Sometimes being encouraging is confounded by the communicative limitations of smiling and nodding.
There is a new Canberra Dungeons & Dragons
Meetup group getting organized. I went to their first meeting to boost the numbers, be encouraging and let them know there is already a group which has been running for a year and a half. Boosting the numbers worked; there were four of us, one more than turned up to the first meetup group. And while Jon, the organizer, was encouraged by the turn out, I failed to find much else to encourage.
Jon was enthusiastic about getting back into D&D
. The last time he played the game stopped because when the good characters were killed by the evil characters their players generated some more evil characters and the party ended up just fighting each other. And then there was another game which ended when a character stole his magic pendant and the GM said his character didn't know which one did it, so his character coshed them all in their sleep and tortured them until they confessed. But he's really looking forward to getting back into it again. He doesn't know how people can play good characters because sometimes you just want to lash out and kill something. (Smile and nod*.)
The other two people were also keen to play. They had all agreed fifth level would be a good place to start. Jason wanted to play version 3.0 because he didn't want to have to learn about five foot steps and all that stuff. He could only play during the week. John could only play on the weekend, but they didn't see a problem because he had all the 3.0 books in pdf format and they had agreed to start at fifth level. (Smile and nod.)
So I told them about the Canberra Dungeons & Dragons
Meetup group which already had dozens of players. I told them there were some D&D
games already running which would take new players. I told them there were also Ars Magica
and Star Wars
games, and soon Cyberpunk
. They all smiled and nodded and returned to planning their own game. (I think Jon actually sneered when I said Star Wars
*And back away slowly.