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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.
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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