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Stephen Gassett
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I'm seeking advice on how best to go about forming a new gaming group. I already attend meetings of a couple groups fairly close to where I live (Fort Worth, TX), but have trouble getting games that are either fantasy-related (in one), or of any length or complexity (in the other) to the table. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Start a meetup.com group with a description that matches what you want and see who joins?
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I do what I refer to as "Private Auditions", which is not as bad as it sounds. gulp

Before asking any one person to join a group I'm in, I first get together with them a few times one-on-one and play a few games with them. Once or twice publicly, and then once or twice at one of our personal residences. This gives me a chance to get to know them in general, and find out whether they would be a good fit. Really, what I'm mostly looking for is...

1. Do they ever smell?

2. Do they have good sportsmanship?

3. Can they handle the more complex games?

4. Do they have some strange behavior that I never noticed before or somehow missed?

5. How will they treat the games physically?
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I care about:

1. Hygiene (of course, always a concern among our hobby, sadly)
2. Good sportsmanship
3. Fun to be around or at least friendly and decent
4. Willing to try a variety of games but also stick with one or two of them if we really like it.
5. No unduly weird behavior issues - everyone has quirks but some of the extreme ones can be rather difficult to deal with
6. Relatively loyal and interested in playing games on a semi-regular basis.

Those are my primary requirements - most are the same as Fizzgig's.
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Stephen Gassett
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Agree with all these points - the hardest thing about our hobby is dealing with the personalities/egos. laugh
 
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Paul Jimenez
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I can recommend http://russcon.org/RussCon/startinggroup.html
 
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