Fliers, fliers, everywhere

Quick update on the fliers I put up to find more players.

So far I’ve put up two in the library (the first one had all the tabs pulled in about two weeks) and one each in  “Panera Bread” cafe and one in an area “Borders Books & Music.”  A friend put one up in a FLGS (JAC Games).  I’ve gotten four inquiries from the library fliers and one from Panera, so far.  I haven’t checked if any tabs were pulled at Borders, and I haven’t been to JAC to see where the flier was placed there.  I have not put any up in the other FLGS, and I am still trying to find times to meet/screen the players, although I’ve emailed back & forth a bit with a few of them.

I also met with one more possible player who saw my post about gaming on a Yahoo group, and he is interested but busy until the holidays are over.

I’ve also tried contacting a bunch of people using Pen & Paper Games and several other online RPG finder type sites.  No responses so far.  I’ve posted about the game and sent private messages to locals in the systems that supoort it, but no bites at all!

So the lesson I’m getting is that putting up fliers, even in unlikely places like a cafe, is a lot better for getting new players than the electronic forums.  I suspect that the fact that I’m up front about it being an older version of the game has put some players off, and if I were running 3.5 or 4e I’d probably have an easier time finding players online.  It is also possible that using email as my contact point is keeping a few people from responding to the fliers but I don’t know how I’d organize a game without email.  So, if you’re looking for players, don’t rely on online methods of connecting with people.

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  1. Just a thought that hit me after reading your post:

    Players not familiar with Old School Dungeons and Dragons might be under the assumption that they need a lot of ‘books and materials’… especially if they come from a 4E background.

    Would it be beneficial to explicitly mention that ‘no books are required’ for your sessions?

    • I actually did mention “no books required” in the flier. But players used to the “rules mastery” model of WotC gaming probably won’t be comfortable with that. I mean, this is old school and I am probably out to level drain & save or die their asses at every turn unless they can find their “protection from DM, 10′ radius power.”

  2. I love how thorough your campaign to find new players is. It’s wise to not compromise on system. I’ve made the mistake of trying to run a system that appealed to a broad audience, but didn’t appeal to me so much.

    • Yeah, my brother was trying to talk me into running various other games at the start and I’m glad I stuck to my guns about playing a rule set that I mostly understood and would enjoy. Maybe when I’m more experienced as a DM it won’t matter quite as much. But yeah, the DM has to be able to enjoy the game too!


    Paging Doctor Monaco…
    Paging Doctor Monaco…


  4. Miniature Identification Alert!!!

    Paging Doctor Monaco…

    • Did you mean “paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard…”?

      Someone beat me to it, but it is they’re from the Action Art dungeoneer set. Thanks for the notice though!

      • Sorry about the duplicate comments – WordPress seemed to ignore it the first time around…!

        • No problem — they got marked as spam, oddly enough.

  5. Have you tried meetup.com? The FLGS here uses that site to announce store-hosted RPGs and they’re gotten a few players from there.

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