A few things have emerged over time. I’m trying to collect these.
- No party fighting – no fun.
- No solo missions – boring for everybody else.
- No party splits – boring for the other half.
- We need three players and the referee to sign up.
- We use Google Calendar and Google Groups to organize.
- If the campaign is about playing X, play along. Don’t undermine the game the rest of us signed up for.
- Players are responsible for their character’s motivation. If your character has no reason to come along, change characters.
- If you decide you want to quit the game and found that talking to the other people at the table doesn’t help, play along for the rest of the session, go home, write a friendly good-bye email, and be done with it. There’s no need to argue – sometimes people just don’t fit and that’s ok. It’s the spice of life. Conversely, if I feel it’s not working out, I’ll do the same thing.
I’m constantly tinkering with a set of House Rules. When a new campaign is started, the actual house rules for that campaign are forked so that players are not faced with changing rules during the course of a single campaign.