Session zero checklist

Session zero checklist

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Normally, after character development, my groups jump straight into the meat of the game, but I’ve seen a lot of responses that essentially say “you can have a session 0,” but it’s never clarified what it’s made of, so it’s a bit of a mystery to me.
Session 0 is a joint preparation session in which the gaming community sets the groundwork for a new campaign. Typically, the group will decide on the game/campaign they want to play, manage expectations, define house rules, determine setting specifics, and create characters during this session. Session 0 is a gathering for the gaming community to settle on the type of game they want to play.
Session 0 is completed prior to the start of the first game session (hence the name). Some pick-up games, such as Tenra Bansho Zero and Fate Core, incorporate Sessions 0 activities into standard gameplay so you can get started right away.
Since tabletop RPGs are essentially a shared entertainment practice, Session 0 is recommended. Everyone is there to have a good time, and Session 0 allows the party to decide what kind of game they want to play.

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Normally, after character development, my groups jump straight into the meat of the game, but I’ve seen a lot of responses that essentially say “you can have a session 0,” but it’s never clarified what it’s made of, so it’s a bit of a mystery to me.
Session 0 is a joint preparation session in which the gaming community sets the groundwork for a new campaign. Typically, the group will decide on the game/campaign they want to play, manage expectations, define house rules, determine setting specifics, and create characters during this session. Session 0 is a gathering for the gaming community to decide on the type of game they want to play.
Session 0 is completed prior to the start of the first game session (hence the name). Some pick-up games, such as Tenra Bansho Zero and Fate Core, incorporate Sessions 0 activities into standard gameplay so you can get started right away.
Since tabletop RPGs are essentially a shared entertainment practice, Session 0 is recommended. Everyone is there to have a good time, and Session 0 allows the party to decide what kind of game they want to play.

Lazy d&d prep: ghosts of saltmarsh, session zero part 2

Unlike other adventures, Rime of the Frostmaiden is structured as a set of interconnected quests rather than a single plot. Though “ending the everlasting night” may seem to be the drive of Rime of the Frostmaiden, it isn’t the best way to inspire the characters in the early parts of the adventure. Instead, we can use the following theme to entice the characters to complete the broad range of quests in this adventure:
This provides our characters with a strong purpose to undertake quests in the adventure, no matter where they can lead. One of the most common critiques of Frostmaiden is that it lacks a single, coherent plot that guides the characters through the entire novel. Instead, if we emphasize that the characters are there to assist the people of Ten Towns, nearly every quest would be successful.
You can begin your adventure in any of Ten Towns’ ten towns in Rime of the Frostmaiden. If you can’t decide, it suggests going with Bryn Shander, which I did. I’ve seen a lot of debates about which town to start in on the internet, but this one worked for me.

The ultimate d&d session 0 checklist!

You should know by now that I dislike pretentious, bulls$&%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% At the very least, it’s not jargon I made up. And I despise it because most online gamer advice is nothing more than a long game of telephone. Except for mine, every GMing website, blog, and podcast just keeps repeating itself. And each repetition is a little more careless than the one before it. As a result, something as straightforward as “consider the failure points in your adventure carefully” becomes “fail forward” or “never let the PCs fail ever purple monkey dishwasher.” And that’s assuming the advice was even complex and fair to begin with. That isn’t always the case. To begin with, advice like “listen to what your players have to say and change the story to fit their ideas” is complete nonsense. It’s not going to get any better with practice.
Any time advice is given – whether it is good or poor advice – it is given with a little less finesse, a little more generically, and with a lot less clarification. It eventually develops into an aphorism. Easy-to-repeat sentences that sound like revelations but aren’t. Even helpful words and phrases are stretched and twisted, much like the clothes your chunky roommate borrowed without permission. As a result, phrases like “metagaming” and “railroading” have lost their meaning. That is why phrases like “yes, and…” have devolved into nonsense, despite the fact that they are situationally useful with some practice and careful implementation. That’s why “plot gamer” has devolved from a descriptive term for ideal core engagements to a horde of pretentious, elitist horses$&%.

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