Ever wanted to learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons but feel like you’re missing something? Maybe the rules seem too complicated, or you don’t have a group of friends interested in the game. Perhaps no one wants to take on the responsibility of being Dungeon Master. Well you’re in luck, because StartPlaying is all about helping you find your perfect game!
The new movie, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, is getting a lot of positive buzz. Many reviews appreciate how much love is shown to the source material from specific spells to fantastically-realized creatures. The roller coaster ride of a quest also shows how exciting the game can be as the main characters zoom from one bombastic location to the next. If you’re anything like us, seeing the movie got you in the mood to play! So here’s what to do if you want to start your own adventure.
1. Find A “Learn To Play” Game On StartPlaying Games
Head on over to our list of open games to check out tons of beginner-friendly games run by professional Dungeon Masters. These games will be readily labeled as “Learn to Play” so you can’t miss them. You can use the search filters to find a date/time that works for you, and our DMs are all over the world to accommodate different time zones! Don't worry if you don't know everything, our GMs are incredibly welcoming and excited to teach you! You can click on a DM's profile to learn more about them and the way they run their games.
2. Meet The Party
Once you’ve signed up, your DM will contact you. Most likely you'll play online on a VTT, also known as a Virtual Tabletop. You'll also join a Discord, Google Meet, or Zoom group–this is where you and other players will actually communicate. You'll just need to follow whatever links the DM sends and create a few accounts. No need to worry about matching schedules with friends or figuring out character creation just yet. It would help you to skim the basic rules but it’s not required. With StartPlaying, you can just sign up and play!
3. That's Pretty Much It!
Your DM will have more specific instructions, but Learn to Play games are intentionally made to be user-friendly. You will probably get a simple pre-made character to control for the session, and the experience should serve as a walkthrough for the basic rules. Likewise, our DMs are experienced with onboarding players to the required tech. Feel free to ask questions if anything doesn't make sense. Again, our DMs have designed these games to be incredibly welcoming to first-timers!
Bonus: Invite Friends
If you happen to have friends who want to play D&D, you can save money by recommending them to StartPlaying! Just go into your account settings and find the “Refer a Friend” tab. If a friend uses your link to create a StartPlaying account, you get a $10 credit after they’ve played their first paid game.