Tonight I was set to run a game of Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. It'd been kind of an "off" day as it was. But when I arrived at my FLGS, to my horror I'd taken the folder with both the adventure and the character sheets out of my binder a couple weeks ago, so I wouldn't have to carry everything on a trip I would be taking.
Only one other player had showed up, and he hadn't slept because of his odd work schedule.
I thought about running something on the fly, but just didn't have it in me, not without the character sheets. So I called the game off.
It turns out this probably was a good thing. As I spread the word of the cancelation, I discovered that a player was still about an hour away, having to fight through at Atlanta traffic, which has been pretty crazy lately. So I saved him the stress of going through that.
That's the first time I've called a game off in a long, long while. I feel kinda bad about it. But I don't think we where meant to play tonight.
So when do you call a game off as a GM?
Or when do you not show up as a player?