Tabletop Roleplaying Communities
In the early days it could be difficult to find other gamers. Thankfully these days finding helpful tabletop roleplaying communities is easier than ever. You can get questions answered, read reviews, get the latest product news, bounce ideas off other gamers, and debate the finer points with gamers from around the globe.
Ask the Experts at StackExchange
This is a tremendously helpful Q&A site, covering rules and gaming techniques for newcomers and veterans alike. The StackExchange community management process leads to well-vetted questions and excellent answers. Here’s a small sampling of the sorts of questions addressed in the site:
- How do I roleplay an intelligent character?
- How to become better at descriptions of what your character is doing?
- What kinds of rules promote good team cohesion?
- What tools are useful to organize a GM’s campaign notes?
- What are the key considerations to creating compelling environments?
- How can GMs evoke the tone of danger in an RPG?
Delve Into Roleplaying Communities
- EN World – This is a massive forum with columns, game reviews, publisher announcements, and more.
- Gaming As Women – The essays and reviews in this award-winning publication are excellent.
- Gnome Stew – Devoted to helping gamemasters improve their skills, the articles in this site will help any GM.
- Reddit – Role Playing Games – An active community with questions, links, and all sorts of RPG discussions.
- RPG Bloggers – Use this site’s search function to find blogs and podcasts that cover the games and genres you enjoy most.
- RPG Crossing – This forum is dedicated to play by post gaming, and also provides intro materials to those new to roleplaying.
- RPG Geek – This massive data-driven site provides news, reviews, forum play, and much more.
- RPG.Net – This is a community forum for game reviews and discussion about every flavor of fantasy roleplaying game.
- Story Games – Narrativist games are what this discussion board is all about. Find out about new games, learn from accounts of actual play, and more.
- UK Role Players – This site provides news, reviews, a forum, and more for role players in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (although visitors from further afield are more than welcome).
There are many Discord servers, many created by fans. Those tend to come and go, but official servers run by game publishers are usually more long-lived. They also have the advantage of allowing gamers to talk directly to a game’s creators. Here are a few: