Episode 26: How to Get Started in Role Playing Games 2


You’re interested in role playing games, but not sure where to get started? Ivan Van Norman and Mark Carroll join us to help you find a group, pick a first game, and introduce gaming to your friends. We also give many tips for starting gamers!

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What We’ve Been Playing

FATE Core (Mark)

TORG under Savage Worlds (Mark, Ross)

Pathfinder (Ross, Ivan)

Champions (Ross)

Shadowrun 4th Edition (Ross, Darryl)

Dark Heresy (Ivan)

 

Getting Started in Gaming

Before we get into the breakdown of the episode, I wanted to give you a quick shopping list.

Pathfinder Beginner’s Box – The single greatest tool for new players. The box has everything you need right away to not only start playing, but keep playing for several sessions before you even need to think about upgrading to the Pathfinder Core Rulebook

Drive Thru RPG Quickstarts – Free PDF downloads of some of the most popular roleplaying games on the market meant specifically to introduce new players to the game.

Pound of Dice – This product is one of my favorite recommendations for groups looking to get their own dice cheaply. You’ll only get one matched set and some of the dice may be odd (even for RPG dice), but there’s no cheaper way to make sure there’s plenty of dice for the entire group.

Now with that out of the way, here’s links to the things we mentioned on the show.

Community “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”

Community “Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”

Big Bang Theory “The Santa Simulation”

Big Bang Theory “The Love Spell Potential”

The IT Crowd “Gen the Fredo”

Freaks and Geeks Complete Series (Sorry, there wasn’t a legal streaming option for the episode “Discos and Dragons”)

Ross’s Blog Post on Being a Good Player

RPGNet Gaming Gatherins

ENWorld Gamers Seeking Gamers

Giants in the Playground Finding Players

Dread

World of Darkness

Dungeons & Dragons

Pathfinder

On Mighty Thews

FATE Accelerated

FATE Core

13th Age

Pathfinder Beginner’s Box

Gumshoe

Outbreak Undead

Fiasco

D&D Encounters

Pathfinder Society

Edge of the Empire

Savage Worlds

Dungeon World

Torchbearer

Free RPG Day

Drive Thru RPG Free Downloads

Descent

Super Dungeon Explore

Roll 20

Chill/Cryptworld

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2 thoughts on “Episode 26: How to Get Started in Role Playing Games

  • Scarecrow3

    I know, I know I’m still listening to old episodes for the first time. But I don’t find anything wrong with commenting now, so there.

    The biggest problem I have had introducing RPGs to non-gamers isn’t the lack of nerd cred, it isn’t the “weirdness” of fantasy tropes. The biggest problem I have is introducing the concept of an open ended game with no winners or losers. For many of my non-gamer friends there is no point in playing anything if there is no way to win. Magic the Gathering, they get. D&D they don’t. I’m 45 years old and I have never, ever been able to figure out how to overcome this perceived flaw in RPGs.