Is there a standard time to start 4-hour RPG sessions? Like 9am, 2pm, and 7pm for instance?
Sorry if this is a stupid question. I've poured through the new GM documents, but I've never been to Gen Con and I can't seem to find this info.
Not really, no. Some groups certainly have some standards, and 8 am, noon, 4 pm, 8 pm are fairly common, but they're not universal.
If you're running a compelling, reasonable in-demand game, just pick the time that is convenient for you and you'll get a handful of players.
You probably only need to spend much thought debating start times if you're running large events.
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Ok, thank you very much!
From personal experience, 8 AM tends to increase the number of no-shows, as people overestimate their CON scores. YMMV, of course.
Just a personal opinion - I LOVE to play long RPGs on Saturday night and I seem to have a hard time finding 8pm starts on Saturday. I love going into the night on the last evening of the con. I'd be totally down for late night Saturday gaming.
I wanted to just piggy-back on this post to ask what is the typical duration of an RPG event? It seems like 4 hours, but is 5 out of the ordinary?
Rough distribution of RPG events:
Again: if you're running a relatively small-scale event for a dozen players or less, then just run the coolest event you can't. Don't waste time trying to figure out the default or the optimal time or whatever else - if you run a cool game you'll be able to find a handful of people to come and play it.
Pick a time and duration that both works for you and the game you are trying to run. If you need 5 hours to be comfortable and not be rushed? Take it. If you want a focused 2-hour games that's in and out? Run it.
Chances are high at Gen Con you'll find enough other gamers who like the things you do the way you do that you'll be able to fill table.
Just make sure your event listing sounds as exciting as your event is going to actually be - and then tell people about it.
My group will be running a tight time frame of 9/1/5 for events on Friday [RPG] and a NHM 1pm/5pm set
Our group (Sparks force 7) does it 8am, Noon, then a 1 hr break, then 5pm and 9pm..