New to Roleplaying Games?

If you’re new to roleplay gaming then welcome and we know it can be a bit daunting to take the plunge and join in. However, the club is very experienced at introducing new players to gaming and we’d love to help you get started. Get in touch if you’d like to join us.

What is Roleplay Gaming?

A tabletop Roleplaying Game (or RPG) is a game in which you take on the role of a character in a fictional setting. You create your character, act out what your character says and make dice rolls to see how well your character performs actions under difficult circumstances. The Games Master (GM) describes the world you are playing within to the players, setting up plot points or story arcs, and acts as a referee for the game rules. They will also play any additional characters that the players meet during the course of their adventure.

The first session will usually involve character creation and an introduction to the world. There are many different settings and rules systems that can be used to create an RPG. The most famous and widely played game is Dungeons & Dragons, but other well known games are Call of Cthulhu, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, and Vampire: The Masquerade. However, almost anything can be turned into a roleplaying adventure with enough imagination. The Guild of Adventurers has a range of genres and systems being played every week.

Different games have different styles and you may find some games work better for you. Some players love a rules heavy system with lots of stats to get their teeth into, others prefer something more story-led and where the rules are a bit looser. There are many different ways to play and if you don’t get on with one system then you can try another one.

Your First Game

If you’re coming to your first game at the Guild then your GM will be in touch to discuss your first session with you. They may help you to create a character before you arrive or do that in the first session of the game. If you are joining in the middle of an ongoing campaign then the GM will bring you into the story at an appropriate moment to fit with the plot.

We would recommend that you bring a notebook, pen and/or pencil, and a set of RPG dice (this is a set of 7 polyhedral dice and can be bought at any gaming shop fairly cheaply). But you don’t need to bring anything to your first few sessions; our gaming groups will make you very welcome and be happy to share dice and anything else you need. Some groups also bring snacks to share at the table, and there are tea and coffee making facilities in the venue.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get involved with the story. You aren’t expected to know all the rules in your first game and we don’t need you to buy expensive books to read up before you come to a session. Remember that everyone at the table should be given a chance to speak and be courteous to your fellow players.

The best advice for new players is to think about how your character would react to any given situation and do that. If you’re stuck for an idea when faced with a problem then you can ask for advice from your fellow players, although you definitely don’t have to take it. You are in charge of your character and their actions.

Most importantly, the game should be fun to play for everyone at the table. If something isn’t working for you then let the GM know.

Added Benefits of Roleplay Gaming

Roleplaying may seem like just a fun activity, but there are a lot of real world benefits to it too. RPGs are great for making friends and connecting socially with people with similar interests. There have been scientific studies that have proven that playing games like TTRPGs are actually good for your mental health too and they give you a safe environment to try your hand at creative problem solving and develop skills in coping with new challenges. It’s also been shown that it can increase interpersonal skills such as co-operation and negotiation.

Teamwork is a cornerstone of roleplaying and something that there are clear real life applications for, so much so that businesses are now using Dungeons & Dragons as team building exercises. So, whilst we’re having fun, we’re also picking up and improving important life skills!