Quarantined in your house? Working from home? Devoid of all human interaction?
Let’s play some RPGs!
Roleplaying Games are one of the greatest hobbies in the world, and they are super easy to run online. This makes them the perfect way to pass some time during a national lockdown: you get a fun adventure with an awesome story and a chance to hang out with friendly people, all from the comfort of your home. But not everyone has a group or a DM—and that’s where I come in. I’m a professional storyteller: a NYT-bestselling author, an award-winning podcaster, and a pro-level GM who runs games at home, at conventions, and on Twitch. And I want to run a game for you.
How does this work? Easy.
Step One: Send me an email with “RPG Lockdown with [your name]” as the subject line, and tell me what you’re looking for:
- What game do you want to play? I own dozens, and I’ve included at the bottom of this page a list of the ones I most recommend. Want to play something that’s not on my list? Suggest it anyway, and we’ll see what we can do.
- How often do you want to play? A single session or a full campaign? Once a week, twice a week, or a daily marathon? Let’s do this.
- When are you available? I would ideally like to schedule these during the day, in a two- or three-hour block sometime between 11am and 5pm, but I’m flexible.
- Who do you want to play with? Do you have a group of like-minded friends already lined up? Do you want me to build a group for you? I can work with anything.
Step Two: I’ll work with you to finalize a game, a group, and a time. We’ll coordinate with the entire group to find a plan that works for everybody.
Step Three: Shoot me some money on Venmo. My standard rate is $20 per person per hour, but if you want something super complicated that might fluctuate. It’s a little more than a movie, and a little less than a concert, and it’s packed with entertainment value. Plus you get a “Session Zero” for free: that’s when we get together, make characters, and plan the campaign.
Step Four: At the arranged time I’ll send out a Zoom link, and we’ll gather in a video conferencing room. You bring the snacks, I’ll bring the story, and we’ll have an awesome time.
Sound like fun? Have any questions? Send me an email and let’s talk about it.
Games I recommend:
Dungeons & Dragons (Eberron, Ravnica, or the Forgotten Realms)
Star Trek Adventures
The One Ring
Vampire: The Masquerade
Legend of the Five Rings
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
Infinity (cyberpunk space opera)
Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of
…and many more—just ask!
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The third installment in the Zero G series by Dan Wells. Zero, Nyx, and the other Pathfinder colonists have adjusted to life on Kaguya. But Earth has built much faster starships-the Dreamcatcher arrives 10 years early, and the Stargazer arrives so early it actually got there before the Pathfinder did! Now the Stargazer is a lost shipwreck, and the race is on to find it, and who should show up looking for it but Nyx’s dangerous family: Big Mama, Jim, and Kratt. Nyx and Zero will face kidnappers, pirates, shipwrecks, warlords, dragons, and maybe a new ally or two on their way to save the day once again. Full cast of narrators includes Jonathan Davis, Houston Mahoney, Kathryn Grody, and Mark Sanderlin. ©2020 Dan Wells (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.
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