Flier update, and The Diceman cometh

Those fliers I put up seeking D&D players worked out about as well as I could have hoped. So far I’ve gotten a number of inquiries, and two new players — Adam and Ross. (Hi, guys!)

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I intentionally placed the fliers in places other than the FLGS because I thought it would be fun to play with people who are not necessarily established gamers. I thought: Someone who’s never played D&D before, or quit ten or twenty years ago, or who just doesn’t hang out at gaming stores, could make things interesting. So I put up two fliers in the library (one at a time but the first had all the tabs taken in a matter of a week or two), one in Borders Books & Music, one in Panera Bread, and lastly I had a friend put one up in a FLGS that caters to the Warhammer crowd. The library was, hands down, the best performer. The Borders flier was taken down at some point after I put it up (the bulletin board there is very small and crowded with commercial fliers from “work-from-home” scams so probably one of the charlatans took it down to make room for themselves). The Panera flier got me one inquiry, and the game store none.

Adam & Ross have some experience with 3rd edition D&D but are a bit younger than the rest of the regulars. I’ve had one inquiry from a guy who is attending a local college and has never played D&D at all (he replied to the flier at Panera Bread, which in my area is frequented by students as well as the usual yuppies). After a few emails he’s kind of dropped off, and I assume that’s because he’s either busy with classes, lost interest, or found another game. Yet another guy is a lapsed AD&D 2nd ed. player, and I haven’t heard from him since the holidays started. But the fourth guy I’ve heard from, and the only one after Ross & Adam that I met through the flier, turns out to be someone with deep roots in the industry.

Bob found my flier in the library like everyone else but suggested that the FLGS I did not post at (Underhills) would have been worthwhile. At this point I have as many players as I can handle so I won’t put up any more fliers, but I’ll take that under advisement.

Anyway Bob should be coming to the next session.  Bob is retired but runs “The Light Trading Company,” which sells dice at conventions and by mail.  The website for his business is a little primitive (and the product listing is broken right now!) but I think you could probably email about any dice you might have in mind and he can get them. I’m pretty much set for dice but I am looking forward to have Bob join us.  He goes way back in gaming and as a frequent convention attendee and vendor he seems to know a lot of people in the “industry” and have a lot of stories.  When I met him to “screen” him, he told me a bit about Tom Moldvay, who was from our area, including a distressing tale of what happened to all his gaming stuff after his death.  I’m hoping Bob will write some of his stories down and let me repost them here, whether or not the gaming works out.

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