My sweet baby Aera to light the way in these trying times.
My friend Roland wanted to play DnD. We started playing, I’m the Dm and 5 PCs. I’m just making up a story using 5e rules and the DMG. We played session zero and it went okay, we’re all new and learning. Roland missed session 1 and we played session 2 last night. Session 1 was awesome we played for almost 3 hours and got a lot done. Session 2 sucked. Roland put a time limit on it and we stopped very unhappy. My question is what should I do? Continue w/o Roland or stop? How do I not hurt him?
This is a super difficult question. I’ve been through this experience before, and it frankly sucks. There is no straight answer for this. You need to evaluate what is more important, the continuity for one person or the experience for the group. I would have a sit down with Roland, and talk over the scheduling issues and if it is realistic to keep him playing. If he can make it on a semi regular basis and can play the whole time, grin and bear it. Or find a narrative way to explain his disappearance. But unless he can find time, it will be like that as long as he plays. I really hope this helps, have a great day!