OPF Rules for Resuming In-Person Play

Return to Physical Play statement from Tonya Woldridge, OPF Executive Director:

Here are the Organized Play Foundation’s (OPF) guidelines for physical play under COVID-19 restrictions:

– The venue or event determines what their restrictions are for physical play (masks required, distanced tables, etc). OPF volunteers may not reduce any restrictions (e.g. you may not play without masks at your table if the rest of the venue requires masks) without explicit documented permission from the venue.

– OPF volunteers may request more stringent restrictions than the venue or event’s default restrictions, but the venue or event must agree to the modified restrictions with explicit documented permission; this should be in writing. As part of the agreement, the venue or event must also agree to enforce the agreed upon restrictions should a customer complain (e.g. if someone is turned away because they are not willing to wear a mask, the venue agrees that they will not force you to accept that player until they comply). OPF volunteers are not to become enforcers or put in a position of conflict between attendees and the venue or event.

– If a venue or event is not willing to accept the proposed restrictions that make OPF players and volunteers comfortable with physical play, OPF volunteers may refuse to run games at that venue or event.

– All restrictions must be clearly communicated ahead of time to attendees via the event listings created by both OPF volunteers and venues. All GMs and players must agree to follow the restrictions set in place or be turned away on the day.

– OPF volunteers and GMs are free to cancel a game at any time, including partway through an adventure, if they are uncomfortable with the venue’s behavior regarding health and safety restrictions. Players are free to leave a table at any time for the same reasons. In the event a game is ended partway through for these reasons, players can either request chronicles for full credit, or ask that their information not be reported so they can play the scenario in full at another time.

Note: Events are defined as those not under the direct control of VO organizers in their capacity as VO. Often, VOs will be part of the event committee, but in a capacity other than as a VO/member of OPF. Event examples are Gen Con, PaizoCon, HMGS MagFest, GenghisCon, and SkalCon.