Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Finding a Group

Our recent visit with out-of-town friends highlighted some of the difficulties in finding a group as a young professional to game with.

Our last "meatspace" gaming experience got terminated when we found that one of the players was a felon.

My ideal qualifications for a meatspace game and its participants would be:

  • Not a convicted felon.
  • 21+
  • Stable employment, understanding of issues associated with having a real job
  • Reasonable amount of time dedicated to hobby (i.e. 1-2 weekends a month tops for people busy with jobs)
  • Mature and responsible individuals who I wouldn't mind associating with in other contexts
My college gaming group was great and it would be nice to find other folks with similar interests.  The problem seems to be that obscure board games like Settlers as well as table top RPGs attract an... odd assortment of players.  I'm at a stage in my life where I don't want to deal with felons, drop outs, and people with severe hygenie/social issues.  I'd even be willing to compromise on game played, system used, campaign theme, modules played, etc to find a decent group.

Sadly it just seems that either the player base is odd or my standards are unreasonable due to having such a positive experience back in college with a core group of decent folks.

1 comment:

DL said...

Once you're back in more civilized lands, looking for graduate students might be a good bet. Though they don't have a "real job", their course work tends to be rigorous enough that they understand obligations, and the entry requirements steep enough that some of the real creeps are weeded out.