What we're about

Intro from previous organizer:

Welcome to the Kansas City area Dungeons and Dragons Meet up group. We have been meeting since late December '07. This is a great place to host your games, find a DM, and to find players! We are always looking for more great DM/GMs to schedule their games. All systems are welcome! If you want to run, or join in, any other types of games feel free. We Welcome all types of gamers! Have fun and play games!

Now me:

Hi, I'm Rachel West. I took over this group two years ago. I joined Meetup, started learning Dungeons & Dragons, and became an Organizer all in the course of about 4 months. So now that I have gotten my sea legs, I would like to impart a little of what I have learned so far.

A lot of people in Meetup have just moved here and are looking to make new friends. Many are also just locals whose lives have changed and they need a new social outlet. Whatever brings you here, practically everyone joins and then hesitates to attend any meetups for months. It is totally normal to just watch the schedule of events to see what we've got to offer. Come join whenever, we are very friendly. I promise.

I am a Meetup devotee now. I have had so much fun, and a lot of what Kansas City has to offer is cheap or free amazingly.

I have found a couple of groups that are into other RPGs. Did you know that there were other RPGs besides Dungeons & Dragons? That's crazy. And they are run with the same silly people playing D&D.

For anyone looking to get into D&D, whether it is 5th Edition or not, here are some helpful tips:

You can learn to play at any game group. But it helps to start at the shops. We've got Tabletop in Overland Park, Pulp Fiction Comics in Lee's Summit, Game Cafe in Independence, Pawn & Pint and Level One in Downtown.

All of these shops have the books, dice, miniature figures, various accessories. It will take some time to get yourself set up with the basic supplies. It will take even longer to sort out all of the rules and the spells and the Classes and the math. But stick with it. It's worth a little embarrassment for the fun you will end up having.

There is this app called D&D Beyond. A lot players get going through this. It does some of the work for you. It is free to get started. And it has all of the Wizards of the Coast source material available, but I think that you have to pay to access some of it.

Make friends with a printer. You are probably going to need it. Between character sheets, artistic representations of the fantasy world, maps, different ways of organizing loot or your spells, etc. it would just make sense to have some reliable method for printing hard copies of your work.

Add the shops to your Facebook page. They usually have a separate page for groups looking for players. It should become a lot easier to jump into a new group, or create your own opportunities for forming a new group.

Listen to D&D podcasts. There's Critical Role, Drunks & Dragons, Dissonant Whispers, Red Room Roleplaying, How We Roll, The Broadswords, the list goes on and on. Explore around. There are lots of choices.

Keep in mind that the people that create podcasts are typically professional story writers or voice actors. They have spent years editing their own behavior to be really good at D&D. Those of us that are just regular people and don't know any of that stuff aren't going to live up to your expectations. Please be kind.

Ask questions of practically everyone, and google stuff. There's like 50 years of info out there. It gets confusing. Try not to turn into a "rules lawyer." That sorta kills the fun for everyone else.

You can just buy a book and start running your own neighborhood game. There is no D&D police that will come to tell you that you are doing it wrong. The point of this game is to have a good time. Use your imagination, and your common sense, and you will learn what you need to know as you go. Everything will be fine.

Also, in Meetup culture- some events show no RSVPs but people from outside of Meetup are still coming to the event. Some groups don't tolerate attendees that didn't RSVP first. So, you may not know what you're showing up to until you attend an event. It just depends on the tone and intentions of the group. A good host tries to keep the RSVP expectations as accurate and up to date as possible.

I have come to realize that, in an earlier version of this site, this group allowed everyone to schedule their own events. I don't know when that was changed to only the organizer and co-organizers can do it. (I have searched the group settings several times to see if I can put it back.)

So- if you wanna make an event happen on here, have an event pic and a description written. I have the app on my phone, so I get direct messages instantly. Nate checks the site daily, so he will catch it pretty quickly. George, Ai and Jon don't get on here that much. But feel free to add whatever crazy thing you wanna try.

I myself have decided to add the Cinemasochists show and the Nerds of Nostalgia/Nightmare Junkhead shows. I know watching movies isn't at all like playing d&d... but they're cheap, they're super enjoyable, and I've played with enough of you to know that these guys might be right up your alley. Come on out! You can't play d&d all the time.

And for those of you that are hesitant to go to things downtown, I've decided to include a Suburbanite's Survival Guide to Downtown to each of those posted events. I know a little about where you can park and where you can find cheap food. And I live down here, so it's not as dangerous as you think.

I have started a Ko-Fi for paying for this group- https://ko-fi.com/E1E6LJA5

If you want to help pay for the group, great. You certainly don't have to. I shy away from demanding membership dues from people that deserve a chance to try this out for a while before ponying up cash. So if you hang out, and decide you like us, please "buy the group a coffee." I think the minimum donation is set at $3.00 on that website.

Otherwise, I filled the Ko-fi page with my thoughts on my D&D adventures. Things have not always been fun for me, and I cuss a lot. If you wanna read a real world blog on one person's ups and downs while learning Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition as an adult outsider, then give that a look. Hopefully, I said something that helps you out.

Thanks for reading, and I hope I see you around.

I think that is everything I have for now (September 19th, 2020). I will add more if I think of anything.

Upcoming events (5)

Beginner Class- Off Until Further Notice

River Market

I think there are two logical formats that this event could take on in order to help people learn. One is having random people every week, like an open class. The other is a beginner friendly campaign where I try to hold on to the same people every week. The latter will benefit about four people. The former will allow many others to participate, and honestly that might work better for me while I am learning to DM. Game starts at 2:00. Be early. I have made my own pregenerated characters. Pick one based on who you are as a person. Your own natural talents will feed into role playing better that way. In order to find a group for yourself, go to the individual facebook pages of the gaming shops around town. That is an effective way of joining a table that needs players. Look for their extra pages called LFG (Looking for group) or RPG (Role Playing Game). Meetup is kind of a fluid hub of info, made up of players, but we are busy and our membership is ever changing. This may not be the only place that you need to go in order to connect with other players. Downtown: Level One Gameshop and Pawn & Pint Lee's Summit: Pulp Fiction Comics Independence: Game Cafe Overland Park: Tabletop Games I don't know if Liberty or Lawrence have a shop. If they do, I have not been there personally, and can't vouch for their D&D supplies. I feel like someone needs to get brave and open a St. Jo shop. There are enough random people seeing this for me to want to throw out advice or discussion topics in this space. So this week's advice- You are a better player after you DM It seems counter intuitive but you will be easier on your DM and your teammates after you try DMing. A lot of what your DM does, and never does, will make so much more sense to you once you experience this from the other side. I only realized this once I got my ass kicked out of a D&D group. It took me a while to realize that I never tried to see this game from my DM's point of view. That is the single most valuable thing that I have learned in D&D. Half of what I did every week was a distraction or an inconvenience to him, and I honestly didn't know that. The shortest path to respect and camaraderie is to run your own game. If you are still reading this long post, inexperienced players- -5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons -Meaningful story>mindless combat -Bring a sensible amount of maturity and consideration for teammates, (show-offs are amusing once or twice, but stupidity shouldn't be encouraged in the long run) -Have a pencil and dice Buy a Player's Handbook. This is vital. If you want to learn more about the D&D universe, there are several console and PC games available. I play Neverwinter. This will give you visuals of the classic places and races of the settings. The Forgotten Realms specifically. I recommend looking up the novels, either online (ebooks) or through the library (hardcover). This will give you more in depth knowledge on the cultures and typical personalities of the races. Wikipedia has lists of all of the novels. Pick one trilogy from one setting and go from there. You can use the website D&DBeyond to get started. It does the math for you and tells you some spells to choose from, but they intentionally exclude certain options in order to make you pay for the service- so not all of the races/subclasses/spells are available. Make sure to use the website for D&DBeyond. Apparently, the app is specifically for source books, if you have paid for access to any. I know this is rude AF but honestly please, if you are not new to D&D (you learned everything there is to know about d&d through podcasts or you played earlier editions and just want someone to teach you 5th Edition) this class isn't for you. I am trying to teach people that genuinely do not understand how all of this works, and need to have the etiquette and the story building and the mechanics and the technicalities explained. There are hundreds of youtube videos that will explain 5th edition.

5e DnD Custom Homebrewed Campaign, DM Brad

Webster

DM Brad is running a 5e D&D campaign set in his own home built world. We are playing biweekly on Tuesdays. Brad is an experienced DM and we are looking to have a fun long running campaign. We are currently full.

Beginner Class- Off Until Further Notice

River Market

I think there are two logical formats that this event could take on in order to help people learn. One is having random people every week, like an open class. The other is a beginner friendly campaign where I try to hold on to the same people every week. The latter will benefit about four people. The former will allow many others to participate, and honestly that might work better for me while I am learning to DM. Game starts at 2:00. Be early. I have made my own pregenerated characters. Pick one based on who you are as a person. Your own natural talents will feed into role playing better that way. In order to find a group for yourself, go to the individual facebook pages of the gaming shops around town. That is an effective way of joining a table that needs players. Look for their extra pages called LFG (Looking for group) or RPG (Role Playing Game). Meetup is kind of a fluid hub of info, made up of players, but we are busy and our membership is ever changing. This may not be the only place that you need to go in order to connect with other players. Downtown: Level One Gameshop and Pawn & Pint Lee's Summit: Pulp Fiction Comics Independence: Game Cafe Overland Park: Tabletop Games I don't know if Liberty or Lawrence have a shop. If they do, I have not been there personally, and can't vouch for their D&D supplies. I feel like someone needs to get brave and open a St. Jo shop. There are enough random people seeing this for me to want to throw out advice or discussion topics in this space. So this week's advice- You are a better player after you DM It seems counter intuitive but you will be easier on your DM and your teammates after you try DMing. A lot of what your DM does, and never does, will make so much more sense to you once you experience this from the other side. I only realized this once I got my ass kicked out of a D&D group. It took me a while to realize that I never tried to see this game from my DM's point of view. That is the single most valuable thing that I have learned in D&D. Half of what I did every week was a distraction or an inconvenience to him, and I honestly didn't know that. The shortest path to respect and camaraderie is to run your own game. If you are still reading this long post, inexperienced players- -5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons -Meaningful story>mindless combat -Bring a sensible amount of maturity and consideration for teammates, (show-offs are amusing once or twice, but stupidity shouldn't be encouraged in the long run) -Have a pencil and dice Buy a Player's Handbook. This is vital. If you want to learn more about the D&D universe, there are several console and PC games available. I play Neverwinter. This will give you visuals of the classic places and races of the settings. The Forgotten Realms specifically. I recommend looking up the novels, either online (ebooks) or through the library (hardcover). This will give you more in depth knowledge on the cultures and typical personalities of the races. Wikipedia has lists of all of the novels. Pick one trilogy from one setting and go from there. You can use the website D&DBeyond to get started. It does the math for you and tells you some spells to choose from, but they intentionally exclude certain options in order to make you pay for the service- so not all of the races/subclasses/spells are available. Make sure to use the website for D&DBeyond. Apparently, the app is specifically for source books, if you have paid for access to any. I know this is rude AF but honestly please, if you are not new to D&D (you learned everything there is to know about d&d through podcasts or you played earlier editions and just want someone to teach you 5th Edition) this class isn't for you. I am trying to teach people that genuinely do not understand how all of this works, and need to have the etiquette and the story building and the mechanics and the technicalities explained. There are hundreds of youtube videos that will explain 5th edition.

5e D&D Campaign, DM George

Webster

• What we'll do 5e D&D Campaign every other Sunday from 4-8. This is an ongoing campaign set in a variant of the Forgotten Realms. We are currently full. • What to bring • Important to know

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5e DnD Custom Homebrewed Campaign, DM Brad

Webster

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