Tabletop gaming is a great way to spend an evening with friends. Creating a story and characters and then playing through it all can be an enjoyable experience of adventure, creativity and even hilarity. When hosting your first campaign, there are things you must consider. Games like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, or any other game that uses the d20 system needs some planning before the game starts. But if you do the work to plan your game night, you can ensure a wonderful evening with your friends even if it is your first time running a campaign in the d20 system.

Planning the Campaign

Dungeons & Dragons is nothing without a good dungeon master and a great campaign story. Other d20 games are similar. For your game night, you will need to start by creating your campaign. For your first-time hosting duties, look for shorter campaigns that you should be able to finish in one evening. Also, prepare for times when you will need to adapt your campaign to the events in the room. Tabletop and role-playing games evolve with character interactions, and you will need to be ready to adjust to the events as they unfold.

Setting Up the Game

Once you have created your campaign and have it ready to go, you will need to start setting up the game. Will your campaign need maps? Will you need to draw them beforehand? Will you be able to create characters once everyone arrives, or should the characters be prebuilt? Will there be enough space for everyone to play? Unless you already have a game room available at home, you’ll have to clear a room for it. As you prepare for the game night, make sure you are creating a game that will not take up more space than you have available.

The Other Necessities

After your campaign is ready, and your game room is prepared, you will need to think about the people playing as well. Have you decided what time you are playing? Will you need to plan for dinner or snacks? You’ll also need to make sure the game room is organized, and everyone has access to restrooms. Hungry players without access to a bathroom can derail a campaign quicker than an unexpected ogre.

There are a lot of things to consider as you plan your first campaign. But with the right preparation, you should be able to create a great evening for your friends.

If you’d like to play Dungeons & Dragons but don’t have a group to play with, check out our calendar to see when we are hosting a campaign!