It's recommended that all ATCONLINE Game Masters utilize some form of safety tool in their games. Safety tools allow players to voice any concerns with content without disrupting the flow of play, and give GM's the confidence to run games that are fun and entertaining for all of their players. Below, we've outlined one easy method for convention games: the stoplight method.
The stoplight method is designed to allow players to put forth their own "stoplights," much like traffic signals. A red light is a hard stop, a yellow light is intended to slow down, and a green light is intended to continue play.
If your preferred online gaming space provides the option to "whisper" or privately message during a game, encourage your players to use this functionality to let you know when they're feeling uncomfortable. Or consider implementing a verbal stoplight system through the use of the realtime chat functionality. In this situation, typing "red light," "yellow light," or "green light" functions the same as using the stoplight cards in person.
"Yes! This is awesome! Let's keep this up!" (Green Card)
"I'm feeling a little unsure of where this is headed, so let's proceed with caution." (Yellow Card)
"Let's fade to black or get out of this situation as soon as possible." (Red Card)
You can optionally use this method by creating one set of cards for the table (or a few sets for larger tables) for community use – just be sure all players can reach them quickly and easily during play.
Here are some basic, helpful tips to ensure a playspace that feels safe and inclusive for everyone at your game table!