In real life, we’re not adventurers. We have jobs and “normal” stuff. Even without fighting baddies all day, we still value our downtime.
Get home from work, kick back, and relax. Or run a game. Or both.
But in most D&D games we never really get around to downtime.
Because it’s boring.
You can make the argument that it’s supposed to be boring, of course. But you could also find ways to spice it up. Maybe have those downtime interactions in character. Or go the meta route and do your downtime stuff out of game entirely via Discord or text or something.
Point is that it’s worth thinking about how you do downtime at your table, and whichever route you go, be intentional about it.
A Matter Of Trust: 14 ways to prevent inter-party conflict – Campaign Mastery
Running Dragon of Icespire Peak from the D&D Essentials Kit – Sly Flourish
The 4th Pillar: Rethinking Encounter Design – Kobold Press
Now get out there and tell a story!