Last month we had the pleasure of hosting a group of folks from around the upper mid-west. They descended upon Inn on Lake Wissota for a weekend dedicated to Role-playing Games. The event was initiated by our son who has been into RPGs for almost 2 decades now. He uses the pen name PK Sullivan when he is writing RPG blogs, designing games, and contributing to RPG books. PK thought why not host a Role-playing Game Retreat at a B&B? They decided to rent out the entire place for a weekend. What fun for 12 players to participate in a weekend of role-playing games.
1. Plenty of room for several groups of 4
These folks were coming from 3 different states, so it was fun to watch them arrive. Some had never met in person, which is a kick to think about. The group of 12 broke into 3 groups of four and found separate areas in the B&B to play their particular RPG. The dining room offers a large table, plenty of room for them to spread out with their game stuff with plenty of room for snacks and beverages. Another group gathered in our common area, at a high top table near the fireplace. The last group gathered in the Northwoods room, which is a suite that has a large sitting area with a couch and an overstuffed chair. We put another chair in their so they could all sit comfortably around the coffee table. Throughout the weekend they switched up groups, games, and GM’s, which added to the experience.
2. The Bed & Breakfast is free of distractions
Once each one of those guests walked through the front door of the bed and breakfast they were able to leave behind their cares and concerns from their day-to-day lives. There are no TV’s or computers in any of our common areas (unless a guest brings one from home). The Northwoods room has a tv, but it is tucked away in an entertainment center that has doors. Since they were the only guests staying at the B&B there were no disturbances from other guests coming and going during their games. With 5 guestrooms there were plenty of restrooms available when they took a break. We have a small fridge for complimentary bottled water and sodas, they brought their own adult beverages and snacks.
3. No meal prep or cleaning required
The onerous duty of planning meals, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was left up to me, the innkeeper. Of course, we took into consideration any food allergies and dietary restrictions or diets the group had. The most difficult decisions they needed to make were what clothes to pack, which of their favorite snacks to bring, and what adult beverages they wanted to stow in their cooler. Each morning we served breakfast in the dining room at 9:00 to the entire group. I was also able to get the kitchen & dining room cleaned up as quickly as possible so they could get back to the games. Friday night they took a break to have pizzas delivered, then got right back to their RPG’s. Saturday night they went to a local supper club so they could get out and about a bit and have a change of scenery.
4. Offseason rates make it affordable for the entire group
The winter months up here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin can be rather quiet, so when I have an opportunity to book out the entire place for 2 nights, I will certainly give a good deal to the group. The housekeeper doesn’t mind either, she gets Saturday off! This seemed like the perfect win-win situation for everyone. They got an inexpensive weekend away playing games and I was able to have a full house! For those who are interested in hosting a Role Playing Game in their own home, RoleplayingTips.com has more good information for you to build on.
We sure enjoyed having these folks stay with us. While I have been aware of Role-Playing Games for many years, I was able to gain a better understanding of how they are actually played. We would welcome PK’s group back anytime. Maybe sometime when the weather is nicer and games can be played outside on the deck or in the yard near the lake. If you have a group of friends you like to RPG with, give us a call when you’re ready to host your own retreat here at Inn on Lake Wissota.