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5E How Do You Find Players?

dhunton

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I'm looking to find out how people have found players if they don't have any of the following resources:

1. Gaming shop (i.e. there aren't any near you)
2. Work (i.e. you work alone or with non-gamers)
3. Previous friendships (i.e. you just moved to the area)

So given those criteria, what steps would you take to create a gaming group or find gamers to play in your game?
 

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Mad_Jack

Explorer
Craigslist or Meetup.com

It's also not too hard to find online groups that play over the internet, or play-by-post games on forums.

ENWorld also has it's own gamer search function. (click on the Find A Game tab up top there...)
 
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cmad1977

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dhunton

First Post
Not to be difficult, but... no Craigslist or Meetup for the area. And really want a physical game if at all possible.

Craigslist or Meetup.com

It's also not too hard to find online groups that play over the internet, or play-by-post games on forums.
 

dhunton

First Post
Not to be difficult, but... no Craigslist or Meetup for the area. And really want a physical game if at all possible. And did the search here but found no one.

Craigslist or Meetup.com

It's also not too hard to find online groups that play over the internet, or play-by-post games on forums.

ENWorld also has it's own gamer search function. (click on the Find A Game tab up top there...)
 

Mad_Jack

Explorer
Then you put up flyers in bookstores or other places you think you might find people, or put ads in local papers.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
Not to be difficult, but... no Craigslist or Meetup for the area. And really want a physical game if at all possible.
I joined a board game meet up and attended enough times that I made some friends and invited the ones I liked best to start a D&D group. Worked like a charm :)

Edit: assuming there's at least a board game meetup nearby to you?
 


I'll second the recommendation to look around a library, and add that you might try looking for gaming or D&D clubs at a local university. When I was playing in college, there were a lot of townies as well as students in the group.
 

mflayermonk

First Post
You could attend a convention and put out a few flyers and see if someone in your area sees it and contacts you later.
There are also places you can put yourself on a "google map" of gamers.
As someone said with the board game meetup above, you could play some Adventurer's League and then branch off into a private game.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member

I have a group of 8 long term players. 4 of which known since childhood and 4 of them I met via EN World. There are also 4 others I met via EN World (one sadly passed away, two didn't like us, and the other ghosted everyone he knows). It's worked really well for me.
 

dhunton

First Post
Real problem is that I'm just close enough to a big city that all of the meetups and such happen there (conventions and Craigslist, too). But if I go to one, no one wants to go "so far" to my place.

Library is definitely a good idea, since there's one really close to me.

Keep the ideas coming! I really do appreciate them!
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
I do a lot of improv and community theater, and thus almost all of my players are people I've done shows with. I've found that theater people (straight play or improv) all have that streak in them that inspires them to play (or try out) RPGs, so I'm constantly talking about my games and finding interested people and potential players.

If you like performing and have a theater near you, getting involved with shows allows you to meet new people/friends and once they find out you game (and wish to play D&D), you'll find yourself some players that way.
 

R P Davis

Explorer
I do a lot of improv and community theater, and thus almost all of my players are people I've done shows with. I've found that theater people (straight play or improv) all have that streak in them that inspires them to play (or try out) RPGs, so I'm constantly talking about my games and finding interested people and potential players.

If you like performing and have a theater near you, getting involved with shows allows you to meet new people/friends and once they find out you game (and wish to play D&D), you'll find yourself some players that way.
Except for my wife, my Sunday group is comprised exclusively of people we've met through community theater. In fact, our newest player overheard me talking about D&D during a rehearsal and revealed he's been looking for a game for months. :) So now we have a halfling warlock.

Cheers,

Bob

www.r-p-davis.com
 

eayres33

Explorer
Social Media is your friend, if you have an expansive list of Facebook friends that you barely know that may get you a player or two.
Other than that I have to second (or third) the comic book store approach; see if you can put a flyer up there.
 

Fildrigar

Explorer
1 ) Social Media is invaluable. I ended up recruiting a player in my last campaign from a Facebook group. Look for geographic focused, Nerd oriented groups. You may be a little ways away from your local big city, but plenty of other people are, too.

2 ) Other Social Networking. ( Word of mouth. ) Talk to your friends. Ask them if they have friends looking to play D&D. ( I actually ended up recruiting a guy I went to High School with, 26 years ago. I'd run into him at craft beer festivals and such, and one time I asked if he'd be interested in playing D&D. He's now my most enthusiastic player. )

3 ) Put up fliers at area game stores and other places nerds might congregate. ( bookstores, libraries, colleges, etc. ) Even if it's a smaller game store ( like a Magic Card Clubhouse ) that doesn't carry RPG games, you might find some people who are looking to play.
 

MNblockhead

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There is not Meetup.com in your area? Nonesense! Create a new meetup and bam! there is now a Meetup in your area.

Meetup.com was, by far, the most useful tool in finding new players. You should definitely create a meetup in conjunction with your other efforts.

It is fairly common in my areas for folks to run D&D events in their libraries. I used to run a group a my small-town library in the 80s, pinning up notices and all that. Many libraries today have on-line systems for reserving rooms and learning about upcoming events. But I find them to be a hassle to use.

Most coffee shops in my area have bulletin boards for people to post announcements. These are usually near the line to the counter, so they get looked at. Many grocery stores in my area also have community bulletin boards.

I used to post notices on public boards in the small-town centers where I grew up and also in the town where I went to university, but I think these are long gone. University's used to have tons of notice boards. they probably still do.

But I think nearly everyone, regardless of age, hits up Google first. Meetup.com is going to have the best Google juice for getting the word out about your game.
 

dhunton

First Post
There is not Meetup.com in your area? Nonesense! Create a new meetup and bam! there is now a Meetup in your area.
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Trying to justify the cost in an area where I have no idea if there even are other gamers, not to mention whether or not they'll search meetup by the name of the small town... :(
 

Quickleaf

Legend
I'm looking to find out how people have found players if they don't have any of the following resources:

1. Gaming shop (i.e. there aren't any near you)
2. Work (i.e. you work alone or with non-gamers)
3. Previous friendships (i.e. you just moved to the area)

So given those criteria, what steps would you take to create a gaming group or find gamers to play in your game?
I find that over time gamers tend to be drawn to one another naturally.

I did meet a great couple who become gaming friends through ENWorld.
 

S'mon

Legend
You could probably post an ad at the website of the game store in the nearest city. Maybe a physical ad there too, since that's probably where gamers from your small town would go.
 

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