Descent into Avernus: Season 9 of Adventurer’s League begins September 23rd!

This is the perfect time to join Adventurer’s League. The new Season 9 Book, Descent into Avernus released earlier this week and GMs are running character creation for the new season!

Christine and David are running new character creation on Monday and David is starting the new adventure with new PCs on Thursdays. Steve is running the new Essentials Adventure on Friday night. Plus John Roberts has a table open on Mondays as well.

Plus other cool adventures are continuing — not everyone is winding down their current adventures yet!

On Wednesdays JJ will begin the new book with new characters in early October.

For more on the new adventure and Season 9, check out the Fresno Adventurer’s League page here — and the Adventurer’s League Organizer’s page below.

Returning to Roleplaying

If you roleplayed before–long ago, or just a few years back–and are wondering about getting back into roleplaying, here’s a quick “how to roleplay again” based on a question written to the store.

The new edition of D&D has been luring a lot of people who haven’t played D&D in a long time back into active gaming–often sharing it with their children, family, and friends. It consciously incorporated elements to be familiar to 1e and 2e players in its design.

At our store, D&D meets on Wednesday nights at 6 pm for D&D Encounters. This season, the heroes began as prisoners of the drow and are fleeing through the underdark. We also meet on alternating Saturdays at 4 pm for Adventurer’s League. That’s a series of 4 to 5 hour long self-contained adventures, where you use the same character each time (carrying experience and treasure over) but get grouped with different people each adventure.

Both Expeditions (Saturdays) and Encounters (Wednesdays) are run on a drop in basis–show up when you can and try it out–you’re not committing to a multi-year campaign. Many players have found other players via these organized play games and continued on to build a home group that meets on a schedule that works for them.

To play, you need only to show up with a pencil and some dice. (You can often borrow dice from fellow players; we usually have spares.) I suggest using a pregenerated character for the first time to get a feel for the game and how it plays before spending hours reading the rulebook. Unless you’re a reader, in which case, the Player’s Handbook is the way to go.

If you have a group of players in mind already (like family or friends) and don’t want to play in public, the D&D Starter Set does a good job of introducing the rules and provides a pretty good adventure for whoever chooses to DM.

Welcome back to roleplaying!

If you’re worried about fitting in at the table or being able to purchase the books, here’s Jennifer’s take:
We encourage new players, so the tables should be nice and welcoming. If anyone isn’t welcoming, feel free to mention it to staff so we can address it quickly.

We’ve got a good selection of dice and all the new D&D books. Our RPG section is pretty deep, with D&D, Pathfinder and dozens of independent titles.

Out of the Abyss, Encounters Season 3 starts September 9th

The next D&D Encounters adventure, Out of the Abyss, kicks off the Rise of Demons storyline. Next Wednesday (September 9th) we’ll gather at 6 pm to make new first level characters and swap stories. The following week, the adventure begins!

We’ll have all of the materials players need, including character sheets and a copy of the Adventurer’s League rules. If everyone bring their Player’s Handbooks, character generation will be a little faster; it’s hard to look up spells while others are selecting their equipment.

If you would like to DM this upcoming season of D&D Encounters, thank you! Send an email to scott [at] or comment here and we’ll get you the adventure so you’ll have plenty of time to prep.

I hope you’re all looking forward to the new season!

Crazy Squirrel Minicon: June 20, 2015

It’s time to get pumped for this year’s roleplaying minicon! Coinciding with Free RPG Day as normal, we’re excited to see what games you want to run.

This year we’re going for a more relaxed schedule, including 5 hour slots. On Saturday, games run from 10 am to 3 pm, with a second slot running from 4 pm to 9 pm. Sunday’s roleplaying is a single slot from 1 pm to 6 pm. Admission is free as always, and everyone gets a pick of the Free RPG day loot.

We’re running game signups from now through May 28th. To run a game, just fill out this simple, familiar form. Without you, GMs, we don’t have a con. Thanks!