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#233888 03/01/06 09:43 AM
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Hi RPG Lloyd---It will be in print format and probably another 8-9 monthes to completion for artwork and play testing. We are rounding up names of those who wish to be playtesters and welcome everybody's input at all stages. The feminine viewpoint would be much appreciated from the parts we post for viewing and reviews at our website.
To request getting on the playtest list and materials, just go to www.mekgames.com and hit the Contact button. Best regards---Meker

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#233889 03/17/06 10:11 PM
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Hi,

I'm a complete pre-newb to "real" role playing games - I've only played EQ and WoW. So . . . I wanted to ask if you plan to write some beginner level articles?

I'm sure you don't have all the free time in the world to do so (being an editor myself with a full plate, I can relate), but if you ever feel like it, please do. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I'm really fascinated by the topic and I look forward to learning more about it.

Thanks and take care,
Chris


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I'm with Chris!
I've always been fascinated by D&D, but don't have any idea of how to get started. It always seemed like something teenage guys were doin, and how am I (a mother of a 14 year old) supposed to get involved in that?

I do remember about ten years ago, when BBS was still popular, playing an online game called Tradewars that was a lot of fun! And a Board owner actually started his own little "world" called "The Bar" where you came in, made up your own character, adn basically just interracted with each other, which sometimes lead to trading, and sometimes led to duel! It was really neat. (Easpecially after I found out the owner was only 17!) LOL

So I know I would enjoy the RP games, just gotta get started!


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#233891 03/18/06 12:53 PM
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Hi, Chris.

My intention is for most of my articles to be useful to people with little experience. Periodicals and message boards usually cater to the more experienced hobbyist--in any type of hobby, including RPGs.

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#233892 03/18/06 01:08 PM
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Hi, Michelle. Thanks for popping in.

It's not all teenage boys. In fact, over half of roleplayers are 19+. About 20% of role players are female, so you're not quite alone out there. Usually, that means about one woman per group, though, so you're definitely outnumbered at the table.

Checking your local game stores is a great way to start. Most of them have virtual or real bulletin boards to help players get together. Many of them also have game rooms, so you can meet in a public place before you head over to someone's house, or you could play there at the store if you want.

Ask your friends. About 15 million people either play now or used to play RPGs. A lot of people do abandon the hobby as they get older and develop responsibilities, but once they level out those things (the kids can feed themselves, the job becomes part of your life instead of your life, etc.) they want to go do fun stuff again. You might already know people who play D&D.

Also, D&D's the most popular, but it's not the only game out there. Depending on your taste, there are games with Asian flavor, gothic flavor, true horror, science fiction flavor, historical flavor--all kinds of stuff.

Go to the Wizards of the Coast store locator http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=findastore and enter your address to find a game store near you. I might even know who it is, since I owned a store and was active in the community of store owners.

You can also try meetup.com. They have D&D groups on their list.

If all else fails, you could start your own group if you really wanted. That takes a bit of work, but players are always hunger for somebody to run a game. I played a game one time, and then didn't play again for about 14 years, since I ran the game from my second session on. Obviously, I love it.

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#233893 03/24/06 07:42 AM
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Lloyd,

Would it be possible for you to choose a few of the more popular game systems that you are familiar with to write some game specific articles.

This would allow for some how to start articles while not focusing just on one game system.

Just a thought. It would be an interesting read.


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I have, in fact. The plan was to cover simple character creation for each game system, or perhaps some element of character creation.


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Hey there! I've been playing RPGs since I'm 4. Now I'm 17 and I started playing D&D with my friends not too long ago. I really like it...except that my friend is a horrible DM so I'm taking his place :P

Lloyd -> Your arcticles...they're FANTASTIC! Seriously they're helping <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> I'm only a starting DM and your idea of making a campaign guide is so good. I'll probably ask you questions from time to time if you don't mind...

Rogue -> I assure you you're not old. In fact I find it really cool that some adults still plays at games. There's no age for playing a game in my opinion.


Anyway I think I'll like hanging here in this forum ^^

Have a good day everyone!

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Quote:
Lloyd -> Your arcticles...they're FANTASTIC! Seriously they're helping I'm only a starting DM and your idea of making a campaign guide is so good. I'll probably ask you questions from time to time if you don't mind...


I love quoting praise for me!

Okay, enough of that. I'm glad they're helping. I plan to do more DM-oriented stuff soon, after all this player-stuff I'm doing with the adding character series.

Hey...that gives me an article idea.

How about desinging a city/town with minimal work? It should be up by Friday.


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From concept to execution in less than 18 hours. The article on creating cities and towns on the fly is up. A nice little DM-oriented piece for you.


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