Saturday, March 1, 2014

Building an RPG Group from Scratch

I have to admit, I've never done this before. I have found myself with the itch to play, but without my usual group of friends and family to scratch that itch. Everyone I would normally game with has had kids, or has moved too far away, or has a weird work schedule... and if I don't branch out, I might have to give up D&D indefinitely.

That is not an option.

So how do you recruit a group of D&D players? Unfortunately, in rural North Carolina, they're an elusive bunch, so here are the tricks I've thought of so far. If you can think of other ideas, please contribute in the comments below!

Social Media: I sent out messages to all my gamer buddies and came up blank, so this didn't work for me this time. However, if someone asked me where to start with a similar goal, I would still point them to social media first. The people you have some connection to (even if it's just on Facebook) are more likely to respond than people who don't know you at all.

Local Hobby Store: Last week, I wrote up a flyer about the campaign I'd like to start, and I asked my local game shop (The Dugout) to post it. It looks like this:
In hindsight, I think I put too much text on there. As an advertisement, this is FAR too wordy. I'm going to rewrite this with effective advertising principals in mind.

Online Game Sites: I posted in a few message boards that I was looking for a game. Most game forums have some kind of "Find a Game" board. Here are a few of the ones I've been searching lately:

PenandPaperGames.com: This site was built specifically to help gamers find other gamers. You can put in your location and get a map of everyone in your area who has also signed up for the site. Even better, you'll get an email whenever a new gamer nearby signs up.

Obsidian Portal: It's a campaign building website, but it has a "Games Nearby" page where you can find ongoing campaigns in your area. A link to ongoing campaigns wouldn't be on my list at all except for one thing: a lot of the campaigns listed in my area haven't been updated in ages. The contact information of the members of these campaigns might lead you to local gamers who haven't played in a while and would like the opportunity to get involved again.

Meetup.com: I've never used this before, but I just signed up. Literally, I just signed up while taking a break from writing this article. I think it has potential... there's a group for games and geekery in the area, so maybe I'll be able to get in touch with a few interested people there.



So how do you go about it? Where do you find new players? Comment and give me some ideas!
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