I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this before, but I now have a local group to play Dungeons & Dragons with.
I’m in a messaging group of local Pokemon GO players, to coordinate raids. But of course it’s not all ‘business’ that we talk about, and I’ve gotten to know quite a few local people that I would otherwise not have been connected with. People help each other with small stuff as well, and that’s pretty neat!
One day someone was invited to a raid that was close to their home, but they declined because they were playing D&D at a friends house. Several people in the group remarked that they were curious about it and that they wanted to try it out to see what it was about. Turns out that I was the only one with game mastering experience, so I ended up with a group of three players, two of whom had never played before. I ran a version of “The Secret of Cedar Peak” for them, and they are credited as playtesters as well. Lots of fun, and I even ran a really short session for two of the players one evening.
Last weekend was a special raid weekend in Pokemon GO, and I participated in a little ‘raid train’ across the area with a group. As usual with these things, the group thinned out a bit, and we were left with five people for the last three battles. Two of these were the new-to-D&D players from the group. While waiting for a raid to begin, we chatted a bit (as we always do) and in the course of that conversation one of the D&D players mentioned that me and the other knew what their kitchen looked like. Visiting other Pokemon GO players is unusual, so that prompted some questioning, and we told that we had played D&D at the kitchen table there.
And then the two D&D players started to convince the other two that it was a lot of fun, and now I have a group of five players! I’m busy creating characters for the new players (which is not that easy if you don’t have any experience with D&D), and we’re scheduled to play next week Saturday!