Well, this was the week of weeks here. I finally took the plunge and got registered with the RPGA.
Much thanks goes out to G. Dustin Snyder (@WolfStar76) @newbiedm for their recent podcast that took me through the process step-by-step.
The secret to my success in actually getting a DCI number was bedding down with a public venue. I called and successfully booked a room with the local Lake Villa District Library. With that in hand I headed to the Wizards Play Network Site, punched in my info, and then sat back and waited for the confirmation. When it arrived about a day and a half later in my mailbox, I was off the the races.
The races, as they were, were a bit problematic. The DCI/RPGA site is FUBAR. I know there are a lot of users that are heavily invested in it, but come on guys. That things needs to get blown up and rebuilt from the ground up.
Regardless, I was able to sanction two of my upcoming games, one at the library and another of my monthly homebrew games. I'm very excited to be part of the community.
That being said, my new public venue is going to host a 2 hour session on Thursdays, one-offs all, that will allow new and old players alike to try out different classes and different characters each week. My only question is, how do I find new players? I've been to Meetup.com and signed up for a few communities there, I've been out on Twitter, I've been calling around to my geeky friends to spread the word. I plan to post a note at my FLGS as well. Any other ideas?
I'm taken aback at how fragmented the playing community is these days. It's almost as if you pull up a rock in some corner of the internet and 3 people crawl out. But nowhere is there a place to find all of the players out there. Perhaps that is because this forum is a kind of walled garden?
Lots of points of discussion here. I'm curious for your feedback, but I have to get back to work now.