Why We Play: The Social Aspect

At some point nearly every role-playing session gets bogged down with out-of-character conversation, and in some cases this can bring an entire session to its knees.  Although occasionally irritating, especially to a Game Master who has an important adventure planned, in most cases these diversions are tolerated and unconsciously encouraged.

This is because role-playing is social, and oftentimes it is the only opportunity we get to see our friends. Remember, one cannot role-play without other people (we call that dementia, and prescribe drugs for it). If you enjoy role-playing, it’s partially because you enjoy interacting with others.

But social fulfillment has two aspects–action (or the need to do things together) and conversation–and while role-playing readily satisfies the former, its very nature inhibits the latter. Therefore, a gaming session should reflect both these needs, and be planned accordingly. Here are some social tips for making your gaming session more enjoyable:

Do you have a tip to keep sessions from bogging down? Let us know!

  • Tovar

    i didnt think to set time aside for bs, maybe thats why i got fed up with my players and stopped being a dm. thanks.

  • Jeff Carlsen

    Yeah. I think we came upon the advice by force. If we didn’t set time aside for it, the group simply took time to do it. As a gamemaster, you just learn to accept what’s given to you.

  • Jeff Carlsen

    Yeah. I think we came upon the advice by force. If we didn’t set time aside for it, the group simply took time to do it. As a gamemaster, you just learn to accept what’s given to you.

  • http://www.geekydomains.com/ Tyson J. Hayes

    @Tovar I would always suggest trying to run again. Don’t let it get you down that you got fed up before. I’d suggest trying to run something pre-built and focusing on the fun of playing. You may find yourself enjoying it again. :)

  • http://www.geekydomains.com Tyson J. Hayes

    @Tovar I would always suggest trying to run again. Don’t let it get you down that you got fed up before. I’d suggest trying to run something pre-built and focusing on the fun of playing. You may find yourself enjoying it again. :)

  • Tovar

    i didnt think to set time aside for bs, maybe thats why i got fed up with my players and stopped being a dm. thanks.

  • http://spyderzt.blogspot.com/ Spyder Z

    I never really ran into too much issue with it. Typically, by the time I was running games for people that weren’t family, we would play at a location where people who weren’t gaming could otherwise amuse themselves and people who were could either game, or chat with the other people while the focus wasn’t on their player.

  • http://spyderzt.blogspot.com/ Spyder Z

    I never really ran into too much issue with it. Typically, by the time I was running games for people that weren’t family, we would play at a location where people who weren’t gaming could otherwise amuse themselves and people who were could either game, or chat with the other people while the focus wasn’t on their player.