I’m off to New York City in a few hours to attend NY Comic Con. One of my main activities over there will be to participate in the “Learn to Play” D&D experience at the Wizards of the Coast booth using the newly released Red Box.
Since I’m going to teach D&D to new (or returning) players, I thought it would be appropriate to do a little retrospective of the posts I wrote on the subject and those I found on the net. Enjoy.
A guest post I wrote for Johnn Four’s legendary RPG newsletter. I discuss various crucial elements a GM must take into account when teaching a new RPG to players. Mostly: get into it as fast as possible and keep things moving.
Here I discussed how the professional skill sets of good teachers and managers were identical to those of good Game Masters. More specifically: Organization, Communication Skills and Assertiveness.
The original Playing with Nico Trilogy
Probably the best stuff I ever wrote as a blogger, These are the interactive bedtime stories I did with Nico back in September 2008. This experiment taught me more about what RPGs are supposed to be and how to best let people use their imaginations to create stories. If you haven’t read them, do so now!
The rest of my RPG with kids posts can be found here.
The BlogSphere on Teaching RPGs
Before there was an Ennies Award Winning Gnome Stew, there was a Treasure Table. In it, Martin Ralya and some of his readers wrote a ton of excellent GM-focused posts. Among them were:
…Where a Gurps GM explains his methods for starting a new RPG group.
At exactly the same time I posted about teaching Roleplaying basics to my oldest son, Ken Denmead of Wired’s GeekDad posted an excellent post about Teaching Kids to Roleplay. He breaks down children’s ages in categories and suggests gaming styles and actual published games for each.
In fact there is quite a lot of RPGs that were published for kids (or can be easily adapted to them) right now. Among those feature NewbieDM’s RPG Kids, Stargazer’s new Warrior, Rogue & Mage seems simple enough to be adapted too. John Adams was also there a few years ago with the old school, simple as heck Kids, Castle & Caves.
Did I miss any?
Surprisingly, I’ve found few teaching role playing games articles that were “must reads” on the net. It’s possible that at 4 AM, my Google-fu skills aren’t as good as they usually are, so please don’t hesitate to share whatever you’ve seen or written on the subject, especially stuff from forums I likely missed.
I’ll see you next week!