Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Gathering Your Players


This post might seem a little premature since we haven’t discussed actually creating your campaign world yet, but finding the RIGHT group of players can be one key to your campaign’s success. If you don’t already have a group, you will need to find one. Also, your players’ personalities and preferences, and the type of characters they create, can offer you invaluable insight into what kind of adventures to craft for them.

There are several approaches that you can take to locate suitable victims (err players I mean) for your campaign. One approach is very simple. March down to your local game store and put up a flyer. This is the approach that I am trying for my latest campaign. Here is the text from the flyer that I put up at my local game store in good old Markham, ON.


I am looking for a group of players to start a regular DUNGEONS & DRAGONS campaign. I will be using version 3.5 of the rules (which is the latest edition).

If you are interested in playing, please come to an informational session here at HEROES WORLD on Friday, September 23rd at 6:00 PM. At that time, we will go over campaign specifics and discuss the time that is best for everyone to meet and play.

Please feel free to email me at if you would like more information. I look forward to meeting you!

Anthony Roberson

If this doesn’t work or if you don’t have a local game store, you might try putting up flyers (with the proper permission) at your local college or university. If you don’t have one of those then you might try your local community center. Another option to try, especially if you live in a small or isolated area, is the Internet.

There are several popular websites that have forums where you can post Player Wanted ads. The biggest D&D focused web site right now is probably ENWorld. Another popular roleplaying web site that you might try is RPGnet. I’m sure there are others as well. Make sure to follow each site’s rules for posting and put your ad in the proper forum.

After you have located a group of prospective players, it’s time to see if they are right for your campaign and if your campaign is right for them. You will want to conduct some kind of informal interview with them. We’ll discuss that in my next post.

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