Whether you are an old-timer to the RPG arena who moved into a new area or a newbie who wants to try their hand at the game, finding a local group can be difficult.
Here are a few tips to finding a group near you:
1) Gaming Stores: Visit nearby gaming stores and speak to the guy behind the counter. The employees of gaming stores are usually avid gamers and might know of someone who is looking for a new member. Many times, the store will host games to get people into the store to make purchases. Most stores have a bulletin board where you can post an ad.
2) Google Search: Google is a great tool to use when searching for anything you may want, including a gaming group. Google needs keywords to search by. When looking for a gaming group in your area, it's best to enter the name of the gaming system and your city. You may have to search in surrounding cities or regions to find what you are looking for. When looking at the results, do not just dismiss them quickly and go on to the next site. Look for links to other groups or regional guilds. Using this method may feel like you are chasing the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland but most time, it is the most rewarding.
3) Online forums: Many of the gaming systems have forums or discussion boards on their website where gamers can discuss the ins and outs of the game. Most have an area where you can post a "looking for a group" post. Check back often; you never know when someone in your area might answer you or post an ad too.
4) Craig's List: If you are lucky, you live in an area that is part of Craig's List. You can post an ad and browse free. Make sure to list what gaming systems you are interested in and what days you are available to game.
5) Meetup.com: Known as the "world's largest community of local meet-ups, clubs and groups", this site hosts online space for local groups to schedule in-person meetings and discuss matters. It is a great place to find a local group or club. You can search for the gaming system in your area. If you do not find one, you might want to think about starting your own, for a small fee.
6) Networking: talk to other people in person or online. Let it be known that you are looking for a gaming group. You would be surprised who knows who and how widespread and diversified gamers are.