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Joining the Party:
Finding a Group
Tracy Hurley

I n our Gamer Resolutions article, I mentioned that one of the more frequent resolutions among gamers this year is just to play more. For some, accomplishing that task requires finding a group of hardy adventurers willing to explore a new world and test their mettle against a dragon (or five).

In-Store Play

I know of a few people who have formed a long-term D&D group from people they've met during a D&D Encounters season or other in-store play experience at their friendly local game store (FLGS). Encounters, Game Day, and the like provide an easy way for groups to get together and try out a game or several without committing to a long-term campaign arc.

Wizards of the Coast hosts a handy event and store finder. Just find a store running the program that interests you. You might want to contact the store first to see if there are any registration requirements. Due to demand, some locations require participants to sign up for games before arriving. In addition to serving as a play location, many stores also offer bulletin boards where people can post notices.

Player Seeking Player

A number of sites offer ways for players and DMs to find each other. Pen & Paper Games and ENWorld both have a registry that people can use to search for players. Obsidian Portal allows groups to announce that they are looking for players, with an added bonus that their game locations are displayed on a map with a link to the campaign's wiki.

Cons

Conventions, especially local ones, can be a great way to connect and network with fellow gamers and maybe find a new ongoing game. In fact, the invitation to one of the campaigns I'm in now came from running a game for the group at PAX East (Speaking of which, I'll be at PAX East 2012. If you go, feel free to say hi.). Warhorn.net has a list of upcoming cons on their website. Often geek conventions that aren't gaming focused will still have a game room or section.

LFR & Local RPG groups

In the Gamer Resolutions article, I mentioned Meetup.com's D&D category, but there are lots of other groups as well. One obvious source would be to search for your local Living Forgotten Realms group. If you have a local gaming store, they're likely to know about them. Many colleges and universities have gaming clubs and larger population centers might have their own as well. Finally, always check out your local library or community center to see if someone has organized a group there—or if they're willing to help you organize one.

Many of these tips are US-centric and I'm sure there are other ways that I didn't get a chance to cover. If you have any tips for finding a game, please add them in the comments below.

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About the Author

Tracy Hurley is a D&D blogger, podcaster, and freelance game designer. On any given night, there is a 50% chance you will find her on Twitter as @SarahDarkmagic, a 10% chance you'll find her on the Tome Show, 4Geeks4e, or the DM Round Table, a 25% chance she's home plotting world domination with her husband, and a 15% chance she's planning a sneak attack. She is rarely surprised, never flat-footed, and uses Encounter powers as At-Wills.

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