How to Find a Dungeons and Dragons Tabletop Gaming Group (D&D, Pathfinder, Shadowrun)
How Quickly and Easily Find a Gaming Group:
Raise your hand if you’ve ever found it difficult to find a gaming group. Such difficulty can be discouraging for people who are interested in exploring tabletop games. Well, we have good news for you: We created a list of best strategies for finding gaming groups. Our list offers you some of the best options to find gaming groups in your area and online.
Try local stores
1. Stop in to your friendly local game store to check posted ads or post your own. Trying your local store means not missing out on a close-to-home network of enthusiastic friends and fun gaming events. Most local game stores are willing to post ads or notices to find players and schedule gaming nights. By starting with groups that meet in the game store, you can make friends (even if you’re shy) and soon find yourself invited to their homes to game. It won’t be long before you’re hosting gatherings at your house. Not sure if there's a local gaming store? Check the Wizards of the Coast, the company that publishes D&D, website by clicking HERE. They have a good listing by zip codes of local stores. Or, if you’d like to play Pathfinder, check out the Pathfinder Society, by clicking HERE
2. Try local conventions
in your area, too. You can check online for conventions using sites such as Warhorn, which is great because they have a comprehensive list of convention schedules for the rest of the year from different states. Their list allows you to plan months in advance, which is wonderful if a convention meets outside of your home town.
The Wizard's Convention Finder has an awesome list as well. It’s also useful because they include schedules for outside the country. Even when conventions are far from your home, it’s still a way to meet gamers who live close to you since conventions draw like-minded people from all over. Once again, use your local game store to post an ad offering carpooling to the convention. Nothing like a road trip to make life-long gaming friends!
Check-out Online Sites
The Internet has truly made life easier for most of us, especially those of us looking for like-minded gaming people. In the gaming arena, the web has become a great venue for finding people or groups of people that play tabletop games. For most sites, joining is free. There may be some minimal requirements for others. Nevertheless, signing-up is usually quite easy; you just have to provide some quick information and voila!
As a member, you can search through the site to your heart’s content. It’s a bit ironic, but going virtual can help you find gaming groups right in your area, who you might otherwise never meet.
Here are some of the best sites to look into:
1. Facebook pages -
FaceBook groups for D&D are plentiful and helpful for finding a gaming group. Just type in your city or state in the search section to discover existing groups in your specific area.
are also good sites to try. Reddit has a Looking for Group section, or subreddit, which is such an effective way to find gamers and games to join. The posts include online and offline (face-to-face) games and you can choose what you prefer. Again you can search by city or state, but just make sure to format your post according to the site’s guidelines. The site is proud to have nearly 13,000 subscribers.
is used frequently by stores and groups -- maybe because of its large membership in the gaming area. For tabletop and RPG games alone, they have around 660,000 members and almost 2,000 meetups. It also gives practical and direct advice for finding groups of players, which is really great as a starting point to meeting friends with common interests.
Sometimes it’s just not possible to make that local, face-to-face gaming opportunity come together. What do you do? Go online to game!
Some online games are free like the basic Roll 20. For sites like Fantasy Ground, you can play with DMs who have their Fantasy Grounds Ultimate License!
Start Your Own Game
Starting your own game might sound like a daunting task, but it’s a proactive way to get a gaming group for yourself. You can start with the adventure module where the DM’s Guild offers many adventures that you can buy to get started or the official hardcover campaign books from Wizards of the Coast.
You can also get a copy of the two core D&D rulebooks, the Dungeon Master’s Guide and the Player’s Handbook and read them and practice some characters with a friend. Once again, your local game store can help you advertise that you are starting a group.
These are a few tips for finding that elusive gaming group. As always, take the necessary precautions when meeting new people. It’s better to meet somewhere public at first with two or more of your friends along for the ride. To maximize your gaming experience and impress your new gaming friends, you may want to try some of our adventuring gear here at SkullSpitter Dice. Our products are awesome!
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