Let us start with the bare minimums that you will need to play a game of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 since this is the game I play the most.
The very first thing you will need is someone to play with:
That means that you will at least need a Dungeon Master (DM for short, sometimes called a Game Master, or GM). You can find one of these at your local "geek club". In Tromsø, Norway you can find one by visiting the students club "Imladris" at the University of Tromsø. Likewise you should check with local groups and clubs that plays games of all kind if there is anyone that is willing to DM a game, or if there are any player groups you can join. You can also find an online DM or GM on forums and roleplaying groups. I have no experience with such groups, but I do know they are out there and I know Mr. K. often uses such forums to discuss rules and creation of spells etc. for our games.
Once you have found someone to run your game you will need someone to join your group as players. You should ask your friends that you know like the same things that you do. If you by chance do not have any friends that would like to join you in the adventure, then ask the DM if he has a group already, or if he know someone that are wanting to join. If you go by a group or club like Imladris then you can find sign up notes for groups, or you can ask if there are any plans for starting a new group, or if there is a spot open on one already.
The next thing you will need is dice.
Only one more essential, must have, item is left: The character sheet.
|The standard D&D 3.5 character sheet, front page.|
Most DM's I know provide their players with the character sheet, but ask just to be sure. There are also a lot of different sheets out there that you might prefer over the basic one, but remember to ask the DM if he has special "house rules" against non-standard character sheets (Mr. K. do).
Other things you will need when you start playing:
- Paper and pensil
- A Players Handbook (this is quite hard to get your hands on now, since the 3.5 books have been discontinued after the release of 4th edition). They are available digitally if you are willing to look a bit. You can also always borrow one. Our library has them, and the group Imladris do too. Check to make sure.
- Something to keep everything in. A folder for your papers and a box or bag for your dice.
That is all for now. It has been some years since I started out roleplaying, so I will probably add more info to this post as I remember more and Mr. K. and me discuss roleplaying with new group members.
Have a good adventure!