ask for help. I personally would be glad to help you. If you stated you were going to provide a write up or something to help out the group, that also needs to be ready at game time.
Note: this is a game, not homework. If you don’t finish he session write up or that paper model you promised, it isn’t the end of the world. If you however, offered to take something off my plate (such as bring a map, or something like that, which will be used in THAT game session) is another matter. Please don’t over commit yourself.
#4.) Be respectful. This is the one, during the game rule. I don’t care how you participate, or even if you do, but you are expected to be respectful of your fellow players and myself. Other than being a nice person and not hitting or belittling people, but be respectful of what your fellow gamers are doing. If someone is talking, pay attention: don’t be on your phone or be doing any activity that distracts you or the players around you.
Note: I’m not a teacher that will confiscate your phones or smack your knuckles for gazing out a window. If you need to text or call, fine. Please leave the area and make it quick. If you get up to get food or drink cool, just try to be respectful. If you draw on your character sheet or play with a mini, that’s fine. The general rule is if the action you are doing prevents you from hearing and understanding what is going on or the same for a fellow gamer, you probably shouldn’t do it.
To sum it up, the basic rule is: show up, on time, ready to play and be respectful. There aren’t punishments or anything like that, but just know that your behavior has an impact on those around you.