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I’m a thirtysomething dad and IT professional living in the Austin, TX area. I started gaming way back in the day, 1982, with the TSR space opera game Star Frontiers. Since then I've been an avid roleplayer. I went to 5 Gen Cons, was a regional Triad for the RPGA's Living Greyhawk campaign, helped start a gaming club (the FORGE) in Memphis, TN, et cetera.

I GM and play a variety of RPGs; currently Pathfinder is in heavy rotation as well as various non-D&D-based games.


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comment What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D?
The real point is that if you play D&D and your group plays D&D - introduce them to D&D. If you all play "whatever, some different indie game each week" then feel free and choose one just for them. But we're pretty much giving Joe D&D Gamer guidance of "your game can't do that you need to go buy/learn something else" and that's terrible advice.
Jul
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comment What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D?
@TimothyAWiseman the problem is that "sounds great" but it's counter to my experience. There's a reason D&D is the most widespread - most people have had it as their first experience and most of those have stuck with it. We can wish that the Fiascos of the world were the best intros to RP but - it's not. Go poll any 100 RPGers what their first game was and it's predominantly D&D - and I never let theory argue with real world success.
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answered What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D?
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comment What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D?
-1 - literally millions of people have played D&D as their first RPG, and it sounds like that's what the OP and his group plays and hence their question.
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comment What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D?
Putting on hold for some clarification. Do you specifically want to attract non-gamers to an existing gaming group? Or to form a new one? Why, is it because you can't attract existing gamers or don't want to? Are you trying to attract people in general, or are you interested in specific persons you know (ie: your friends, your girlfriend, your family,...)? Do you actually mean D&D or RPGs in general? And (whatever the answer) why?
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comment What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D?
Hmm I thought this might be a duplicate of rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/840/… but the answers to that one suck and are about recruiting existing players despite the question. Proceed!
Jul
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comment Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?
As a side note on the one problem you actually mentioned initially, in Pathfinder all characters are proficient with their unarmed strike/natural weapons. (d20pfsrd.com/equipment---final/weapons)
Jul
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comment How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?
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Jul
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comment How do I run a successful and engaging campaign without combat?
Nope, magic. 3.5e PHB, combat section is 25 pages, magic and spells section 127 pages. Can I play a session of D&D where no one casts a spell? Anyway, this isn't improving anything, take it to chat if you really want to discuss.
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comment How do I run a successful and engaging campaign without combat?
@Zachiel that's a ridiculous claim. If we have a fight and there's no spellcasting so we're not exercising the magic rules, are we "not using D&D?" So if we have a D&D game where we don't exercise the combat rules, it's also "not D&D?" That's farcical. Consider reading a D&D manual (not 4e, I guess); there's a bunch of other rules in there to use for exploration and interpersonal and everything else this question talks about.
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revised How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?
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Jul
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comment How can I judge if combat in a dungeon room attracts attention?
@GrandmasterB and that's still an important thing about the world - in that case the players should be able to hear the sound of those fights and gain intel thereby.
Jul
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comment How can I judge if combat in a dungeon room attracts attention?
Also, let them use sound against their opponents - they should be able to figure stuff out by sound themselves.
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comment What are the changes between editions?
There are very few rules changes from edition to edition of CoC (I hear 7th ed might be an exception); you should be fine to run any adventure with any set of the rules. Not an answer because I'm not interested in listing the minutiae that do differ from each version to the next... Someone will I'm sure.