Day 9 of the RPG a Day challenge: Light. To be honest, this one is going to be less about tabletop RPG’s and more about tabletop games in general, specifically, the environment. Really, it comes down to just one thing.
Make sure you have enough light that everyone can comfortably read.
That’s it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played for hours in a dimly lit environment, where reading was difficult, or in some cases impossible without the addition of extra light. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a module planned in the event that I’m ever on a camping trip with the D&D group, but that takes the darkness into account. Using matches to read your stats. However, unless there is a dang good reason, you should always ensure that you have proper lighting.
Eye strain, headaches, sleepiness. Proper lighting will help every single one of these aspects. For those of you that are the right age to remember having a game boy before back lighting will know the full struggles of trying to play in between street lights, and the ensuing headache that would occur. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have proper lighting, and if you don’t, make sure to bring a decent flashlight.