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    Default Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    So far I'm having no issues whatsoever finding a game...you know, if it's anything besides 4E.

    So why is it so difficult to find a game, let alone a decent one? Feel free to describe any difficulties you've had or give advice too.

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    DMs are relatively hard to come by in the best of times. If you really want to play any tabletop RPG, offering to be the DM or equivalent is a pretty surefire way to get a group together, as even the most diehard fans of a particular system usually will be willing to play in another system if they don't have to do the hard part. Once you've gotten a group together, you're more likely to find somebody else willing to try the DM seat for a game, though that may take a year or more.

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    Experiences are going to vary wildly here. For example, I found myself swampled by the number of 4E games I was playing or running. I found the same was true in 3E, but that was from one game.

    I suspect that it's much easier to find a 4E game near a store that supports the Encounters program. Several locals only come out to that when they're looking to recruit new players for a home game. Without that network, NecroRebel's method is almost certainly your best bet to get in on a table. Even with the network, it's a big help.

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    I don't know what the situation is in your area, but are there local gaming shops? A lot of them still advertise regular games, and some of those games will be 4E, especially if there's Encounters-running DMs.
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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    I've found that many areas have one RPG that people really like and everybody plays there, and finding players for anything else is going to be hard. If you're working against local consensus, well, tough luck. If it's any consolation, in certain other areas everybody you'd find will want to play 4E and only 4E.
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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    I guess that's a point. Finding your game of choice can be harder in smaller population centres, especially if your mobility is limited by lack of transit or personal transportation. If you're able to reach a city within half an hour's travel, this shouldn't be an issue.

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    Normally I'd agree with you, Tower. The issue is that I live in a college town up in the mountains. All the towns around me barely register on the map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overlord Rion View Post
    So far I'm having no issues whatsoever finding a game...you know, if it's anything besides 4E.

    So why is it so difficult to find a game, let alone a decent one? Feel free to describe any difficulties you've had or give advice too.
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    It'd probably be quicker to walk, since you could only teleport 5 squares every 5 minutes.
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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    Quote Originally Posted by Overlord Rion View Post
    Normally I'd agree with you, Tower. The issue is that I live in a college town up in the mountains. All the towns around me barely register on the map.
    You could try to form a new group; college towns are good for that. With that said, it's odd that 4e is hard to find (given that D&D in general still completely dominates the industry), and the extent to which college towns are good for finding groups probably drops precipitously for those not actually in college.
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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    You could seek online games. 4E has online support, and that includes a gaming table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acanous View Post
    You could seek online games. 4E has online support, and that includes a gaming table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue1005 View Post
    What is this of which you speak???
    They have something for that?

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    Quote Originally Posted by Overlord Rion View Post
    They have something for that?
    That is what i was asking, do they have a place that I can get in a 4th ed game online like that. The person I quoted made it seem like there was.

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    http://rpgtableonline.com/welcome.php

    It's the 4e VTT, farmed out to a 3rd party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obryn View Post
    http://rpgtableonline.com/welcome.php

    It's the 4e VTT, farmed out to a 3rd party.
    Have you played this? Can you give and assessment of the play, ability to find groups and all that fun?

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    There are also plenty of games being played on this forum. All of my actual experience has been here.

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tegu8788 View Post
    There are also plenty of games being played on this forum. All of my actual experience has been here.
    Indeed sir, but the other forum also appears to have graphic and such added in, thus a better visual experience.

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    Default Re: Why is it so difficult to find a 4E game?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue1005 View Post
    Have you played this? Can you give and assessment of the play, ability to find groups and all that fun?
    Not personally! I have my game night, and that's about all I can fit in, with two small kids. :)

    You might also check ENWorld's Gamers Seeking Gamers section.

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