The Malted Meeple began resuming operations roughly two weeks ago. In that time we have been thrilled to welcome many of you back, and to once again share our games, escape rooms, and amazing milkshakes and craft beer with you.
Of course, as we begin operating again, there have been a number of questions. Questions about what safety precautions we are taking, what limitations we’re operating under, and whether particular service offerings were available. Without a doubt the most frequently asked question we have received is “When are the role playing sessions coming back?” I wanted to take a moment in today’s blog to answer that question, and discuss our roleplaying offerings now and in the future.
The short answer is that although we are not currently scheduling our regularly advertised, open-seating sessions, we are in fact open and available for roleplaying right now. Confused? Yeah, sorry about that. Let me elaborate.
Our roleplaying sessions are loosely made up of two types of games – 1) sessions that are open-seating, scheduled and advertised by the Meeple, and made up of people who may or may not know each other prior to sitting down at the table, and 2) sessions that are for the most part set groups, with mostly the same Game Master and players from week to week. There is of course crossover between the two types, and the vast majority of our groups that fall into the second category are very welcoming of new players. But the defining characteristic for our purposes here is whether the group is made up of people who already know each other before sitting down together, or strangers that we are placing together to game.
We absolutely love facilitating the second type of group, and in fact consider it a core part of our mission here at the Meeple. That being said, we don’t feel that it is responsible in the current environment to be encouraging strangers to sit down together in a not-so-socially-distanced way. It is for that reason that we have temporarily discontinued our regularly scheduled and advertised, open-to-the-public style game sessions.
We are on the other hand absolutely open and able to serve the first type of groups, those made up of a pre-existing set of players who know each other prior to sitting at the table, and whose individuals can make their own informed decisions as to whether they wish to sit down with their fellow gamers and enjoy a session.
To that end, we are temporarily implementing a new method for those groups to take advantage of our roleplaying services. If your group would like to get together and play a game, feel free to stop in at any time and we will seat you on a first come, first served basis. To provide a bit more certainty, we are setting aside a number of tables and time slots – including those time slots that were typically in use for our public sessions – which can be reserved in advance. Simply have one representative of your group send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 330.655.6919 and let us know you’d like to reserve one of our open table slots. Details on the program are as follows:
- Groups are limited to 10 people. No exceptions as this is a State rule.
- We ask that only groups which expect 5 or more players reserve a table, smaller groups can be open seated more easily.
- There is no cost to sign up for a table (other than normal table fees per individual), but we ask that you not sign up if you do not have a high degree of certainty that you and your group will show up.
- Tables will be held for you for up to 15 minutes after your assigned start time.
- If your group is unable to attend, please let us know and cancel your time slot at least 24 hours in advance. While we understand the unexpected can happen and conflicts arise, to be fair to all groups, any group that no-shows two times will lose the privilege of signing up in advance.
This system is a temporary solution to the current operating restrictions, but we are also planning to take this opportunity to revise and simplify our roleplaying offerings on a more permanent basis. We are creating a framework for that now, which we intend to discuss with our volunteer Dungeon Meeples on a group Zoom call at some point in the near future. If you are already signed up as a Dungeon Meeple, please stay tuned to your email for more details and an invitation.
Two final notes. First, as with all of our guests, roleplaying guests will be expected to follow our Responsible Restart guidelines, including the requirement to wear a mask while entering the building and interacting with staff. As was recently clarified on our Facebook page, masks can be removed while seated on the patio, main floor or in a private room.
Secondly, I know many of you are curious about our popular Kids Dungeons & Dragons program. While we are anxious to resume those sessions as well, they fall squarely into the first type of offering, and as such are still on hold. If you have already signed up we will continue to move your reservation forward to the first available session once we resume. In the meantime, we realize that some of our Kids D&D groups have become fairly set in terms of participants. In that case, should the participants and Dungeon Master wish to organize their own session, they are more than welcome to do so and take advantage of the call-ahead table sign up mentioned above.
We look forward to seeing all of our regular roleplaying guests back soon, and to resuming normally scheduled roleplaying sessions as soon as it is practicable to do so. As always, stay tuned for more information as we have it.