RPG Gaming Group- How the Hell do You find Gamers
Hey folks Nerdarchist Dave here to talk about the age old question how do I find a gaming group. This can be super easy or herculean sized task especially amongst us tabletop gamers. Let’s face it inside the gaming community there are more socially inept people than you can shake a D2o at. I feel like can say that being one of the inept. I personally have always gotten anxiety when place in large social gatherings with people I don’t know.
One of the things that has helped me was being in a relationship with someone who comes from a giant size family. I mean it’s more of a tribe or clan than a family unit and they like to get together for everything.
Enough about me how do we help you find more gamers?
Especially Nerdarchist Ryan who has moved around a lot. For the rest of us we’ve been involved with the same group for between seventeen and nineteen years.
That being said the group has almost completely fizzled out on several occasions.
Only through luck and DM’s and GM’s willing to run RPG games with as little as three players have we managed to hold out until reinforcements could arrive. Man did they, think about we went from three gamers to three different gaming groups. How does that even happen?
I’ll tell you how by going where the people are that are doing what you want to be doing. That is how. If you wanted crack you’d go to a crack house and guess what you’d find, crack. If want to eat donuts go to a donuts shop and you’ll find donuts. Want to play games go to a gaming shop or a comic book store that also sells games and you’ll find gamers.
What are some other ways of finding a gaming group?
- Comic Book Conventions or Gaming Conventions
- Meet up groups
- Putting a flyer up at a community center or library
- If your open to it check out a LARP
- Find Online Resources- Such as:
Nerdarchy has personally found gamers to tabletop rpg and tabletop board game with from several of our recommendations. Recently we started hanging out at nerd hang out spots far more than we had been. Most of us nerdachist have wives and kids so our nerding out time had gone way down.
In all honestly a driving force in creating Nerdarchy was to spend more time doing the things we enjoyed doing. With YouTube, the Facebook fan page, and Nerdarchy.com we feel like we are being held accountable to being as nerdy as we can.
This new way of nerd life for us has been a breath of fresh air. It’s not that we are being anything different than what were before it’s just that we embracing it to the max. This has different meaning for each of us.
For Ted, Nate, and myself we were spending all of our time being fathers and husbands which caused us to neglect who we are at our core. For me there was another consequence. I used to be a closet gamer, not anymore. I’ve fully embraced what I do and don’t care who knows about it.
For some us it really is just coming out of our shells and interacting with people that do what we like to do. I’m not even talking strictly about gaming either. Chances are if you have other nerdy interests you’ll find other gamers enjoying those same interests.
Let’s face it one of our recent recruits was Scott and we found him at Tiki Tiki YoYo Club. This snowballed into him running a game of FATE Accelerated for Nerdarchy and him joining us for Ted’s 5e game.
We picked Ken and Ivy up from a play-by-post Facebook game. Pete was an old friend that we hadn’t spoken to in a decade and a half who happened to be doing a nerdy podcast That’s Life Podcast.
Who brought along Allan who Pete records live plays with on their Forge Dragons YouTube Channel. Anthony and Nicole of Cardboard Fortress are indie board game designers that we met at local con called South Jersey GeekFest.
Then there is Todd who is affiliated with Enter Shaolin.com that a buddy of mine runs. He knew Todd was designing a tabletop game and was into D&D so he introduced us to each other.
Six new players for our gaming group from sources that don’t have anything to do with RPG Games. Some food for thought. So until next time my friends “Stay Nerdy”.
My name is Dave Friant I’ve been gaming off and on for over 27 years. But here is the thing it’s always been a part of my life I’ve kept secret and hidden away. I’ve always been ashamed of the stigma that gaming and my other nerdy and geeky pursuits summon forth.
Recently I decided screw it! This is who I am the world be damned. From now on I’m gonna be a geek, nerd, or however folks want to judge me and just enjoy life.
Currently one of my greatest joys is introducing my 13 yr old son to table top RPG’s.