D&D games always take a hit during the holidays. Unless you have a super dedicated table, there are times when you can’t meet during the holidays. People have lives and families they want to be with during those holidays. It isn’t a bad thing to do or want but it does cramp the D&D lifestyle. I try to look at it as a good thing.
With the holidays bringing more family and friends to our homes to celebrate we can lose time playing D&D. To many of us it seems like eternity because we love playing so much. For my husband and myself, we have a lot of time to dedicate to D&D but that doesn’t extend to some of our members. They have big families that require their own special moments. So we have to find other ways to keep ourselves entertained through the cold winter nights without our beloved game.
Even though you can’t meet sometimes during the holidays, there are other things you can do to keep the D&D spirit alive. You can think about what you want your character to achieve. Think about their goals and ambitions and what drives them to achieve those things. Funny enough, we do this sometimes for ourselves when we make New Year’s resolutions. Think of it in those terms. You are thinking ahead and planning some of the future for your character like you would do for yourself.
I also like to take this time to work on art work and other things for my character. I usually draw or paint a miniature for my character. Right now I’m working on painting my character’s transformed miniature. I play an Aasimar and the miniature is for her winged form. Soon I will be working on her mount, a large white and gold ram. I’m just waiting for the miniature to get shipped. These things keep us connected to our characters even through large times of inactivity from our tables.
I would say, enjoy the holidays. Enjoy being with friends and family. Have fun and celebrate all the things that make life precious. At the end of the day, as much as we love D&D, real life calls. This time is about family and friends, being close and spending time together. Enjoy those moments and know that the game will always be there for us when we have time.
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