Garlick the Gnome, ever protective of his money, found clever ways to keep down the costs. First, regarding materials the club may need, he said, “Reach out to companies for donations because you never know.” Sound advice for anyone trying to fund an adventure… look for benefactors. Even if donations can’t be found, Garlick said, “...for anyone starting a club, don’t let money get in the way. The most expensive thing is the dice, and you only need a few sets or to have a few people bring their own.”
Sometimes as we head into a new adventure, we are plagued by doubt. When it comes to reclaiming treasure from a dragon, we might get visions of being flash-fried in our armor. When it comes to starting a D&D club for students at our school, we get visions of nobody wanting to join. If you’re wondering whether or not you would have students at your school interested in roleplaying, Stenephous the Scribe had some thoughts, especially regarding recent popular culture, including shows like Stranger Things: “[that show] seemed to bring the game back into the public eye … Star Wars, comics, and gaming culture, in general, have become more socially acceptable. I feel like D&D is finding new popularity as a result.” Young people are primed to play D&D and are in fact looking for an outlet, which is exactly what your quest for a D&D club can provide!
Of course, placing fliers around your school alone might not be enough to draw the group you need. Some students who could benefit the most from the social interaction might require an extra little push from you. Manathalian the Mentalist offered this advice when it comes to advertising your club: “Personally advocate. Become a spokesperson for the group and activity, reaching out to those you think could benefit from it.” Reaching out to individual students directly can go a long ways toward guaranteeing the success of the club. If you think someone at your school would enjoy the club, tell them as much. Their smiles will light up like mithril at the attention… and at the invitation.