When starting out a session, as the GM, do you ask what the players are currently doing, or do you “set the scene” for them?
I haven’t tried the latter yet, even though I wanted to. Usually, a player mentions something about their character that sets the scene for me, and it is usually very “safe”, like standing in their home village or something. In the moment, it is hard to turn this into something interesting, so usually I’ll spend half an hour poking them into the snake pit.
I’m thinking about telling the players beforehand that they shouldn’t say where they are or anything like that, but only answer the questions I ask them, letting me set the scene.
It’s not that I mind not setting the scene, it’s just easier to throw some action their way when you do it.