One of the biggest hurdles to face-to-face roleplaying is finding other people to play with. You can post notices in your FLGS or other nerdly gathering spots, make friends at gaming conventions or even convert your non-roleplaying friends. Another option is the player finder.
A number of websites offer a sort of database that people can sign up for, noting their gaming interests and location in the world. They can come in pretty handy. I've met some nice folks through player finders.
Also, with the dawn of Google Maps and Frappr, it's become even easier to see who's living around the corner that you never knew about.
So, in order to foster the use of player finders, I've decided to compose a list. As I discover them, I will add more. Hopefully, others will contribute as well.
- Access Denied -
Access Denied allows users to list their interests in RPGs, board games, computer games and PBEM games and send messages to other users; other data includes availability and skill level.
- BoardGameGeek.com -
BoardGameGeek.com has a player finder which uses both Google Maps and a database searchable by proximity to a ZIP code.
- Nearby Gamers -
Uses Google Maps and an editable tagging system to allow users to search by geographical proximity and topic of interest. Also has an internal messaging system and discussion board.
- Pen & Paper Games -
Pen & Paper Games has a player registry as part of its forum. Users can search by geographical markers or proximity, as well as genres, whethey they play or GM and if they want players for their group, or to join a group themselves. Utilizes a Frappr-like navigable map.
- RPG Registry -
Run by RPGObjects, RPG Registry allows users to search by and specify games of interest, levels of skill, location and times of availability. Also has an internal messaging system. Users' email addresses seem to be publicly available.
- Spielerz.com -
A site devoted to connecting players. Users can search by geography, distance from a postal code and type of games played -- RPG, board game, etc.
- Steve Jackson Games Gamer and Store Finder -
SJG's Gamer and Store Finder allows people to list their own locations and interests, as well as search by those criteria.
- White Wolf Online -
As part of a forum account, you can sign up for White Wolf's player finder. Users can specify where they live and what games they want to play.
- WizKids Player Search -
WizKids' player search allows people to search for users who play any and all WizKids games in a particular region or worldwide, as well as approved playing venues.
- Atomic Thinktank Player Locator Forum -
A subforum of the Atomic Thinktank for Mutants & Masterminds for GMs and players to post looking for their counterparts.
- EN World Gamers Seeking Gamers Forum -
EN World's forums include a section, entitled Gamers Seeking Gamers, for just that purpose. The search function does not appear to be enabled.
- Hero Games Player Finder Forum -
Hero Games' forums include a Player Finder sub-forum, searchable by the built-in search function.
- RPG.net Gamer Gatherings Forum -
RPG.net's forums include a Gamer Gathering sub-forum. This is not searchable by normal means.
- RPGLibrary.org PBEM News Forum -
A web forum for announcing and listing Play by E-Mail roleplaying games.
- Wizards of the Coast RPG Gamer Classifieds Forum -
While Gleemax.com will eventually become a social networking site for gamers, Wizards of the Coast currently hosts a subforum in their message boards for roleplayers seeking games and players.
Other Online Resources
- Meetup.com -
Meetup.com is a website that helps people organize gatherings for every kind of interest. Many areas have at least one kind of roleplaying-related Meetup group going. A monthly fee is charged to run a Meetup group.