Starting Up

In order to really dive in to the hobby of roleplaying, you need to acquire and decide a few things. Remember that RPGs are a group-oriented hobby, so be sure to involve your group in the decision process.


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Equipment

A bag of polyhedral dice

There are a few things you need for mostly any RPG. However, one of the best parts of the hobby is you can really decide how much you want to spend. If you are willing, you can easily spend close to nothing to begin your RPG odyssey.


However, if you want to purchase your items, there are shops to do it. Most comic book stores will have some RPG items in stock, and there are some stores that sell exclusively RPGs. Just run something like "Gaming stores in[insert your area here] through your search engine of choice, and you will find results.


The items you need are as follows:



Those are the basics, but some games may require things such as playing cards, miniatures to represent your characters, poker chips or various other things. These will vary between games, but all are easy to obtain.


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Getting a Group Together

Sometimes, finding the right group to play with is difficult. Different people have different tastes and preferences, and it may take a while to find a group that works well with you. What follows are some tips on finding your future adventuring friends.

A group of people play D&D 4th edition.


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Game Types

The type of game you play is actually very different from the genre of game you play. For example, a scientific journal, a magazine and a newspaper are all printed, information-based media, but they are also different from each others. They all inform you about different things and they deliver that each in a unique way. The three overall "types" of RPGs function about the same way, but keep in mind that there are always exceptions to these rules.

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Game Genres

RPGs have multiple genres, just like movies, books or video games. There is a taste for everyone, and below are a few of the major examples, both in terms of genre and game examples.



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