> Finding games and gamers
GAMES AND GAMERS
of the challenges of getting involved in the roleplaying hobby is
finding stores that carry RPGs, or other gamers who also play
or LARP. Thankfully, there are a lot of online resources available to
help make meeting others a lot easier. The best part of all is that all
of these sites are free of charge, so you don't have to choose. Sign up
for them all, and increase your chances of finding the perfect group to
ALWAYS use common sense when meeting new people. Don't allow yourself
to be in a vulerable position. Meet in a public place, such as a game
store, mall, or library, whenever possible., and don't give out private
information until you are reasonably familiar with someone.
Access Denied -
This one has been around for over 10 years, and boasts a database of
over 13,000 profiles from over 140 different countries.
section for Dungeons
& Dragons players. Also look for larp.meetup.com, masquerade.meetup.com,
and wod.meetup.com, to name a
few. (NOTE: While there is no cost to meet others through
is a fee for starting a group.)
Fandom Directory -
A huge database of fans of all types. You'll find gamers, game clubs,
and game stores here, and much, much more.
Gamers Seeking Gamers - ENWorld's gamer locator. Find gamers, groups, and events, and find others in your area.
gamingcons - A database of gaming conventions, which happen to be an excellent place to meet new gamers.
The Way of the Geek
- RPG sister
site to boardgamegeek.com.
Here you can make a profile, include your favorite RPGs, and even list
which ones you've been playing lately.
- A no-frills site for finding gamers in your region. Allows search by
category, so you can search by certain games or regions. Also features
a discussion section.
Needgamers - A gamer registry site that includes forums and a blog. Covers all forms of hobby gaming, including roleplaying.
The Pathfinder Society - A great network for fans of the Pathfinder RPG.
- This site allows you to post requests for gamers for a set duration
of time, classified ad-style, and also features a forum.
- Register your RPG here, or search for registered games in your area.
This one even allows you to search by the day of the week.
- The Steve Jackson Games database has been in place for a long time
now, which is good and bad. The good is that it's very large, the bad
is that a lot of the data may be out of date.
White Wolf Gamer Finder
- For finding other White Wolf gamers in your area.
Wizards of the Coast - Store and Event Locator - WotC's locator only covers stores and events, but both are great places to meet other gamers.
yogsothoth.com's Call of Cthulhu
Player Directory - for CoC players from
all over the globe.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
These are sites that offer more than just a simple search, and are
modeled after popular social networking sites.DnDWorlds
- A community for fans of all editions of Dungeons & Dragons.
Features forums, blogs, and wikis.GeekThere
- A social network and online community for tabletop gamers.
Pen and Paper Games
- An online community dedicated to bringing roleplayers together.
Features forums, groups, and chat.Role Play Media Network
- A community for RPG bloggers, podcasters, vidcasters, and their audiences.
- A site for roleplayers that works much
other well-known social networking sites - you can create a profile,
add friends, send private messages, and chat.
An online community that covers board and roleplaying games.
- "Uniting gamers from Vegas, Area 51, and beyond..."
begun by Tyler Dion features even more links, including several gamer
locator subforums on various forum sites. Other users post their
suggestions, and the master list is updated frequently
Know of any other good resources for finding gamers, clubs, and stores?
Send them to me at
thanks to Tyler Dion for supplying many of these links.