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The NYC Dungeons & Dragons Meetup Group Message Board General Forum › How this Meetup works. NEW PEOPLE: this message is for you!

How this Meetup works. NEW PEOPLE: this message is for you!

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James L
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 2
Hi, if you are coming to one of our meetups for the first time this message is for you. Welcome, we are very happy to have new players!

NOTE: This meetup works differently than most other meetups. D&D is not like a boardgame. A group of people can't just show up and play anytime. One of them, the Dungeon Master, has to spend time and energy to prepare an adventure beforehand. It can be extremely difficult to convince people to DM. Each individual game is posted on another website That site tracks games, and rewards DMs with priority seating in future games as a reward to encourage more games. Because of this priority seating, seats in most of the games are not First-Come-First-Served.

If you look at the calendar on this site, you'll also see that we do meet on the first Saturday of the month at The Compleat Strategist in midtown Manhattan. Some people try to run games at these meetups. We generally try to post RPGA games on Tuesday nights, but they are not limited to Tuesdays only. We also generally try to meet every other Saturday at the Citigroup Center in midtown. There are also Campaign Games that can go for several weeks at a time, each with its own unique meeting place and time.

Most of this meetup plays 4th edition D&D as it is the newest and most popular tabletop role-playing game. If you have never played before, try reading these Quickstart Rules.

To show up and play in any of the D&D games run through this meetup you will need:
  • a character
  • a pencil
  • some polyhedral dice
  • and you will need to RSVP to a specific game, via­

Creating a character can be complicated for new players. We recommend you pick one of these pre-generated characters Premades­ and bring a printout of one. If you wish to read the "Player's Handbook" and try making your own character, go ahead.

You can usually borrow the dice at the game. People usually really enjoy helping a new person experience this game we all play and love. What are Polyhedral Dice?

To find specific games which you can RSVP and hold a seat you have to go to­. Visit, register, and create your own login. (its free of cost)

The site is split into three sections. There are links across the top menu.
  • One Shots
    If someone is offering to DM a one-time adventure at one of our meetups this is usually where it would be posted. (it's gotten pretty empty lately as the two ways of playing below reward DMs with future playing prospects)
  • RPGA-Organized-Play-D&D­
    The RPGA is an organization that sponsors D&D playing, they publish adventures, and players get to keep and track the progress, treasure, and experience of their characters through all the adventures they play. To join an RPGA game you must follow these additional rpgconnect RPGA instructions. You can also find more info on the RPGA in its own message board section on the this meetup's website.
  • Campaign Gaming
    These games usually span multiple sessions continued week to week. You can read more about it here . It was my intention to offer a way for people to play through the longer more involved adventures such as "Keep on the Shadowfell" or "Tomb of Horrors" or "Ravenloft" while avoiding some of the "problems" that public play with strangers often entails, hence there are houserules and a rate-your-peer-voting system.

Those three options each have different RSVP methods. One Shots are First Come First Served. The RPGA gives priority seating to people who run games for the group. If you are brand new you get priority seating, and if you run games you get priority seating. The Campaign Games have stricter houserules, and use a tournament system, where people vote on who they enjoyed playing with to grant that person future priority seating.

Other RPG Groups in New York City:

In the Campaign Games section people have been playing Call of Cthulhu, Dresden Files RPG, Pathfinder RPG, Deadlands RPG, Gamma World, and others.
James L
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 10
Rules of etiquette: some suggestions when playing. shock
Don't Be "That Guy"!

Try to come on time. If you show up late it causes distractions and some people might have already started playing. Don't be upset if they ignore you. I'm sorry to the people who have to travel far, I appreciate the effort you make to come.

When playing try to stay involved in the game. Do not talk about outside activities like TV shows or video games it ruins the atmosphere. Try to resist the urge to talk about other adventures you were on with a character you are not currently playing "Like this one time my 20th level bard/dragon disciple killed these half-drow who had a charmed beholder"... No one gives a sh*t.

Stay in character, that's the whole point. Otherwise the DM will give you experience point penalties!

Pay attention and listen, if you can't pay attention because the DM sucks then just say "I have to go, sorry guys" the other players might actually like that DM. It's very rude to talk or make jokes to the person next to you while the DM is speaking to the rest of the party.

Be aware of when it's your turn and think beforehand (between turns) what your character is going to do. If you're fumbling around thinking about it on your turn, then you're wasting other people's time.

Let other people talk. If other people seem "shy" and "quiet" and "like they never do anything" it's probably because someone is talking too much. In other words: "Don't try to hog all the table time with your role-playing. Make sure the entire table agrees with your strategy before forcing everyone to undertake it."

Don't tell other people how to play their character unless they specifically ask. Also, don't tell them how they should have optimized their character either.

The goal of most people in the meetup is to find a DM they like to play with. As most people know this is one of the hardest things to do. Give feedback to the DM, tell him what to improve. If you think you know what it takes to be a good DM be one!

To the DM's: most people probably wouldn't want to take the risk of playing in your elaborately crafted custom world if they don't know you. It's like; would you want to read some stapled together manuscript some stranger handed you on the subway? I doubt it. If you want to run adventures at the meetups I suggest you run them from a published module at first until people know you. I have pdf's of every module, including short ones, so ask me.

I also suggest you check your political, religious, sexual, preferences at the door. There's other meetups for those.
James L
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 11
The meetups are to have fun at and to help people find other people to play with. Putting your real picture on this page makes it easier for other people to contact you. There is a lot of communication that goes on on the website; invitations to other games etc. If you have no picture how are people supposed to know if they enjoyed playing with you. It's also awkward to ask for some people's e-mails and not others, it's easier to just contact them privately online.

One last thing.'s slogan is "use the internet to get off the internet". This meetup is a very face-to-face focused meetup. D&D is a social thing played with other people. You won't get the most out of using this meetup unless you get off your ar$e, show up in person, have good hygiene, smile, and shake hands at meetups.

There are a lot of members and a lot of different play styles. There's a good chance you'll like the people you meet, but if not, don't assume we're all the same, don't give up, come back and you'll find tons more people.
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