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Old Nov 18th, 2010, 11:43 AM
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Hello all. I started playing D&D with the "Red Box" back in the early 80's, but haven't done PnP since (mostly crpgs). I have been trying to get back into it but I'm having trouble finding a group in my area. Thought I might try out PbP to get reacquainted with D&D (4e or 3.5).
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EngrInAZ, my name is Toad` (some call me Grave) and I have been unofficially dubbed the Official Newb Greeter. Seeing as how you are new to the site....

Welcome to DnDOG! I hope you find your stay enjoyable. To help you avoid any confusion and to encourage your stay here, I present Ask Toad`! "The definitive source for all your DnDOG Frequently Asked Questions."


1) Regardless of which "Skin" you have chosen, there is a link at the top of the page to Site Rules and Help. If you can't find it, here's a handy link to it.

2) The people with red names are site staff; bold are Admins, the rest are Moderators. If you are having a problem, try to contact one of them. The green names are Community Supporters (CS). They are just like regular members but get a green user title, a larger mailbox, get priority consideration for the New Player Solo Games (see below), and a few other benefits that aren't all that important for now. You may have noticed that your username is in Yellow, this is because you are a brand new member and have been labeled (and restricted) accordingly. Our efforts to maintain a spam-free environment for gaming are one of the reasons we have done this. All you need to do is make 4 posts that count towards your post count, wait for your join date to be 48 hours in the past, and your member name will change to Blue and you will gain all the privileges of a 'regular' member. You can read more about all that here.
 



3) While mainly a site for Dungeons and Dragons, hence the moniker DND Online Games (DnDOG to most), just about any role playing game system can be played here. Some people have even played board games on this site.

4) Again, this site is primarily for Dungeons and Dragons (see #3 above). Most played is the 3.5 edition and transitions to 4.0. Others as far back to 2e have been known to be played as well. If you do not have access to 3.5e books, there is a handy System Reference Document available under the tools section at the top of the screen, or you can follow this link.
DnDOG also has a d20 Modern SRD found with the 3.5 one above, or click this link.
DnDOG does not currently have a SRD for 4.0, but there is one from Wizards Site. Follow this link to the D&D Compendium.

5) If you still have issues with the site after this, you can get technical help here, and if you have questions about the game rules, you can get those answered here.

6) If you're new to D&D, or just new to Play by Post (PbP), then you can get your feet wet with some experienced members of the site. Go here to sign up for a quick sample game*, and go here to see some sample character builds. As stated above, if you decide to subscribe as a Community Supporter you will be given priority consideration (moved to first in line) for one of these 'newbie' games.
 


7) Spell Check, Spell Check, Spell Check. I suggest you get a Spell Checker for your browser. Mozilla has a nice built in one. As the site is primarily driven by descriptions it helps to make sure you have your posts written so others can understand them. 1337 (LEET) speak is not tolerated. I personally over look the occasional spelling/grammar error as everyone makes them.. Others are not as forgiving and frequent errors/mistakes can irritate others very much. It can make the difference of getting accepted in a game or not, so try to put a little effort in.

8) Dice Roller. We have one of those. Information can be found in the help section mentioned above, and specifically at this link. Do NOT edit a post after you made a roll. No one can verify the integrity of the roll and most will consider the roll invalid, and even perhaps cheated. To play with the dice roller, and test any other tags you may be interested in, check out this thread.

9) Are you ready for a real game...? Well now that you know how the site works, I suggest you come up with a couple character concepts. Concepts that are vague and can be easily adapted. Once you have that done, navigate to the DMs Seeking Players thread. Find a game you like and modify one of your concepts and submit an application.

10) Want to interact with your fellow players? Discuss the events of the world? Come to the General Discussion Threads. It's a great place to start getting to know your fellow players, and get some name recognition while you're at it.

11) Sort of a pet peeve of mine, and maybe others too, are people new to the site that don't read the site rules. These people tend to:
  1. break said rules,
  2. become quite annoying to the site regulars,
  3. end up not getting socially accepted,
  4. end up not accepted into as many games as one normally would,
  5. using the excuse "I didn't know that was a rule..."
In basics... my advice is to read as much information as you can before you go hog wild posting. In even more basics: RTM

12) If you have further questions, ask me at my Grave's Grievances thread.

--Grave

The above was mostly stolen from Jondera/Em and from where ever they copied their stuff from, though it was seasoned with a little Toad`age.
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Old Nov 18th, 2010, 05:28 PM
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Hola, newbie, site member

glad to be among the first to welcome you (Back); with this never copied and pasted Greeting.

Anyway, If your looking to learn the ropes of D&D in a group setting or just to get your feet wet in the forums why not try out:

The Quest For Rent Money! (<---Link)

 

It's a short lighthearted 3.5e adventure designed to help new player integrate into the site and the game.

Welcome to the site. Peace, Love, and Gaming
-Jagg
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