Poll: Where do RPGs rank in how you enjoy spending your free time?


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Preface: I play with 3 of my children and spouse, and we typically run 1-2hour on Friday evening and if we have time another 2-4hour on Sat or Sunday. My son and I alternate GMing our campaigns week to week.

It just occurred to me that as Friday gets closer I really get amp'd up for the game, it doesn't matter if I'm GMing or playing. Its probably become the high-point of my week regarding how I spend my free time. In my case, its a synergy of both a hobby I enjoy as well as getting to spend hours with my family doing something we all enjoy.

So - please favorite one of the posts below regarding how much you look forward to your gaming sessions, and if you like leave a post about why you voted how you voted.

1. The next session is usually the most fulfilling way I spend my free time during an average week. "Top way I spend my free time"

2. I look forward to it, but its equally as much fun as a few other things I do with my free time. "top 1/3 of how I spend my free time"

3. I enjoy it, but it pulls me away from other hobbies. "top 1/2 of how I spend my free time"

4. Meh. I'd rather be gardening/woodworking/reading/playing video games/etc. "bottom 1/2 of how I spend my free time."


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1. The next session is usually the most fulfilling way I spend my free time during an average week. "Top way I spend my free time"


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2. I look forward to it, but its equally as much fun as a few other things I do with my free time. "top 1/3 of how I spend my free time"


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3. I enjoy it, but it pulls me away from other hobbies. "top 1/2 of how I spend my free time"


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4. Meh. I'd rather be gardening/woodworking/reading/playing video games/etc. "bottom 1/2 of how I spend my free time."


As I'm almost always the GM, preparing for the next session is time-consuming and can feel like work at times. That said, I usually enjoy it.


Tormsskull wrote:
As I'm almost always the GM, preparing for the next session is time-consuming and can feel like work at times. That said, I usually enjoy it.

I can totally appreciate that.

I've almost exclusively GM'd as well, its funny my kids ask "what was your most favorite character?" and I tell them it was my druid from the first game my son GM'd...because it was only my 3rd character since 1E in 1989 (not counting 2 one-shots).

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I favorited 2 and 3, because I think I'm somewhere in between. It's a hard question to answer, though, when you consider the varying logistics of different gaming outlets.

For example: my RPG-ing takes the form of a weekly face-to-face group and about a half-dozen play-by-posts (two of which I'm GMing). The meatspace group is on a regular schedule, and the PbPs are on my lunchbreaks at work or at other times when I have a moment.

I'm also into playing Magic: the Gathering. I play with a group of friends/acquaintances now and then (like, maybe one evening every 2-3 months), and I play local semi-competitive events about twice a month.

Other nerdy pastimes are generally done one-on-one with my wife, such as watching sci-fi/fantasy/anime/whatever together or playing Ascension (a deckbuilding game), or occasionally going to a local game store where you can borrow a game from their library and play it.

Now, think about the time commitment for each of those. The PbPs can be done at work, while none of the others can. So I'm spending time on them, but does that time "count" for this poll, since it's incapable of competing with my other hobbies? Meanwhile, the TV/movie-watching and 2-player games with my wife (as well as MtG deckbuilding) can be done any time I have a free evening/afternoon, so I'd have to get REALLY busy before that could conflict with any of the scheduled events (meatspace D&D, FLGS Magic).

This poll frames the prioritization of free time expenditure in terms of which activities pull time away from other activities. But if all the activities fit into different time slots with little to no overlap, how do we rank them?


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It's definitely my top recreation if I include the time I spend reading/pondering/debating about gaming and not just playing. I almost like that side of things as much as the actual time at the table.


Jiggy wrote:

I favorited 2 and 3, because I think I'm somewhere in between. It's a hard question to answer, though, when you consider the varying logistics of different gaming outlets.

This poll frames the prioritization of free time expenditure in terms of which activities pull time away from other activities. But if all the activities fit into different time slots with little to no overlap, how do we rank them?

Free time for me is free time. While there might be some logical ways I can spend waking hours (IE I could go work out at 0500 before work, or sleep in, but can't play PF) I don't all of my waking hours into my free-time account. For me its more like evenings and weekends when I don't have to work. I like to garden, cycle/run, camp and hike, read, paint mini's, do sub-par wood-working, and several other things when I'm not working, but honestly I would have trouble segregating any of them into unique time-slots. So to a degree they're all competing for my and my family's time together when I'm not working.

While I ranked gaming my #1 right now, this fall when we vacation to the mountains in Utah (part of our annual family trip to a different place each year), hiking is going to be #1...but in general except when we're off "adventuring for real" like this trip to Utah, I most enjoy our RPG time with my children compared to other things I could be doing or doing with them.


I like GM'ing but I don't like prepping.

To answer the question GM'ing or playing are equal to me. The only thing that really competes with it are MMA fights.

I am either at 2 or 3 for the purpose of the poll. I don't really devote that much time to it, but it is not because it is not high enough. I just have to be in a certain mindset to prep a game, and the actual playing doesn't take up that much time with the current group.

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I went with 2 because I spend most of my free time playing or prepping the RPG or playing the Adventure Card Game. But you specifically said RPG, and the card game has eked out ahead of the RPG in my interest these days.

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Is it ok if I favorite 1 and 4?

I vacillate daily on if I love this hobby and what I do, to detesting every aspect of gaming (design, players, forums, everything).


6. Running games is how I would prefer to spend a majority of my free time, if players were available.


I actually did run games six nights a week in college, when I could round up enough people from the dorms to play almost anytime.

Oddly I didn't get fatigued by running until after that when I first had to get used to just one game at a time with the same group. I've gotten used to that, but still think fondly of running more often. Sadly there aren't alot of players in this area.


Although I currently have no RPGs going (just had to cancel the M&M game I was running for various reasons that suck - not the players, other stuff) I would say I range from 1-2 when I have RPGs going on. I've run a lot more than I've played and I would love to get more time playing in, but that depends on finding a game to play in.

I still enjoy running games, though. I kind of want to run an adventure path, but not sure where/how I want to arrange such a thing, plus I have to pick the AP and purchase it.


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Until I am sitting in an overheated overpriced convention hotel with two rules lawyers, a bored 12 year old and a guy 'roleplaying' a prostitute, at which point I wish I spent more time gardening.


I've been suspicious about this for a long time, so I'm going to ask you. Do people ever start poll threads to win at the most favourites on one post game?


Goddity wrote:
I've been suspicious about this for a long time, so I'm going to ask you. Do people ever start poll threads to win at the most favourites on one post game?

If that's a game, is Tacticslion considered a ringer?


There's a game?


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Goddity wrote:
I've been suspicious about this for a long time, so I'm going to ask you. Do people ever start poll threads to win at the most favourites on one post game?

If they do, they shouldn't have more than two options.


Goddity wrote:
I've been suspicious about this for a long time, so I'm going to ask you. Do people ever start poll threads to win at the most favourites on one post game?

Can you be playing the "most favorites" without knowing you're playing?

I've started a couple and am either looking to get some statistical insight about the community - (like How and with whom do your game with? this), which provided interesting info when compared to a lot of the positions about RAW on the forum. IE: if you run home-brew, you can adjust w/o official errata, but if you're PFS or lots of APs you're more bound to company fixes.

or the current one which is more to generate discussion on Gamer Talk about our hobby.


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I've come to prefer GMing over the years, and I enjoy prepping and the anticipation of seeing how the player's react to what I have created. Of course, about 70% of the time, they make decisions that bypass what I've prepped, so it hardly ever comes out as planned.

That being said, I'm involved in three different groups (two I GM, one I play), and I look forward to two every week (and the third once a month) with great anticipation, and am always disappointed when they are cancelled.


Scythia wrote:

I actually did run games six nights a week in college, when I could round up enough people from the dorms to play almost anytime.

Oddly I didn't get fatigued by running until after that when I first had to get used to just one game at a time with the same group. I've gotten used to that, but still think fondly of running more often. Sadly there aren't alot of players in this area.

Those were the good old days eh.

We've pretty much established Friday evening as a gaming night and if we're quick through supper can be setup by 6pm...by 9pm my wife is usually tapping out, and I have to laugh telling her that was about the time we were just hitting our groove in college and 0200 finishes were not uncommon (including a lot more beer drinking).
Since everyone in our 2 campaigns lives under the same roof there is a lot of flexibility to get sessions in compared to having to get the group together. We even take the game when we travel so we can run a couple hour session when we're back from hiking.

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1. The next session is usually the most fulfilling way I spend my free time during an average week. "Top way I spend my free time"

My main group went the entire month of May without a game session, and I hated it. I did participate in other games with a different group during that time, but I was still unhappy that the main group wasn't getting together.

I live in fear that some of the friends in the main group, which has been gaming together for nearly 25 years, will quit gaming/move out of town/die/otherwise become unavailable. I don't want to have to look for a new group, and I don't want to go without gaming at least once a week.


I spend more time on MMORPGs than TTRPGs, but still have a weekly game that runs 4+ hours.


2. I only get to play about once every 3 weeks, so most of my time is spent in pleasant solitude.


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It's easily one of my favorite hobbies (tied with fighting games), but it does have to compete with books, movies, video-games and (other) social gatherings. It probably wins over any single one of those alternatives, but not over all of them together... I occasionally skip less important social events for a good RPG session, but I'll very rarely skip meeting my friends or family for it.

I do however occasionally have a lot of free time in my work... And RPG-related activities often keep me busy during that time (homebrew, forum discussion, PbP, etc)... Although that's mostly because I can't really do anything else at the office (I don't think they'd allow me to play Street Fighter here -.-).


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1. There is a saying in our area. "We game more than we should and not as often as we'd like." So yea.


ngc7293 wrote:
1. There is a saying in our area. "We game more than we should and not as often as we'd like." So yea.

It seems someone forgot answer 0: "RPG's are life; the rest is just details."


The poll is problematic for me.

I play Pathfinder not because it ranks Nth on my preferred ways to spend my free time.

I play it because it's one of my ACCESSIBLE and enjoyable ways to spend my extremely limitd free time, given constraints imposed by working full+ time, having to manage a household, and limits on my income.

If I had the means to do what I'd truly want to do with my free time, I might not play RPGs, or do any gaming at ALL.


GM 1990 wrote:


4. Meh. I'd rather be gardening/woodworking/reading/playing video games/etc. "bottom 1/2 of how I spend my free time."

If this is a person's attitude, why would you go through all the work to learn such a complex hobby if you don't even enjoy it that much?

The worst part is I know people who think this way...

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I game entirely too much.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
I game entirely too much.

And admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery :-).

...although, you didn't exactly say it was a problem.

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Until recently, 4 AP campaigns, regular PFS game days and one-off home PFS games. One AP complete, looking to start a new one. Some weeks I'm gaming almost every night.


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The poll is problematic for me.

I play Pathfinder not because it ranks Nth on my preferred ways to spend my free time.

I play it because it's one of my ACCESSIBLE and enjoyable ways to spend my extremely limitd free time, given constraints imposed by working full+ time, having to manage a household, and limits on my income.

If I had the means to do what I'd truly want to do with my free time, I might not play RPGs, or do any gaming at ALL.

Well ya, I'd love to fly to Kauai and hang out on the beach in sleepy Princeville every Saturday in our lear. But I'd probably still want to game during the flight - which would be nice.

I took several years off from gaming, realized I missed it every time I'd crack open one of my Dragon mags or 1E books in the storage room, and can't imagine just going cold-turkey now....regardless of how much $ or means I had.

...come on....don't look at it like you play because it ranks nth. Instead, just accept that you play, and by virtue of that and other things you do it ranks nth. Top half? Bottom half? you could even toss a coin.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Until recently, 4 AP campaigns, regular PFS game days and one-off home PFS games. One AP complete, looking to start a new one. Some weeks I'm gaming almost every night.

How do PFS game nights work? Is it like a set evening during the week, weekends, both?

Just curious. Not that i'll be starting, I'm GMing, playing in my son's AP, and recently my 10yr old (who also plays in both), has -really- been leaning on me to help her design a one shot so she can run a game for the family...and tossing in those "only daughter doe eyes" too. Killing me.

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GM 1990 wrote:
How do PFS game nights work? Is it like a set evening during the week, weekends, both?

Usually I hit up my crew on Facebook or email and say 'you free this night for this scenario?' then we gather on Roll20.


I am so jealous of you, TOZ.

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TOZ wrote:
This crew was hard earned, fought for with sweat and tears. Team Awesome stands as one, though we may be apart.

It should be noted that standing is not required. You can lounge, recline, or even lie down at your discretion. Also shoes, shirts, bras, and socks are optional.


*sigh*

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
GM 1990 wrote:
How do PFS game nights work? Is it like a set evening during the week, weekends, both?
Usually I hit up my crew on Facebook or email and say 'you free this night for this scenario?' then we gather on Roll20.

Interesting. It never occurred to me people might do PFS online as their campaign scenario with a steady group.

Can anyone access the scenarios and run them as one-shots?


Its.....Friday!!! That means game tonight!!!

I'm also supposed to be running a "1st timers" one shot for my son (not a newbie) and a few of his friends tomorrow. 3 hours...I'm going to have to keep it simple and moving along. I hate starting at the entry to the dungeon, but if I don't I'm burning 2 encounters getting them there and for intro to the game the RP aspect is not as important. I think I'm going to compromise and have an NPC guide getting them close, that way I can RP interaction with them, help them get into character a little (I've got pregens for them to select from with a couple bullet points about the PCs strengths, a weakness, and a fear).

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GM 1990 wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
GM 1990 wrote:
How do PFS game nights work? Is it like a set evening during the week, weekends, both?
Usually I hit up my crew on Facebook or email and say 'you free this night for this scenario?' then we gather on Roll20.

Interesting. It never occurred to me people might do PFS online as their campaign scenario with a steady group.

Can anyone access the scenarios and run them as one-shots?

Well, the scenarios aren't free, just like the modules and adventure paths aren't free. But once you've got one, you can do whatever you want with it, just like any other published adventure. The only reason to follow any special rules with it is if you want organized play credit, and the only reason you'd need that is if you want to be able to take your character to any PFS event around the world and be able to sit down and play.

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And we do play them for organized credit. It makes it easy in that people can skip a game without missing much. Then we show up at gamedays and PaizoCon with those same characters and play in person. One of the local AP games is actually just us playing through PFS scenarios for no credit with non-PFS built characters.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
And we do play them for organized credit. It makes it easy in that people can skip a game without missing much. Then we show up at gamedays and PaizoCon with those same characters and play in person. One of the local AP games is actually just us playing through PFS scenarios for no credit with non-PFS built characters.

And you all manage to keep the same level despite playing without each other at cons and other events? Or do you reserve those particular characters for together, and have other sets for apart?

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APL management is rarely exact. We just do our best to have everyone as close to in subtier as possible. Sometimes there is a 3 or 4 level gap between one PC, but that just goes into the metagame of protecting the junior agents and having senior ones take the risky actions.


Fair enough. Gotta be frustrating for the weaker players, though. I mean at least with regular exp there's the whole "you will gain levels faster than the higher level people and eventually the gap will close" aspect - with "every 3 games you level" the gap never closes...

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