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Can a new player join a group only when a new campaign starts?

Is it possible to join an existing game? Yes ... but ... ... there appears to be a small group dynamics issue that needs to be addressed. (More on that at the end). Joining a campaign that is in ...
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How to handle a troublesome player even before the game starts

Have I done something wrong? No but you do have a clash of styles with that particular player. Essentially you are providing and requiring pre-gen characters: some players will be fine with this and ...
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How do I find a friendly, inclusive roleplay group online?

To set the stage here, I really wish I could say "Oh, it'll be easy, because almost all gaming groups are friendly and inclusive!" Sadly, that is not the case, which is why I'm not going to ...
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In session 0, how can I indicate that I'm not interested in a heavily optimized game without denigrating it as a play style?

Min-Maxers always have a plan. So find out everyone's plans. Hi, I'm Thomas, and I'm a min-maxer. And I have played with a lot of min-maxers. If there is one thing that could tip you off to a min-...
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How to handle a troublesome player even before the game starts

It's your game, if the player doesn't like it, he/she has a choice not to join It's as simple as that, especially in an online game, looking for players among strangers. (It gets considerably more ...
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In session 0, how can I indicate that I'm not interested in a heavily optimized game without denigrating it as a play style?

“What sort of playstyle is preferred at this table”? - This is a simple question, neutral sounding, not loaded in any direction and allows you to find out the table’s preferences before you share your ...
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How do I find a friendly, inclusive roleplay group online?

The Gaymers Subredit Check out the Gaymers subredit. There are several subredits there that may be of interest, such as the roll20LFG subredit. My Two Cents In general, you would want to go to ...
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In session 0, how can I indicate that I'm not interested in a heavily optimized game without denigrating it as a play style?

Session zero is quite late to find out Session zero itself may already be a bit late. If you can talk with the other players before such a kick-off session in the game store, do it, and listen to how ...
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In session 0, how can I indicate that I'm not interested in a heavily optimized game without denigrating it as a play style?

I am unsure of the general applicability of this, but it is my own experience. For simplicity, I'll describe my group as two min-maxers and two role-players. Prior to session 0, my group had set up a ...
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Can a new player join a group only when a new campaign starts?

I very much concur with what you will find in the other answers, but I think there are a couple points worth addressing or emphasizing as well as a need to answer the precise question. Yes, it is ...
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In session 0, how can I indicate that I'm not interested in a heavily optimized game without denigrating it as a play style?

Discuss When Assembling the Game, if Possible As a DM/GM/ST, I make one thing clear to my players: Make sane characters and you get sane encounters. I expound on this by saying if they don't munchkin ...
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How do I find playtesters?

You need to start marketing your game now, and I don't mean full color ads or quoting print runs. You got to get people talking and engaged with your game. Fortunately, the internet is your friend. ...
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Can a new player join a group only when a new campaign starts?

The old-school response would be "of course not; join any time". The idea being that D&D is an entertainment hobby, and players may drop in and out at any time as per their availability, and the ...
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How to handle a troublesome player even before the game starts

Your game would not be my cup of tea, due to pre-generated characters. (And also my lack of knowledge of ASOFAI.) Many players take great joy in creating characters and/or their character backgrounds....
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How can I play D&D as a 13 year old

Here's some general advice, some of it may not apply well to your situation, but it's food for thought. Since you mentioned you're only 13, it goes without saying that you should make sure your ...
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How can I find online playtesting groups to playtest my game?

I would say take a look at online gaming pages. Most of them have the ability for you to mark it as a custom system, and then put that it's a playtest either in the title or the body. Or they have a ...
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How can I find other RPG players?

Take the Lead Be prepared to be the game master/leader/whatever. Download a couple of free rulesets ("Basic Rules" or "QuickStart Rules") - the legit versions, of course! - and get some idea of how ...
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In session 0, how can I indicate that I'm not interested in a heavily optimized game without denigrating it as a play style?

What systems have you played, and what did you like about them? This is a good question to open with for a number of reasons, but the two important ones are that it's inoffensive, and the answer is ...
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How can I find other RPG players?

For those who want to do online play only, you can jump into a campaign immediately using a platform like fantasygrounds.com, where there are always tons of ongoing online games and a schedule for ...
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How to handle a troublesome player even before the game starts

As your game resume says, on September 16 your players will choose between character sheets you made. Not being a native speaker, you lack the specific terminology that would have made the message ...
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How to find a tabletop RPG group open to newbies in France?

"Le dé à une face" was recommended by a fellow online player (I'm from Paris, so I wouldn't know), I found their address here: https://www.gralon.net/mairies-france/haute-garonne/associations-tag-jeu-...
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How can I find online playtesting groups to playtest my game?

TLDR RPG Playtest / Design Discord Servers RPG Discord Server LFG Channels Reddit /r/LFG Roll20 LFG Forums Fantasy Grounds LFG Forums LFG Subforums RPG discussion boards (GitP, EnWorld, Etc) ...
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In session 0, how can I indicate that I'm not interested in a heavily optimized game without denigrating it as a play style?

Ask if min-max discussions can be restricted to specific times. I was going to let the already-excellent answers stand, but something CabinetCat said in the comments sparked an idea, so I'll share it. ...
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How can I find other RPG players?

Facebook also has local gaming/meetup groups in a lot of different cities - I run one for Montreal and Eastern Canada, both places are frequent destinations for players seeking a group to join, or ...
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How can I find other RPG players?

I know this is an older question, but I thought I'd point out that D&D Beyond has a few suggestions: Ask Your Friends Find a Group in Your Local Gaming Store - wizards.com has an event finder for ...
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How can I play D&D as a 13 year old

I'm thirteen as well and have also been homeschooled, and also love dungeons and dragons! I would say you should find somewhere like a community center that you could have the game at, or possibly you ...
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How to handle a troublesome player even before the game starts

Addressing his points as phrased: It defeats the point of Roleplaying if you don't get to be who you want No, no it doesn't. Constraints breed creativity. In fact, here's a quote from an absurdly ...
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How to handle a troublesome player even before the game starts

This looks to me as if you have quite different expectations for the game than that player. That is ok and valid. In RPGs, there is no absolute right or wrong way of doing things, and as long as you ...
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How can I find online playtesting groups to playtest my game?

TLDR Forums and Question/Answer sites might be your widest net option. A new app called GameFor may be what you are looking for as well. Local gaming stores can offer some great possibilities. Keep ...
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