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News & Opinion

General
General
  • By: Maelish
  • 04/11/2014 09:09 am

Old School Rises Again

Last month I was at a small convention where two sessions of a local gamer's 1st Edition AD&D Tomb of Horrors game had more players signed & showing up to play than it could handle.  Odd you'd think, nobody plays anything but the new cutting edge games at conventions right?  Everybody's waiting with baited breath for D&D 5E right?  Well no, not everyone and especially not now.  Because although it might seem odd, vintage roleplaying is on the slow burn to become the "hot new thing."  Why a slow burn?  Because it's all being done at the grass roots level, game publishers aren't wild about the idea because it cuts into their profits.  But gamers who learned their craft in the 70's and 80's have found sudden popularity at gaming conventions, local groups and game stores across the world.  

Lest you think I'm embellishing things, the Facebook Vintage Roleplaying group has over 2000 members.  Larger even than that is the Dragonsfoot forum with over 9000 members.  These site and others continue to grow, they aren't shrinking.   Old School roleplaying fans are happily learning they aren't alone in their love of the classics.

As for Find Gamers, we've supported OSRIC from the start but in the last few months there has been an up-tick in requests for vintage roleplaying games that I never expected when the site started.  First came the requests for BECMI (Basic Expert Champions Masters Immortals), quickly followed by classic versions of Gamma World, Top Secret and James Bond.  All I can say is:  Bring it on guys, I am more than happy to add them for you.  Find Gamers is here to support your need to find roleplayers not only in your area but who also have the same interest.
 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 03/27/2014 12:17 pm

New Zip Codes

The Zip Code database was updated today.  Lots of new locations in the continental USA as well as territories were added.  
 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 03/05/2014 08:06 pm

New Front Page & Live Reporting

If you haven't been to Find Gamers in a while - welcome back.  If you are a new user or just finding us, then we're delighted you've discovered us.  I've been pushing out quite a few changes in the last few weeks.  The most obvious is the new front page.  Sadly it's been lacking for a while, but it's not easy to write and code a web site without using wordpress, drupal or something similar.  However, I've found its a lot more rewarding for me than doing it the other way.  You certainly learn a lot more about databases, html and coding that way!

A new addition that you guys (and ladies) should enjoy is the new live report information that comes along with the front page.  It's 100% current as of page load.  That means if Call of Cthulhu is  still ranked #3, not enough of you are selecting it in your Gamer Profile.  Just kidding of course.  :-)   

I'll be working hard to keep the site up to date.  Hopefully you'll tell your friends about us.  
 
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Opinions
Opinions & Ramblings
  • By: Maelish
  • 03/02/2014 09:03 am

Opinions Wanted

Are you interested in testing the blog or opinion waters? Have a bit of game news you think might be important enough for the world to read, it is a scoop that might interest Roleplayers or  Wargamers?  A retrospective review on a game system that launched several months ago?   Maybe some tips on how to get game-ready so you're prepared when you find that new group?   Then you're invited to post to Find Gamers news.  

The guidelines are simple.  Entries should be between 100 to 300 words and be well written.   You may use basic html (not required) and include links or small images but no paragraph or size tags.  The content should be of at least modest importance to the tabletop gaming community.  You may quote other sites as long as it's credited in your blog entry.  Expect questions about your submission and don't be upset if edits or changes are made or requested.   I'm not the best writer in the world either, my wife sometimes proof reads my stuff.  At least she's kind enough not to ridicule me too much.
 
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General
General
  • By: Maelish
  • 02/13/2014 12:16 pm

And the top 5 States are....

Drum roll please... The top 5 states with the most registered users are: Tennessee, Alabama, Washington, Texas and Colorado.  It's very good news for you if you happen to live in one of those states.  That isn't bad news for site members in other states, it just means you should mention us to your friends and local game stores.  
 
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In Other News...
Sites Worth Mentioning
  • By: Maelish
  • 01/25/2014 09:15 pm

How Players Can Get the Most Out of Tabletop Role

Paul Maplesden over at Seekty.com has written a nice article on how players can get more out of the roleplaying games they participate in. Although its aimed mostly at new players, there might be some useful information in here.

Tabletop role playing is a fantastic hobby. It combines imagination, problem-solving, social interaction and a relaxed environment to create adventure, excitement and fun for everyone involved.

Whether you’re new to roleplaying games or you’ve been rolling dice for a while, its always good to make the most of your time at the table. Here are some hints, tips and advice on how to get the most out of a pastime that many of us love.

Head over to Seekty.com and read the rest of his article for some good tips.
 
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