GETTING STARTEd with roleplaying
We are going to assume that you are completely new to the world of Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder and/or tabletop roleplaying in general.
1. Choose your system
Do a little investigating and decide on which system and variation of that system you want to play. I recommend Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition for beginners. Pathfinder is a great system and many players might argue over versions of D&D. 5th Edition has been simplified and without adding to much to it, should be great for the beginner.
2. Jump in or start off light
Being a novice, I opted to invest my money in the books and dive right in. Both, Pathfinder and D&D offer a box set that comes with the basics to get you started and wet your appetite. Either way, you’ll get the rules you need to get started and get your adventure rolling.
3. Pick your group wisely
It is generally best to start with friends, however, you also want to find people who are interested in playing. Playing with acquaintances who are interested, experienced or not, may be better than playing with a friend that isn’t really interested in role playing. You don’t need a large group to play, and honestly, it might be better to start with just two or three friends. Simplicity!
Put in a bit of prep time and don’t rush things. If you have friends that play, ask if you can watch them play. This is one of the best ways, just remember to be respectful of their game and group. If not, watch a video or livestream of people playing. Critical Role is great for this, however there are many broadcasting their games these days. Flip through your books and dabble at creating your own character or adventure. Don’t worry, we’re going to provide resources.