member, 1 post
Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 18:11
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
Look people, i never played dungeons and dragons but im ready to learn about it and played because:
1 I like medieval fantasy and i think (correct me if im wrong) this is heavy based on that
2 Storytelling is something i quite like
3 No one in my school or my friends would be willing to play even if i pay.
I hope someone can help to learn abpout the game and play it with them.

Thanks for the attetion

This message had punctuation tweaked by the user at 18:12, Sun 28 Apr 2019.

 member, 1547 posts
Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 20:17
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
First, it'll much better for you to divorce any ideas about system and the type/theme of a game.

By this I mean that while dnd might seem like medival fantasy, the system itself can be used for a massive range of things. Two games using the same system can be so different as to feel like entirely different games.

You could say that an rpg has two parts, the mechanics and the "other." thus even if the mechanics stay the same, the "other" can radical;y change things.

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 member, 708 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 01:49
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
What Hitomi said.  Be open to new experiences, and realize that one DM's D&D is not like another's.  If you can do that, you'll do fine.

I'll add some general RPoL-related advice:

RPoL injects another layer between you and the rules:  it's a play-by-post environment.  Look for some streamlining to occur to facilitate the slower pace of the medium.  Speaking of pacing, it's one thing folks debate here with regularity.  Some games post quite fast (more than once a day) while others may go quite slower.  Find what works for your life and schedule.  Be sure to discuss that up-front in a Request to Join (RTJ) when you want to join a game.

Get to know the place:  Hang out in Community Chat (now that you've lined up, signed up, and re-enlisted today) and get a feel for how things go.

Do please read the Notices in each forum you visit, as they will spell out the how of things - the rules we all live by while being there.  All forums on RPoL are  moderated, and have definite etiquette and culture associated with them.

While you're hanging out, check out the Help and FAQ topics (in the links at upper right), too.  Lots of good info in there about how to run a game of your own, how to use the unique-to-RPoL tools, and how to comply with site-wide policies.  Pay particular attention to policies regarding duplicate accounts, and mature & adult content.

When you're ready to find a game, look in Wanted - Players and Wanted - GMs.  These are advertising boards with some special rules that allow GMs to advertise for players for existing games, and allow Players to advertise for a GM to run a game they'd want to play.

Another place to find games as they are just starting up is Game Proposals, Input, and Advice (aka GPIA) . Among its other functions, this forum allows prospective GMs to float proposals for games they are considering.  This gives them a feel for the interest level for their proposal before they do all the work involved in putting a game together.  Expressing interest is a great way to get a seat at the virtual table as a game is just starting.

GPIA is also a place for GMs and Players alike to solicit input and advice on game-related problems or questions.  Take a peek and you'll see what I mean.

Don't be afraid of asking questions, 'cause folks here will pitch in to help you out when you do.  With as many games as are going on right now, you should find something that's a good fit for you, and that you can enjoy.

Now... get out there and get you some!
 member, 1549 posts
 Ocoee FL
 40 yrs of RPGs
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 11:46
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
As far as DnD goes on Rpol, you'll probably find a LOT more games set in a fantasy "medieval" world than any other setting.
 member, 1548 posts
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 00:40
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
True, but what fits in the box of medival fantasy is massive, from Conan to Mistborn to Game of Thrones. That is just one aspect. My particular point though, was that it is more than just that aspect. You can have hundreds of games set in the very same setting and even the same locale within that setting and even have the same theme (such as horror undead) and yet have experiences that are insanely different.

So different, that asking for a "dnd medival fantasy game" is like asking for a random motor-driven vehicle, you might get a motorcycle, but you might get a rusty ww2 aircraft carrier or an 18-wheeler or a U-haul boxtruck. If you're looking for a pickup truck, asking for a motor-driven vehicle is a bad way to get it.
 member, 311 posts
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 16:21
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
The real trick there is that when you're new, you rarely really know what you want, and your interpretation of it might be very different from someone elses. To continue the analogy, you might request a pickup truck, expecting a 2015 Toyota Tundra, and what you get is a 1962 Ford F-150 rat rod. It may not be what you pictured, but it's in the ballpark.

On the other hand, you might ask for a pickup truck and get a WWII aircraft carrier, but then it turns out you really like aircraft carriers, but you didn't know they existed until you were supplied with one.

Long story short, popular systems, especially the various editions of D&D, are a grab-bag. Even if you're pretty specific on what you want, every game and every gamemaster is going to bring something different to the table. Sometimes that's good. Sometimes you get a busted Vespa.
12th Doctor
 member, 92 posts
 Laugh Hard. Run Fast.
 Be kind.
Wed 8 May 2019
at 21:01
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
Posting in the Wanted - GMs thread is a great way to get started. You can detail what version of D&D you want to play (there are 5 and a half currently, thanks to D&D 3.5), as well as Pathfinder, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Dungeon World, Palladium Fantasy, and a ton of other similar games & systems. You can specify what you're looking for from a game, even how many other people you'd like to write with. Maybe you just want to run solo with a DM for a time until you get accustomed to the system! The more info you can provide, the easier it'll be to get matched up with the right DM.

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 member, 1 post
Mon 13 May 2019
at 17:41
New to Rpol, NEVER EVER played in my life D&D
In reply to SaDPoptart (msg # 1):

Hey poptart, I started D&D 2E the first month it came out when I was in grade 7 (do the math I'm old now). I purchased the Players handbook and my friend bought the dungeon masters guide and that was all it took to begin a 30 yr. role playing love affair that has cost me thousands of dollars in books and thousands of hours of fun.  Let me tell you, there are SOOO many styles of play.  My friend and I quickly exchanged books as I ended up having a flare for story telling and he for playing.  Some stories are magic and/or loot heavy and sometimes finding a +2 longsword in a campaign is like finding the holy grail, some have deep intrigue, sometimes groups are hack and slash number crunchers. there is no end to possibilities.  I've had 2 separate DND campaigns run over 1000+ hours lasting years each. If you're playing explore different races and classes until something really 'feels' right and if story telling get a sense of what your players are looking for.  It was not uncommon for one of my players to not be able to sit while I describing some in high intensity moments, but some players like puzzles to solve, and others just want to know when they can roll and kill stuff.  The best part is EVERY play style is the right one. As long as you and the players and having fun, the game is right.

Right now I'm creating a WoD campaign that I will hopefully unleash in the next few weeks.  I still have my original masquerade green marble cover book, but I've had to 'update' a little and I'm going with v20 I think (not really feeling v5). If you have any questions about DnD I am a resource feel free to use me. lol. Good luck!