We’re counting down the days International Tabletop Day 2018, happening this year on April 28th! As we get closer to the big day, we’ll be looking at the gamut of tabletop gaming, from the stories of the games we play to remarkable people who love them. Be sure to join in on the fun on April 28th on our official ITTD Twitch Stream, hosted by Ivan van Norman and donate to charity:water, the worthy cause we’re supporting this year.
You’ve talked your friends into watching Critical Role, and they’re hooked. Now you’re ready to take them to the next level: Level 1, that is. If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to get your friends into their first games of Dungeons & Dragons with yourself at the helm, there’s no better excuse than International Tabletop Day.
You know the rules, you know the game, and you’re ready to go. Here are just a few tips to help your game for newbies on International Tabletop Day go smoothly.
Work With Them to Fill Out Character Sheets
One of the most daunting tasks for new D&D players is filling out the character sheet with all those numbers. Character creation can be done with paper, pencils, and dice as a group activity, or with the online tools at D&D Beyond, depending on your group’s preferences.
Either way, be ready for an onslaught of questions and try not to be too impatient to get your ITTD game underway. (You know how tough some of those decisions can be!) They’ll start off on the right foot and you’ll make sure no one feels lost before you even begin.
Give Everyone The Gift of Dice
Giving players their own set of dice will make a lasting impression long after ITTD. On Twitter, Dungeon Master Corry summed up this thoughtful gift that makes both the giver and recipient happy, saying, “Any player without dice will walk away from my table with their own set. Being welcomed to the community with control of their own fate is a sentiment that will bring them back to the table time and again. And for [about] $10, well worth it.”
Not only will the new player immediately feel like a veteran D&D player, they’ll be more likely to want to put those dice to good use the next time you invite them to your table.
(Take a look at this Adventurer’s League Twitter thread for even more Dungeon Master tips from DMs who have experience running games for new players.)
Play This Free Neverwinter Adventure
In March, Dungeons & Dragons released a free Neverwinter adventure in Dragon+ magazine. Aimed at players level 3-5, Crypts of Kelemvor will feel like a dungeon crawl familiar to anyone in your group who has played an MMORPG before—especially if they play Neverwinter.
In Crypts of Kelemvor, says the guide, “This scenario sees the adventuring party given an important quest to collect a number of broken magical seals and to light a number of magical braziers, all of which once protected the crypts of Kelemvor.”
So settle in and spend your Tabletop Day deep in a dungeon with your close friends as you teach them the magic of Dungeons & Dragons. Oh, and don’t forget the snacks. And be sure to join us on April 28th on Twitch for our International Tabletop Day stream hosted by Ivan van Norman, and help us support charity:water to raise money for a project to get water to a community of people who currently lack access to clean water.
Need more game ideas for International Tabletop Day?
- Five Games That Take 20 Minutes Or Less to Play on International Tabletop Day
- Check out these great games set in fantasy universes.
- On a budget? Check out great games that cost less than $20!
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