Written by: Paige of the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Facebook
The 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons
group is about 85,000 people strong, and the number one question we see in that group is, “How do I find a game of Dungeons and Dragons?” Over the last year and a half, I’ve been collecting the advice that people have given each other, and have a standard list of hints and tips on how to find a tabletop game. Considering the source, this is focused on D&D, but the advice also works for many other games. As always, when meeting new people, meet somewhere public and be sure to take the steps you think are necessary to stay safe.
1. Start with a Friendly Local Gamestore.
Wizards of the Coast, the company that publishes D&D, has a listing of local stores by zip code. You may have to make friends at store games before people are willing to invite you to home games.
2. Try looking for Facebook groups for D&D or games in your area.
(If you use the search below, add your city or state to search in YOUR area).
3. Look for local conventions in your area.
Obviously Google is the way to go, but also
check Warhorn and the Wizards convention finder.
4. Reddit and EnWorld have dedicated “looking for group” sections for both online games (see below) and offline games (face-to-face).
You can search by city or state name. Just ensure you format your post according to their guidelines.
5. A lot of stores and groups use meetup.com.
Try finding a suitable group in your area. If there are no local D&D or RPG group, look for board gaming groups or Geek culture groups as a starting point to make friends with similar interests.
6. Consider online games.
The basic Roll20 platform is free, and many DMs have a Fantasy Grounds Ultimate License, which lets you join their game with a free basic Fantasy Grounds license.
7. If there are no Friendly Local Gamestores in your area, try posting an old-fashioned “Looking for D&D Group” ad at a video game store or public library.
8. Here are a couple of good articles on finding groups:
9. There are some websites that offer gamer locator services.
10. There is often a shortage of DMs. Consider starting your own game!
The easiest way is to start with an adventure module. The DM’s Guild has many cheap adventures you can buy to get started (http://www.dmsguild.com/
), or you can buy one of the official hardcover campaign books from Wizards of the Coast.
~Paige was amazing in putting this article together for us & you. She is one of the many moderators of the DnD5th group