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#45367
DMing Advice: Gaming for 2 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
Hi All,

I'm new to the forum - I read about DF for years and last fall finally took the plunge. I actually don't have a whole lot in the way of roleplaying experience: I grew up always interested in fantasy/sci-fi, reading novels in the genre, and playing some HeroQuest and that style of game but never got into D&D or any of the more "serious" d20 roleplaying. Fast forward a few decades and I'm married with a wife who is similarly a geek :)

So last year with no real knowledge or experience we decided that it would be fun to try D&D with me DMing and her playing a character. I got the books, we read them and gave it a go for some weekly sessions. We both had a really good time (albeit with a learning curve), the Dwarven Forge along with dungeon tiles really added to the experience. With the holidays and some other things going on in life we went on hiatus and we're looking to restart.

The feedback I got on our previous adventures was generally positive but my wife asked that we work on increasing the roleplaying and moving away from a predetermined/scripted feel (journey->fight monster->fight bigger monster). I'm curious if anyone out there has experience/advice for gaming with one player? Thanks in advance.

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#45371
Re:DMing Advice: Gaming for 2 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
Gaming with one player is a challenge but it is doable. Since you recently got your books etc, I assume you are playing 4th edition? Personally I have no experience with that system so my comments may have to be tweaked a bit as I think mostly 3.5 and Pathfinder these days. With that in mind, here are some thoughts:

A character with a wider skill set and some healing capability seems to be the way to go. Maybe a multiclassed bard/rogue or bard/ranger. If you check out pathfinder, there are various class archetypes that bend the core classes a bit. Urban ranger, archaeologist bard, etc.

You could also give her henchman. Gygax ran Rob Kuntz solo all the time, cuz Robilar had his trusty henchmen and hirelings to assist him.

Check out this for some ideas as well. It is designed for 3.5 but could give you lots of ideas.
rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_reviews_info.php?&reviews_id=23575&products_id=64278
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#45372
Re:DMing Advice: Gaming for 2 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
I would have recommended this:

Pathfinder Beginner Box

I second the idea of a henchman. You could control the henchman to make her feel like he is an individual that might help her but he might not - you could work that into the story, maybe even make him comedic relief. With new players it is difficult to get them to role play. I would watch a couple of games on youtube with her so you both get the feel of how its done. I DMd a campaign for a group of all new players, after they got the basics down I twisted the adventure into a murder mystery that they were caught in the center of. For some reason that got them hooked and they wanted to find the killer to clear their names...it ended up being a great series of games.

As much as I loathe alignments, picking an alignment and acting accordingly can really help a new player.
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#45375
Re:DMing Advice: Gaming for 2 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
You might not like my advice but I think your best approach to have a better D&D playing experience is actually to recruit more players! I know you are new to this game and you probably do not know any other person playing D&D. Just invite a close friend for a single playing session. No need that he/she knows the rules... Just give her/him control of a simple character already created (like a fighter) with a personality that would be fun playing (something like a dumb brute with a huge mace that likes flowers very much...) and see what happens. I believe most new D&D players play with the rules too much in mind while the role-playing part of this game is where lies most of the fun. Having more then one player sparks many role-playing opportunities as not all characters have the same motivations (different alignment being the classic...).
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Re:DMing Advice: Gaming for 2 2 Years, 6 Months ago  
A great way to find players is to look on www.meetup.com/ This is a website that's very popular for people looking for specific hobbies. Just type into the search box "roleplaying" (without the quotes). i started a group in a rural area and after three years we now have 145 members on Meetup.com. I will bet there is a group of gamers some where near you!
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