The topic for the March 28th RPGChat was Tabletop Day and gaming for newcomers.
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Tabletop Day is a public event organized by the popular blog and gaming site Geek & Sundry for March 30th, 2013, where they want gamers to bring games to game shops, coffee shops, community centers and more and show people how much fun this hobby can be.
Tweets of Note:
Some games that are good for first timers at events like this:
@BeefGrillerIt is why I’m doing Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple. A very easy rpg to play in 1-2 hours.
Hmm, what else is good for it… Smallworld? Easy to learn, fun to play..
The title is Smal World: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/40692/small-world …
RT @WindsorGaming: #RPGchat also wrote up a blog post suggesting 10 great games for public play #tabletopday http://w-g-r.blogspot.ca/2013/03/10-great-games-for-public-play-events.html …
Another game I plan to run for #tabletopday is Kill Doctor Lucky. I’ll act out the role of Doctor Lucky.
Agreed, the new Marvel Heroic Roleplaying has gone over very well at two different public play events I’ve run
Dresden Files, Spirit of the Century, Fudge, Fate, etc… are great games to get into character. Easy to explain too.
For quick one-shot play, Do and Fiasco are great since you can have a scenario within 5 minutes.
Leverage is also great for quick scenario generation
If it were in print, or even (legally) available as a PDF, I’d recommend Kobolds Ate My Baby.
MT @cbdarden: Along the same lines party games are great. Say Anything, Time’s Up, Apples to Apples, etc Low price of entry
and here are some tips for gaming with first timers:
That’s important: the game should be contained in a couple hours. Much longer, & a new player could lose interest.
To give folks a taste of RPGs, & whet their appetite, the game should be easy to understand.
Be welcoming and accepting. Be open with the rules. Focus on the fun then having the rules correct.
Has to be cool looking. Games with lots of neat bits and bobs keep players interested and immersed in the game.
Don’t push. If gaming isn’t for them, they’ll let you know.
short player turns and no analysis paralysis. Make sure the game keeps spinning around the table
Don’t bash then over the head with rules. Fun first, rules second.
@zkline Presents stats while you play the game. Don’t info dump them at the start.
Its also good to stick with games that have worlds non-gamers are familiar with, such as the Marvel RPG
I tend to teach Marvel Heroic to people in media res, rules as we go. Gotten good feedback on it
@zkline If characters can be made in 5 minutes (like Do) then do character creation. If not then go with pre-gens
RT @e4_mafia: pre made characters for games that use character sheets – and pare them down to minimums. No 4 page character records
I find modern settings are easier to explain, due to easy to understand setting
A #TableTopDay Present for UA Fans http://blog.atlas-games.com/2013/03/a-tabletopday-present-for-ua-fans.html … … via @atlasgames #rpgchat
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