Welcome to the third installment of our Beginner’s Guide to Dungeons & Dragons. D&D is primarily a social game, requiring five or six players for a normal session, though the exact amount will vary from group to group. Depending on your introduction to the game, you may already have a regular group that you play with. However, if your introduction to the game came through natural curiosity you may not have discovered a group.
Today we’ll provide new players with some assistance on how to find a regular gaming group. Additionally, we’ll point players in the direction of finding additional resources.
What Is Dungeons & Dragons
What Do You Need To Play
Creating A Character
Beyond The Basics
Places To Play
Most universities, colleges and even high schools have a gaming group. This is a great place to find a other like-minded people and learn more about the game.
Friendly Local Gaming Shop (FLGS)
Your local game shop is a great place to find a group to play with. Many shops have gaming rooms where regularly scheduled games occur. If you can’t find a local game shop, look for your local comic shop. If they don’t have some games room they can probably point you towards a place that does.
Many large cities have at least one convention per year. Again, check with your FLGS to learn if there are any conventions in your area. For those new gamers living in the Greater Toronto Area or for anyone who can make the trip to Toronto in February, Spellstorm is one of the events in our area. Of course the big event for D&D gamers is GenCon, held every August in Indianapolis.
Getting More Information
There are plenty of places to learn more about the hobby. Subscribing to Dungeon’s Master will provide you with daily content geared at 4e D&D. Of course the official Wizards of the Coast website is also a great place to keep up to date on the game. A DDI subscription is, in my opinion, a great way to keep informed on the game and have access to some great official tools. Another great resources is the RPG Bloggers Network. Here you’ll find great community resources that cover a variety of RPGs.