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Searching in your local game store or on message boards to find other local gamers can be pretty frustrating.  Roleplayers & Tabletop Wargamers have challenges finding other gamers who live near them.  Everyone hopes to find people interested in the games they like.  When you do find other gamers then you're crossing your fingers hoping they'll have similar opinions on genres & play-style.  Find Gamers is doing it's best to help you find other people that match your interests not only in Roleplaying but also Miniature & Historical Wargaming.

Gamer Profile

After registering and building a Gamer Profile, you'll be able to search for local gamers in your area or those interesting in playing online.  Other people can see your favorite games & interests then contact you about tabletop gaming opportunities.

Online Gamers

If you live in a sparsely populated area and can only game online, then you can add `Game Online` to your Gamer Profile.  Find Gamers show your Gamer Profile in the Local Gamers search (Within Canada, Great Britain & USA) but also list you in Online Gamers listings.

Find Conventions

Another feature is our member driven Convention & Event list.  Any registered user can create events.  They can be Conventions, Online Events or the more popular Local Only Events.  Local Only Events are often used for:  a local organization's game day, a hobby store's tournament or class on painting miniatures. Our gamers are looking for Roleplaying or Wargaming conventions, be sure to add yours.

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RPG Systems Alternity, Basic Roleplaying (BRP), Call of Cthulhu, Champions, Diaspora, Dungeons & Dragons (B/X), Dungeons & Dragons (BECMI), Dungeons & Dragons 1E AD&D, Dungeons & Dragons 2E, Dungeons & Dragons 3.5E, Dungeons & Dragons 4E, Dungeons & Dragons 5E, Fate, Gamma World 1E, Gamma World 4E, Gamma World 7E, Gumshoe, Gurps, Hackmaster, Hero, James Bond, Legend of the Five Rings, Merp, Numenera, OSRIC, Pathfinder, Rifts, Rolemaster, Runequest, Runequest (6E & MRQ2), Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, Star Wars, Top Secret, Top Secret:SI, Traveller (Classic), Traveller (Mongoose), Traveller 5, Warhammer Fantasy
RPG Genres Action Movie, Covert Ops, Espionage, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Historical (Alternate), Historical / Period, Horror, Low Magic, Martial Arts, Mecha, Military, Modern, Pulp, Retro / Old School, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi (Hard), Steampunk, Super Hero, Swashbuckling, Western

I enjoy all kinds of games, but primarily RPGs. I currently have two games for which I am looking for players. One is in Lexington Park, MD and it is a Castles and Crusades game set in Michael Curtis's Stonehell Dungeon, the other is in Alexandria, VA and is an ongoing group that is about to start Lost Mine of Phandelver for D&D 5E.

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Minor Site Updates ( In Feature Creep)

Our little zombie, lovingly called the Feature Creep is at it again.  That means we have some minor changes that should please most of you.

  • The first is a substantial difference in the speed of the Player Finder pages.  It affects both local & online only pages and wow are they faster.  After running a series of tests for the Online Gamers search, we've found it runs an average of about 1,500% faster than previous page loads.  No, that is not a typo.  It is indeed fifteen-hundred percent faster.   And this change also benefits the Local Gamers search page as well with similar speed increases.  Woot!

  • The second update is moving from HTTP to HTTPS.  This is an alteration that most of you might not have even noticed if it had not pointed it out in this article.  But it shouldn't affect anyone negatively, in fact HTTPS typically loads pages faster than HTTP.  So it'll be a boon to all of us.

So that is it for things you guys might notice.  There are always little things being fixed in the background, that's just life in web site development.  But before I forget:  The Group Finder is going through a redesign soon.  Right now I'm looking at different ways to make that better.  If you have some ideas that would make everybody happy, let me know through feedback.  Or you could post this in the comments on this article.

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Surprising Benefits in Tabletop Gaming ( In Opinions & Ramblings)

As Patrick Allen over at Lifehacker has pointed out, there are quite a few surprising benefits to roleplaying games.  Naturally we'd expect most of these benefits to extend to wargames and of course board & card gaming.  

The first obviously would be the benefit of making new friends through table-top gaming.  But there is often a subtle unrecognized growth in social skills development that you get through conversation.   And let's not forget that with most gaming you get to flex your brain through use of tactics, learning how to work as a team and problem solving skills.  

However roleplaying is often unique from other types of tabletop gaming because it requires you to work through a dynamic and often an unpredictable story.  It doesn't matter if you are the Game Master running the game or one of the players.  Playing your character's personality through the game's adventure and the situations that unexpectedly occur require a high degree of creativity.  Over time you simply get better thinking outside the box and that has real world benefits.

In short, gaming is a useful hobby.  You meet new people and can develop a number of new skills.  If you don't believe me, read the full article at Lifehacker.  It's called "The Surprising Benefits of Role-Playing Games (and How to Get Started)."  You can read the entire article on their site.

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