Gaming Rituals: What are yours?

Everyone has traditions and rituals they do when they play games.

As an example, every time I start a new tabletop RPG campaign, I designate a set of dice to be used by my new character. For campaigns I’m excited about, I’ll even go out and buy a new set of dice. (I did just that for the launch of my first D&D 5e campaign.)

I also take pleasure in the little ritual of setting up my Xbox – get out the controllers, wipe they down, turn the TV to the right source, hit the button. The tiny bit of anticipation knowing I’m going to play for a few hours is amazing.

It’s the little things that gets me excited about gaming. Of course, my little traditions aren’t the only ones out there.

Some are done for fun. Some are done for superstitious reasons. Some are done to calm the nerves before the game begins. Most of them don’t really have anything to do with playing the game itself.

Some I’ve heard of:

♦ Replay the same video game once a year.

♦ Bring the same snack to every gaming session.

♦ Clean up the house. (Makes for fewer distractions while playing.)

♦ Eat the same food every time you game.

♦ Wear colors that match your team/party/clan.

♦ Wear the same clothes every time you game.

♦ Roll your dice the same way every time.

♦ Sit in the same chair.

♦ Read the manual/rulebook before you play.

♦ Break every breakable item you come across. (This is me in every Zelda game. There might be rupees in there…)

♦ Only play certain games on certain days or times of day.

♦ Always play as the same character/color/team.

So what is your gaming ritual? What do you have to do every time you game? Let’s hear it!

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