008 Fresh Blood Into RPG Hobby

We talk about getting new people into the tabletop rpg hobby. Be careful of turning-off new players – killing pc’s, ruling with iron fist, and more.

Episode 8 Show Outline



Topics of Discussion – New Gamers

  • How we got started in RPGs
  • The pitch – what to say to someone to get them interested in rpgs
  • Mentoring vs Picking it up on your own w/friends
  • Kids
    • Our/Brett’s kids
    • Caution – language, material,
    • Maturity/age level
  • What would be a good roleplaying intro game?
    • Mechanics – Realise few prospective/new players will read the rules or understand them fully if they do read them.
    • Story – find out what they new player(s) are interested in; ask questions
    • Length of time/duration
    • RPG starter sets
  • Turn-offs or things to be careful about
    • Simple is best – complexity can come later (if at all)
    • Bad experience at table
      • killing characters
      • ruling with iron fist
      • Everyone else gets to do more
      • feeling like they’re a bother when they need help
  • Sucking them in
    • High adventure
    • Coolness – define
    • Make sure the new players have plenty of spotlight time
  • Offer challenge to community!

Die Roll 


  1. My encounter with a pack of wolves while bow hunting in the UP
  2. I’ve got Gamhole Con locked in!
  3. Everest Game club event from last weekend
  4. I’m way too old for this shit…


  1. Halloween games
  2. Ghostbusters actual play podcast: http://nerdyshow.com/ghostbusters/



About the Author
The 'S' of Gaming and BS podcast. Besides producing and hosting the show, Sean enjoys long walks on the beach, running rpg's, and killing player...characters.