Another Sunday post for #RPGaDay2015 appropriate for the weekend since that’s usually the time we currently have for extra-large RPG sessions.
Day 16 – Longest game session played
I used to run two marathon sessions a year, one during the summer and another during winter break! We’d get together and play from morning until night. Whereas most session would be 4 to 6 hours long these sessions would be 12 hours or more… Sadly with real life and other responsibilities, they’ve become less frequent. I believe the last time we did this was about 3 years ago, we went to the beach apartment of one of the players and played all night and then most of the next day.
But the longest RPG session without breaks would probably be a 14 hour session back in high school. We did play an Axis & Allies game which ran longer, about 26 hours!
So what was your longest session?
Every year for more than two decades I’ve been playing/running in a session for the New Year that runs from six in the evening till midday the next day, with a few breaks included rather than continuous play. Not a regular campaign, just short, one-off adventures with various systems, everyone gets to do a little GMing in the process as well as playing. Eighteen hours or so would be typical.
Compared to some of my old wargame experiences, where a game could be set up all weekend and we’d play continuously till the scenario was over. Which could take a long time with Flat Top. That was when I was just a little younger, in my twenties instead of fifties.
I like that tradition! I want to get back to running at least one weekend game this year. I’m trying to plan for when we begin our new campaign, which should be D&D 5th edition, in a couple of months. Thanks for the comment.