Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.
Do you have a set gaming schedule? Do you prefer scheduling time for games, or pick up games?
Pick up games rarely catch me in the right mood to play, which is the reason that I have so hard a time getting into our normal family gaming. We tried to have a 'game night' but something always came up- my family is way busier than I am.
I have a regular session now on roll20, and it's nice to be back in that groove. Before that, all I had was pbems/play by document, and those are pretty much pick up games, as they're asynchronous. But the difference between that and other types of pick up games is that I can take them as I get a chance, as long as I get my turns in by the scheduled time.
My preference is always for a schedule, rather than pickup, especially as a GM. But I'm a GM who is prep heavy compared to many these days. As a player I can do pickup but then I tend to not take the game seriously, and the same happens with other players, and that often leads to a less fun experience for me.
I try to schedule if I can, especially if I have an ongoing campaign. Otherwise I have no problem deciding what to play on the spot, I'm used to demoing stuff at conventions and play a lot of one shots. I do prefer to know in advance when a gaming evening is due though, so that I can prepare a few games for that.
For roleplaying games, a schedule is pretty much essential. Otherwise you can never get the same group together on a regular basis.
For boardgames, it's not so important because it's generally fine to have a different group every game. Unless you're playing something big like Empires in Arms, in which case you really do need a schedule.
Since COVID quarantining began, I once again have a scheduled game. Every Sunday afternoon, some folks I went to high school with sit down and play an online D&D campaign. It's good to be back into gaming.
Board games were mostly scheduled, because they need physical presence (simulators really don't do it for us).
RPGs have mostly been scheduled so people can plan to be there or not. I've been in a few pick up games and would like to be in more... but I've been on an RPG hiatus because of COVID.
Not because of personal infection. I work in the social sector, and while I'm not front line (I work in a data warehouse, almost as far from that as you can get) I provide data to people trying to get a grasp on what's happening and provide financial assistance as best we can.. I don't have the energy to game right now.
Normally yes and no. Right now, heck no, I game when I can.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of every month I ran board game events at local venues. In addition, I had a home game night on Mondays where we were supposed to play RPGs but never got a full group so played board games. I also played and live-streamed Gloomhaven every Friday.
In addition to this would be random pick up games that would happen randomly throughout the week. Sometimes with my kids or the whole family or I would get together with other local games.
Now I play a lot of BGA throughout the day and once a month sit down with one of our Patreon patrons to pay a game online somehow, other than that my wife and I have been getting together about every other weekend to play two-player games and now and then I game with the kids but they are actually busier with school now than they were when in school.