Because it’s come up recently and I was curious, I thought I’d ask what everyone’s opinions were concerning social lubricants while gaming. When I was young, all gaming pretty much went hand in hand with whiskey and pot, which led to some very memorable moments, and other moments which probably should have been memorable. (At a convention I once drank a fifth of Wild Turkey immediately before running the first half of a tournament D&D game. The players voted me the best DM in the game. The next morning, hungover, I ran the same players through the second half of the tournament. The traitors turned on me and voted me the worst DM in the game!)
D&D was at one point an excuse to get stoned. It was a fun way to pass the time with friends, as was smoking up. After I moved away I went ten or twelve years without smoking, and the last time I tried it I got so immediately wasted that I could barely speak. (And I like to talk.) So I kind of backed away from it. Then a few years ago I played in a game with a guy who somehow managed to miss the point of pot entirely, and just got angrier and louder the more he smoked… every week. Finally he actually stood up in the middle of the room and yelled at me for setting off a trap (in the game) and then hit me as he was gesticulating around the room. I probably could have gotten over it except that he refused to apologize, telling me that I deserved it for not knowing not to touch a doorknob. I stood up, thanked everyone else in the room for their time, and left. I did not tell the stoned asshole that his live-in girlfriend of ten years had confided in me her plans to leave him because of his increasingly erratic behavior, and I took secret delight at meeting him in the street several weeks later, he all weepy-eyed and contrite, the day after being dumped, as he poured out his litany of woes. Heh, heh.
These days we go through phases where we will try different wines, or I will sometimes have a couple of beers if I’m not DMing, but that’s about it. It’s fun, but it’s way in the back of the experience now. I assume however that as I have been all over the map on the subject, so too have others. What gets served at your gaming tables? Is it primary or secondary to the gaming?
Do you D&D responsibly?