Important: Table Signs, an explanation

There is something I have assumed everyone knew, however, as I begin to mix organized play into general play, I realize that not everyone can read my mind.  The tables sign I create for every event serve a purpose beyond show you where to go.    There are basically two types:  Organized Play and Non-Organized/General Play.

Organized Play Table Signs

These are samples of organized play (OP) table signs from MACE West 2016.  First, D&D Adventurers League:


And then Pathfinder Society.


Because of the nature of organized play, the tables are not assigned until they have mustered the players and game master on-site.  The OP coordinator assigns the table to that group of players and GM.  So no schedule is listed on the sign itself.

I have had people try to use tables in the organized play room for pick up games, and I don’t encourage that without asking the OP coordinator first.  You need to ask for the right OP coordinator because chances are, there are multiple – one for each organization (D&D Adventurer League and PFS, are examples of an organization).  Find the right coordinator and ask permission to use that table before you assume you can have it.

Non-Organized or General Play


This is an example of a general play RPG table sign.  Other types of games will have table signs like this as well – miniatures, board games, card games, etc.  The biggest difference between this and OP table signs is the schedule.  All games scheduled for this table are listed on the one panel of the tri-fold sign.  This is very important in that it tells you what is scheduled for this table and when.  Conversely, it also tells you when the table is open and available.

People are free to use a table if it is available but they need to be done and cleaned up by the time the next game starts.  If a table did not make, chances are that table will be empty for that time slot, but check the schedule on the sign to find out when the table is expected to be used again.   It is very important to know about this schedule and check it each time you sit down at a table.