How to find great players in your local area
How I always seem to find high quality groups and players to game with in my neighborhood
By Johnn Four, publisher Roleplaying Tips and former Dragon Magazine columnist
With Filling the Empty Chair you will:
Finding fellow gamers is tricky. It's not like we wear a badge, special hat or red shirt. Your neighbor could be an awesome roleplayer and you might never know about it. That's why the online registries are awesome. There are dozens of them now, and your neighbor, or others in your local area, could have visited any one of them and put up a listing.
That's because they are in the same boat as you. But to make your quest even trickier, these registries and player finder sites are spread out all over the internet. Google will pull some up for you, but many are hidden away under strange keywords or are mainly found by links from other RPG websites. It can take hours locating all these places. I have the solution for you though.
My name is Johnn Four. I publish the Roleplaying Tips newsletter and also had a column in Dragon Magazine back when it was still in print. My specialty is writing how-to gaming tips and solving gamer problems. I have moved many times, which meant finding a lot of new players through the years. Sometimes I even had to form entire new groups from scratch. Yes indeed, it's difficult finding fellow gamers.
Spread a wide net online
The online registries work well in many cases. Some cater to specific regions, others serve certain game systems, and several match up just for face-to-face versus online games. The key is hitting all the major ones because you never know which sites your neighbor will use to put up an ad or listing. Chances are they don't have a list of gamer finder sites and just used the one or two they've heard about. But there's about four dozen! So you need to cover all the bases and spread your net wide enough.
Some gamers do not use the internet to find nearby players. They do not know how, just dislike computers, or worry about privacy. So you might miss finding great players if you just rely on online methods. You have to go off the grid, old school, and use good offline methods to discover these fellow RPGers.
Fortunately, from years of playing RPGs and gathering tips for the newsletter, I have collected a ton of simple ideas to let others nearby know you are looking for avid gamers to game with. This topic was covered in the first issues of Roleplaying Tips, before the internet was used by so many people, and these methods still work today. They work better, in fact, because email is so spammy and doing something offline will catch attention because it's rare. And if you are worried about privacy, don't be. I've got that covered too with a simple and free technique to help you screen players first before inviting them over and revealing your identity.
It is not difficult finding gamers if you know how and where to look
I put every tip, trick and technique I've discovered and used successfully myself into this ebook. From publishing the newsletter for 11 years and counting I have also come across a bunch of great tips other gamers have used with success. With Filling the Empty Chair you will shave hours off your search for online registries, gamer classifieds and gamer finder websites with my listing of over 40 such sites.
1. Easily find all the sites your neighbor might use
Part one of the ebook offers a huge list of websites your potential new player could use. Each site listing is organized by category and region. And every site is hyperlinked in the ebook, ready for you to click on and start your search.
For years I have kept a list of these hard-to-find sites in a Notepad file. I add to it every time someone sends me a new link, or I come across a new gamer finder site in my surfing. Now, for the first time, I have put all these links into an ebook to make it quick and easy so you do not miss checking out any of them or spend hours trying to find them all.
2. Recruit offline fast
Part two of the ebook covers offline techniques for finding fellow gamers. There are over two dozen methods listed in this section, and each is accompanied by tips and advice to make them work for you without sticking your neck out. Finding great players is hard, but these methods are sure to help you uncover every rock in your neighborhood to find even lapsed gamers craving to get back into the hobby again.
3. Attract the best players
Part three offers shows you how to create compelling online profiles and advertisements at all the websites found in part one's directory of sites. It's one thing knowing where to find gamers, but it's another attracting great players you want to game with regularly. A bad ad attracts bad gamers. The secret is creating ads that would attract someone just like you. And I show you exactly how to do this, step by step.
I definitely see myself needing this guide in the future if I ever opt to relocate or (touch wood) our own group falls apart. One thing I think will be great is the updates to the guide giving readers directions to specific sites or services.
I loved that you refer to the entries for each site as "stat blocks," and I think the icons you've posted next to each entry will help a lot.
I think you wrote a great e-book and did a phenomenal job of putting it together as a REAL e-book, including hyperlinks and email addresses that make it practically different from a print book as opposed to just appearing different. I thought your tips for the perfect profile were particularly insightful, and enjoyed checking this out for you.
- Patrick Irwin, September 2010
Save hours in your quest to attract the best players
If you are like me then you have a crazy schedule. You want to spend your limited spare time talking with potential players to fill the empty chair at your game table, not searching around finding all the gamer finder sites tucked away in the corners of the internet. And if you are thinking of doing some offline questing, you want to use only the methods proven to get a response without wasting time on what does not work. And in both cases, you want to attract just the great gamers and avoid the terrible ones who cause problems.
Get Filling the Empty Chair today. I have solved those problems for you. The ebook is less than 10 dollars, weighs in at 30 pages and is a PDF optimized for on-screen reading and all linked up so you can just point and click and find gamers. After you grab it, don't forget to register so you can get free updates whenever I add new gamer finder sites or offline finder methods.
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