h3. *How to Find a Game to Join Here at the Obsidian Portal*
So you just created an account at the Portal and are wondering, "Now What? How do I find a campaign to join?" Well here are a few tips to help you along. The Portal is home to a host of different RPG campaign sites. Some of these campaigns are played the old fashioned table-top way, in person. Others are online and play-by-post (PbP) games. If you are looking to join a traditional style campaign that meets in your area, here's what you should do. First, you can actively look for campaigns that play in your area by going to the "Games Nearby":http://www.obsidianportal.com/map tab of the Obsidian Portal Homepage. Select the "Looking for Players only" box to filter out campaigns that are full up. Now just browse through the various campaigns in your area (click on the little red markers and a text bubble will appear with a link to each corresponding site), and contact the GM's of any campaigns that you are interested in joining (click the "Want to join?" button located on the right hand of the screen, just below the Party). Second, by creating an account at "Pen & Paper Games":http://www.penandpapergames.com/ (under the "Players" tab), you can be notified whenever any Obsidian Portal games (and non-Portal games) in your area start looking for new players. Third, you can always check out the classified adds posted here.
If you are looking to join an online or PbP game, Kenurion has created a site to serve as a "Compendium of PbP and Online Campaigns":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/compendium-of-pbp-on-line-campaigns looking for players here at the Portal. new campaigns are added to this list periodically. Likewise, you can also check out the classifieds adds posted here.
h3. *How to Find New Players for Your Campaign*
Need more players but don't know how to find them? Here are some tips. First, the Obsidian Portal has a built in method for looking for players. The Portal has teamed up with Pen & Paper Games, combining their player registry with the Portal's list of campaigns looking for players. Players looking for campaigns will be contacted whenever a new Obsidian Portal campaign in their area is looking for players. To have your campaign added to this list, here's what you need to do: make sure that in your campaign settings you have entered in the location info for where your campaign meets, that you've selected the "Publish" box, and that you've selected the "Looking for Players" box. Don't worry, no personal info (e.g. emails or passwords) will be shared, just campaign data. Second, if your campaign is an online or PbP game, you can always add your campaign to Kenurion's "Compendium of PbP and Online Campaigns":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/compendium-of-pbp-on-line-campaigns. Finally, you can start a discussion advertising your campaign right here in the classifieds section of the forums. If you do so however, please be sure to adhere to the Classifieds Guidelines listed below.
h3. *Guidelines for Posting a Classifieds Add*
# Make sure that your add adheres to the "Forum Etiquette Guidelines":http://forums.obsidianportal.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=1425&page=1#Item_3
# Advertisements to Commercial sites are strongly discouraged and may be removed at the discretion of a moderator.
# _When posting an add looking for players, please include the following information:_
* The name of your campaign;
* A Link to your campaign;
* A brief description of your campaign and what rules system is being used;
* Whether your campaign is an online/PbP game or a traditional campaign, and if the latter, the general location of where your campaign meets;
* Anything else you feel is relevant (e.g. what specific classes your party is looking for).
* Please do _NOT_ include your personal contact info. These are public forums, personal info is best given out via the Portal's private message system.
* Finally, adds will be removed after about 2 month's time. However if you find players before then, please edit your add to read [CLOSED] (under the "Enter your discussion topic" field).
Thanks and happy hunting!