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Sometimes I have trouble getting my mind prepped for a session. I forget a book, need an encounter, or the players go so far afield I need to work something up from whole cloth. And I often got questions on my old account of, well, how the heck do you play or run RPGs? I ask myself the same question some hazy weekend mornings as I slog out of bed, make coffee, and get ready for a 14 hour, 3 campaign set of quests.
So I do what anyone should do here... I cheat. Brutally. The Internet is chock full of people who have had similar issues and found solutions to them, so we can ruthlessly crib their work and get away with it.
Sometimes I am away from the lending library or my own personal library. Thus, I carry around a mini library on an iPad (and have 3 mini libraries setup on Kindle Fire HDs for the lenders). I find PDFs to be a super useful way to lug a hundred pounds worth of text in a nice compact carrier. Thetrove is filled to the brim with books for any taste, and you can get a copy of something you own pretty readily there.
I would never recommend that you use this site except for for books you legally own. However, if you wanted to check out books, in theory, you'd have an opportunity to see pretty much every RPG book that was made for a major system by major publishers in the last 40 years.
Donjon has been around for approaching decades. They're my go-to for randomly generated characters, and I usually keep 5-6 pages of each class on hand to just have them ready and prepped to fill in if PCs get stabby. Their dungeon creator is also pretty amazing, and they have magic item shops, merchants, and a lot of other generators for your every whim.
Unfortunately, their city generator isn't my favorite...
Thats why I use this one. Built from the ground up, this thing is a beast and will take awhile to populate but when it does? It's incredible. I can make a city with 1000 interactive fiddly bits in a matter of minutes. The best part is that there's also an option to generate based on premade maps. Have a cool RPG map? Count the buildings, say what you want, and boom! You're done!
Roll20 is great for managing a game where you're all over the world. You can superimpose maps, use minis, even use voice to communicate back and forth. There are many different programs around to do voice-changers and add music so really Roll20 becomes what you put into it.
I find Meetup is a great site in the US, and have been told it's pretty decent in the EU? The groups who use it are local, established, and gnashing at the bit to have new members. The subreddit r/lfg is also a pretty good resource (I've picked up players there a few times in different states), and can be used for offline AND online games.
Alright Monster Squad. You are now prepared for whatever may face you out in the wilderness of roleplaying game land. It's a jungle out there so always remember to bring your 10 foot pole, chalk, and a buddy you don't mind dying to a trap. Good luck, and good gaming!
tl;dr: Memes to direct you to RPG resources.
FP edit: Yay people love RPGs. And I'm glad I can help you guys. This is the lending library guy so if we were communicating in the past reach out! Also, we're moving to new digs so I'll keep you posted on everything going on as it goes. Stay safe!
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