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Game Recruitment: Two tales
Posted By Scott Martin On May 13, 2008 @ 7:11 am In GMing Advice | 11 Comments
Phoenix came to town and was looking for a roleplaying group. I answered his email, because I was trying to get into the wider Fresno scene, and thought it’d be a good to help a new visitor find a group. (Mine, unfortunately was full– an established group in the middle of the campaign, and I wasn’t GM.) We met over coffee (and an amusing misunderstanding). We chatted and enjoyed each other’s company, though there was a lot of awkward “interview” feeling to the talk.
I brought him back to my group on board gaming night and the interaction was a bit rough. (Let’s just say that Phoenix brought up politics and outed himself as far from most of the other players. It was awkward, especially happening so early.) Phoenix and I hung out every couple weeks after that until the end of the semester when he cleared town. Within a week or two, I stumbled on an answer to his need– a local gaming board. There were other players local to us, desperate for a GM, eager for additional players. We just didn’t find the board before he left town.
Fast forward a couple of years. I’m still enjoying games with my local group, but I’m also trying to be a better participant in the overall local gaming community. I’ve been on the gaming board for a while, and the new local shop in town uses meetup.com to organize a roleplaying meetup. I’ve been pretty excited by Spirit of the Century, but my home group is mid-campaign and isn’t looking for another game. I decide to inflict it on the meetup.
Our game is awesome. Bryan, Paul, and I have tremendous fun weaving an exciting tale. Afterwards we keep talking with each other– Bryan admits he was on the verge of burnout after some nasty group politics and a few sessions too many of d20. We chat a bit more by email and jump into each other’s games at the monthly meetups. After a few months we decided that we wanted to game more often than monthly, so we started serious discussion by email about our group and goals. Now I’m in a second group that’s interested in the same types of games– something I didn’t expect when I went to the meetup, but it’s been great.
Advice on finding groups: I have only a few stories and anecdotes, but here’s some thoughts on how to approach it.
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