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11th-Jun-2008 02:53 pm
Veedub in da house
Hi there!!
I've been into d&d for a while but it wasn't until a few years back that I got the chance to play.
The group I used to play with were some of my closest friends from high school and my ex-boyfriend. After me and the ex had a major break up, my friends stopped talking to me.
A year later and I'm with a new guy and I have new friends. I really want to start playing again but my boyfriend and my new buds don't know how to play.
Whats the best way to teach someone how to play D&D? I've been tempted to pick up the D&D for Dummies book at Barnes&Noble a few times just to see how is it.
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11th-Jun-2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
D&D For Dummies is actually quite helpful. A starter pack from WoTC is also a good idea. You can buy those at your gaming store or book store, and they come with the basic rules and dice. It's the Basic Rules Set or something like that. I think it may even have mini's.

Worse comes to worst, if you can't get your friends interested then try D&D MeetUp. It's online somewhere, and the MeetUp people hold gatherings for all sorts of things. You can go meet other people interested in playing, and maybe find someone to teach your friends or DM for you all.

Good luck! I've been playing for more than 30 years and I have to say it's a wonderful thing to do.
11th-Jun-2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Concentrate on the story not the rules. Acknowledge this up-front. Encourage a bit of rules-hacking in a post-game discussion.

Make sure that every character has something special and critical contribute. Give everyone a fair shot at being in the spotlight.

Emphasise a narrative. Put the characters in a situation where they must help (rescue the princess, save the village, whatever). Give them a clear and obvious threat. Allow them to find clues which suggest and even greater threat (that lies beyond the first game session). Include a plot-twist.

Try not to kill the PCs except for perhaps the most disinterested player final scene (it jolts the others into "gosh you can get killed doing this"). Start with very low-level weak opponents, and build up to a tough boss at the climax.
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12th-Jun-2008 03:29 am (UTC)
i got my wife to play by having her play baldur's gate. you know, the video game.
12th-Jun-2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Well, I was in Jr. High when the game was first popular, and virtually no one "knew" how to play. You just sort of drank it in. Of course, the rules were a lot simpler then. You probably want to have some assigned as a "mentor" of sorts to do the heavy lifting with some of the rules.

Emphasize "React as you think your alter-ego character would, we'll tell you what dice to roll."
12th-Jun-2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Give them a list of options on character they might like to play, then make those characters for them. Then go buy a published module and run them through it to see if they'd like it.
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