New to ORC
If you've never played an RPG before it can be quite daunting. However, if you've played a computer RPG like Neverwinter Nights, Baldurs gate or even World of Warcraft then you're well on your way! Even so, most folk pick up RPGs in the first session.
The best way to get involved is to do the following:
- Introduce yourself in the Introductions area.
- Regularly check the site - games fill up extremely quickly, so the Games/Players Wanted area is a good place to check often.
- Ask Bill, the site admin, to add you to the Looking for a Game PM list. This uses the ORC PM system to send a message to you from a GM looking for players.
- Ask questions. Seriously. It helps.
- Send a PM (Personal Message) via the ORC Messaging system to a GM if you're interested in their game.
- If there's a particular game you'd like to play ask in the Games/Players Wanted area - you may be surprised!
- Try some of of the single session games (one-shots) and see how you get on.
- Check the Events Calendar to see whats coming up.
Playing the Game
Just some basic things that probably don't need saying, but sometimes do! This holds true for players and GMs!
- Turn up on time: if you are running late or can't make it, let the GM or another of the players know (via ORC Messaging) in good time.
- Check you know where the venue is (the Events calendar has Google map links to most frequented venues).
- Where venues serve food or drink DON'T bring your own (Meadow Bar, Counting House, Illegal Jacks, and the Games Hub are examples). These places could kick us out as a result.
- It's a social activity but don't forget that others are there to have fun - no one wants to be sworn at, yelled at, or even hit. It's a game.
- Don't be overly critical of other players or the GM. No one likes a smartypants.
- Let everyone have their turn, but make sure you get your own go.
- Have fun.
For details on actually GMing a game at ORC, see Running a game at ORC.