How the Ranked Seating Games work
What is a Ranked Seating Game?
Ranked Seating Games are open to all members of the D&D Meetup no matter their experience level. The games give preferred seating to people who run games for the meetup and contribute their time for the benefit of other players. The rest of the seats are First-Come-First-Served.
The games often go over multiple sessions which can span several weeks or months, but they can also be one-shots. For example: a group of 6 people will meet every Wednesday evening for four weeks in a row to adventure through a D&D module. The locations can vary; from the Citicenter, to people's apartments, to cafes in and around the city. Some of the games cost money, you'll see it clearly posted, pay this money directly to the DM, before the game begins.
How to RSVP
- Login on the "Home" page.
- Join the "Interested" list for the special event (this tells people you would like to play depending on time/date)
- When all the times and dates of the session or sessions are figured out, press "I Want In" button to commit to playing.
- You then have to check the waiting list before the game begins because it changes and shuffles as people join or leave. People with extremely high RSVP priority(DMs) could jump in line higher than you. The list of players becomes locked on the RSVP date which is set by the person who posted the game.
Why is there RSVP priority?
The way we get and keep Dungeon Masters (DM's) is by making them happy. RSVP priority is mostly used to reward our Dungeon Masters for running games. By giving the best choice of seats to Dungeon Masters it encourages them to run games. We also let people who want to be "players only" win priority, but we make that a little more difficult. Players have to compete with all the other people who only want to play. Finally, brand new people are given a priority boost for their first three games.
How to earn Priority Seating? - (All Points earned expire after 2 years)
Disruptive players and No-Shows:
- As a DM:
If you run a game for the meetup, you can earn RSVP points quickly. After the adventure; the players vote on whether you did an outstanding job role-playing the NPCs, delivering the story, and whether you made the monsters suitably challenging. If three or more people decide you did an outstanding job, you can earn a point for each category. That's up to a total of 2 RSVP points per adventure.
If you run a game that is currently on the 'Most-Wanted' Schedule these points are multiplied by a number. The number depends on the length of the adventure and how in-demand it is. The multiplier can often get as high as 4. So if you run a longer adventure on the "most-wanted" list and win all the votes you could get up to 8 points!
- As a Player:
At the end of every game, please revisit the website of that specific game which will reveal a voting section. Players anonymously vote on each fellow player to determine who was the best "role-player" and who was the best "team-player". If you receive 3 or more votes for one of those categories you win 1 RSVP point. (you can vote for yourself)
- BRAND NEW PLAYERS:
People who have never played before start with 3 RSVP priority points for the first three games they join. They are to give you a seating advantage until you learn how things work.
DISRUPTIVE: You can also lose priority points if you are disruptive. If three or more people vote that you were disrupting the game with your behavior you lose 1 RSVP point.
Being disruptive can include being late, talking excessively about outside activities, being rude to others, talking while other people are taking their turn (especially the DM!), being selfish, power-gaming, cheating, having bad hygiene, not paying attention, being unprepared, slowing the game down, racist or sexist comments, etc.
NO SHOWS: Anyone will lose 2 points if you sign up for a game and do not complete the entire adventure or if you don't show up. We do not want people dropping out and game groups falling apart. Only sign up if you are committed to finishing the adventure! If you can't make a session, communicate with everyone, because they are the ones who will be marking you "absent" if they don't know what happened to you. Even if you get into an argument with someone, finish the adventure, vote that person disruptive afterwards.
If you want to become a Dungeon Master for the meetup, it has its perks.
- Priority seating: DMs are given priority seating via the points system which only go away after 2 years.
- You can get paid: (only DMs who have earned stars, see stars below) whenever you run a game, you set the price you want to get paid. The suggested price is $5 per person, per 5 hour session. The Meetup takes no cut, but you should give any store you play in 20% of that.
- Give points to friends: You can give your friends priority seating games you are running or playing in. If you have positive RSVP points, you'll see a button next to every user's name which allows you to give them some of your points.
HOW TO GET DM STARS:
- You have to come to one of the First-Time DM Recruiting/Training Meetups and attempt to run a game. These are usually posted every three months. Come even if you are already experienced so you can meet the other DMs of the Meetup.
- You have to have the basic materials of DM'ing. A battle mat, markers, enough dice to share, and minimally: cardboard tokens such as those found in the Monster Vault boxed set or Pathfinder Bestiary Box. We don't require DM's to have a vast collection of miniatures.
- We ask that you make the pledge to keep the meetup going, step in when needed, teach people how to play, make it fun for everyone, encourage more people to try DMing a game, especially at one of the First-Time DM Meetups.
- Promise to make it to at least 1 future First-Time DM Event per year and run a game at 1 of the Saturday Meetups per year.
- If you do the above, then once you DM 10 games/sessions for the meetup you'll get 1 star. This lets you charge money for games if you want. It also lets you vote on the schedule of the "most-wanted" list.
Earning more stars:
More rewards to be determined, such as: one free in-game re-roll, a starting feat, a magic item certificate, etc. Will know more when 5E game and organized play rules are released.
- 10 games = 1 star
- 30 games = 2 stars
- 60 games = 3 stars
- 100 games = 4 stars