Finding a Game (Dungeons and Dragons)

One of the big questions I see from people are, "How do I find a D&D game?" People who want to play but can't seem to find others who do too. There are a few places to start, most of which will be more applicable post-COVID. (Please be safe.)

Step 1: Make list.

I'm a big proponent of Meetup.com. It's a great way to find people in your area with similar interests to you. I've had great success in finding a geeky women's group, and then a tabletop role playing group (#ttrpg). If you can't find the group you're looking for, you can also take initiative and create your own gaming group! This will cost a bit of money. But with your subscription you can create 3 separate groups, with up to 50 members. A little more money will allow you to have unlimited members in your group.


Your "Local Friendly Gaming Shop" (shortened to #LFGS) is a common choice too! I found good friends and players through our local comic-book shop. Your local shop could have in-house games running and open to the public, or you can inquire about private games that could have a seat available. This takes a bit of guts to step out of your comfort zone - which I know isn't easy for the introverted among us. I have also heard mixed results, however, especially from women. But, if you're serious about finding a game, this is a viable option.

Push beyond the stereo-types. Find your joy.

Your own friends, family and coworkers! When I first became interested in playing D&D, I didn't have anyone to play with and I didn't know anyone who played. All the options that were available at the time were intimidating and I didn't know where to start. Thankfully, it was also the year that 5e was released, so I waited "patiently" for the starter set to arrive. I devoured the little book that came with it and became obsessed with learning how to play. I also talked to a number of friends to see if anyone was interested in playing. What resulted was a table of noobs and one man who had played AD&D when he was a teenager.

WE HAD A BLAST and played the following night. Were we good? Probably not, but that's not the point of D&D. It's supposed to be fun and we were winning on that front. I feel like I may be stepping into a new topic, so I'll talk about all this in another post. So, talk to everyone around you to see if anyone would be interested in trying it out. And if you're nervous about DMing, there are a ton of resources online to help you out. The first time I played, I was the DM, and it was a lot of fun.

If your local area isn't doing you any favours, you can go online. There are a lot of options now.


Roll20.net has a section for people looking for games.


Joining Facebook D&D and RPG groups is also a good way to mingle with other role-players.


I know folks who have found their games on Reddit threads.


There are also Discord servers that do play-by-post games, which take longer but is a way to dip into the game.


And then of course we have our games that we are running that you're welcome to join in, or even join a waitlist. I've gone back to them a number of times when players drop out. Come join our Discord server, where we chat about a whole range of topics - everything "game" related (board, role, and video), books, and just life in general. We post up reminders about events and games, especially if some tables have seats available after being up for awhile.

The success of games really depend on the investment of the players. Sadly, online seems to have the weakest amount of investment, but lightning can strike and quality games, players, and GMs exist. Hang in there, you'll find one. Drop us a line, too! We post up games all the time!

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