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We're starting an offline gaming club here at the school I teach at. I'll probably lead a few D&D 5e sessions to get things started and I thought it might be a good idea to get some input from experienced DMs/players here. I played D&D back in the 1980s but I've not DMd before and am just catching up to 5e rules and how the game has evolved.

My ideas on how to run these sessions so far:

  • instead of a long campaign, run sessions that can be concluded in a single 3-4 hour sitting
  • they need to be scaleable sessions that will stay balanced regardless of how many people show up
  • sessions need to be accessible to anyone who rocks up out of curiosity and interesting enough for people with some experience with the RPG format
  • sessions should include combat, role playing, character development, opportunities to use the proficiencies of each class so that players can learn how the game works
  • sessions should serve as an introduction to the game to entice students to run their own campaigns

I want the sessions to work as I've described, but I'm not sure how to achieve this.

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closed as too broad by SevenSidedDie Jun 9 '16 at 17:45

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm going to cut-and-paste some things from rpg.stackexchange.com/a/74672/23970 and rpg.stackexchange.com/a/65682/23970, along with some unique-to-this-question thoughts to cobble together an answer. But feel free to poke around until that comes along. I run a similar club at my school and also took a multi-decade hiatus before jumping back into 5e! \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jun 9 '16 at 17:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.se! Take a look at the tour; it's a useful introduction to the site. Idea-generation questions don't really work in the Stack Exchange site format. As a rule they result in a list of ideas with no obvious way for voters to tell which answers are better than others. This would need to be revised to be about solving a specific concrete problem to be answerable in our Q&A site format. Otherwise, you may just actually want an RPG discussion forum instead of a Stack. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Jun 9 '16 at 17:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ One of the venues you'd find if you followed @SSD's link to forums would be Role-playing Games Chat--you can come by any time and once you've got 20 reputation you'll be able to join in the conversation. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jun 9 '16 at 17:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie. yup. sorry. I use stack overflow extensively so I should have known better. My bad. Thanks for the informed response. \$\endgroup\$ – ekendra Jun 9 '16 at 18:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 I popped over but not enough rep to participate. oh well. Someone love me or something so I can transcend these confines. \$\endgroup\$ – ekendra Jun 9 '16 at 18:34