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A New Broom Sweeps Clean

It’s official [1], the next edition of D&D is in the works, and those Coastal Wizards are asking for help in crafting the rules. But you probably knew this; heck, it was in the New York Times [2]. Perhaps you’ve volunteered to help out and put your stamp on the next iteration of Gygax & Arneson’s creation. Good for you.

But this article isn’t about D&D, or crowdsourcing, or editions. A new game is an excellent opportunity to make other changes at your table. Perhaps it’s a chance to try out something new, or change something that’s been bugging you. (And if you’re not playtesting D&D, you could run a new game this year [3].)

Is there anything else you might like to change in your group when you change your game? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

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#1 Comment By Razjah On January 12, 2012 @ 9:34 am

I like to try to change my group’s natural habits. In a role play intensive game such as the one I am planning to run in about two weeks. I don’t want the players doing a lot out of character. I am going to stress the role play, paying attention to the game, and staying in character.

My last game was fairly hack and slashy, and it showed in the player’s. Hopefully a few changes (smaller group, no battlemat) will help.

#2 Comment By Kurt “Telas” Schneider On January 12, 2012 @ 10:12 am

[18] – As always, my stock reply is to talk to them about it, but a technique that I’ve used (and had used on me) is “everything you say, your character says”. Use some kind of hand signal (crossed fingers, etc) to indicate when out-of-character conversation is happening, but I find it cuts down on the Monty Pythonisms when speaking to the mad fire mage.

#3 Comment By Volcarthe On January 12, 2012 @ 11:04 am

The primary reason I got a Kindle Fire was to facilitate gaming at the table, and it’s been useful so far without me even running a game. I have about ten games in PDF loaded up for rules on the go and a handful of useful websites set. All I need is to find a non-crappy digital dice roller.

#4 Comment By Razjah On January 12, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

[19] – I have had that used on me. It works well. But a group of players who are not very interested in playing out their characters will be using the OoC methods to talk far more than it should be. I a, talking to the group about what to expect. Table behavior is going to come up very soon.

#5 Comment By Kurt “Telas” Schneider On January 13, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

[20] – I don’t know if it’s for the Fire yet, but I like Dice Bag for Android.