December 30, 2019

Teaching New Tabletop RPG Players

Today’s #newbieTuesday post is advice centered on how we, as experienced players, best extend the olive branch to new players to get them into the tabletop role playing game experience.

There are three main things to consider when trying to be that positive influence on the new & prospective players in your life:

  1. Patience
  2. Compassion
  3. Coaching

Having played for quite some time it’s at least plausible that you’re well-versed in how to play and, who does what/when/where and why. You’re familiar with the pace and intuitively know the order of operations, and where to interject yourself.

When a new player or players join the table, you quite simply cannot have those same expectations about them. You must be patient, and use your skills in kindness and compassion when thoughtfully delivering advice and guidance.

When the experienced players carry themselves in this manner, it significantly eases the perceived burden on the new players, freeing them up to better ingratiate themselves into the game & story, rather than worrying about people-pleasing or being embarrassed at “not doing the right thing.”

Role playing games need to carry the banner for how experiencing stories together is an incredibly positive, fun, community-driven experience that brings people together and adds a bright bit of happiness to our lives.

Just like you did once upon a time, the new players you bring in will learn and then be able to pay it forward themselves!