Recruiting Players

I’ve found recruiting players is harder than it looks. I think once the campaign gets rolling, recruiting will be easier – but I’ve found most people are skeptical at first about a West Marches sandbox game (mostly my normal group of players). It doesn’t help much when there are two other full-time games going on in our group of players, and that’s one reason (among others) I decided to run a flexible, open game like this.

I’ve put out calls on our group’s forums, WotC forums, Paizo forums, local gaming site forums, and sent personal invitations to family and friends and put out the call for anyone to invite others. This has yielded roughly 8-10 ‘potential’ players and I think I’ll have enough to get our first session going (hopefully this Saturday). What I want to avoid though is the same four to five guys and gals participating in every game session, which defeats the purpose of the West Marches game.

Right now I’m trying to stick to the mantra of, “If you build it, they will come.”

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2 Responses to “Recruiting Players”


  1. 1 Tommi August 23, 2009 at 8:58 am

    You might want to check out nearbygamers: http://nearbygamers.com/ .

    Also, ask people interested in fantasy, board games or computer games. Especially in a West Marches game it doesn’t really matter if someone does not want to play more than a couple of sessions, so there is no pressure to make anyone a hobbyist; just ask if they are interested in trying this roleplaying thing.

  2. 2 Michael Pfaff August 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hey Tommi, thanks for the link! I’ll definitely post something on the site. And, good advice about getting people to just try it – considering there’s no commitment that makes sense.


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