This weekend, my gaming group is meeting at a different member’s house than usual. Our current GM has never been there before, and he’s used to having a wall-mounted whiteboard and other game room features that he won’t be able to count on having at the new place.

Which isn’t a big deal: As GMs, we’re all used to adapting to new situations, and a change of scenery is always fun. Back in college, I ran a regular game that was played in a different part of the student union every week, and it went just fine (in fact, it’s #5 on my top 10 campaigns list).

At the same time, how you set up your game space, how comfortable you are at the table and what kind of play area layout you use can have a major impact on gameplay. With that in mind, what are some of the best ways to organize and prepare to run your campaign offsite?