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When Roleplay Groups Fade

Dice7-800pxRoleplaying is a hobby that I have enjoyed for many years.  During my time playing, I have been a part of many games and ran many more. There comes a time in many a gamers life when the group you roleplay with starts to fade.  This can be for many reasons but you will find that primarily, it’s just real life reasons such at work commitments, family, other hobbies, boredom any many other things. So what do you do when this happens to your group?

One idea is to call a break, realise that your group can no longer prioritise play, and just simply say “look guys it could be time to take a break for awhile”.  This can be a hard thing to do if roleplay is a big part of your life, but it’s sometimes good to brave this way, and just sit back and wait for people’s lives to reorganise themselves, and just meet up with your friends when you can.

Another option is to try and carry on playing without the people in the group who can not make it. This can be a good option, but can also limit the games you can play.  It can also become a problem if you have already been playing a game together for a while before someone has to drop out.  Their character may be a key player and have massive ties to the storyline, which will inevitably cause some disruption.  Continuing can also be difficult for those who have to sit the game out, due to no fault of their own, especially if every time your group gets together they discuss the current game, this in turn can cause other problems within the group.

One way I have found to fill the void is to join some of the online roleplay boards and join in some of the games there, or even make your own online game. This can help if your group is taking a break, as there is no pressure on your friends to reply and everyone still gets to scratch that roleplay itch, and the best thing of all is, you still get to play together although not face to face, but it’s better than nothing. What may happen is that you find that people start to want to get together to play as it starts to make people interested, or even force them to sort their calendars, and the game you’re playing online or by email then becomes the game you end up playing round the table. There is no right or wrong way of sorting this out, it’s whatever fits your group. However, I do think if you enjoy roleplay that much, it’s worth trying to find a way of saving your group and not just letting it fade away.

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