Dungeons and Dragons has been around since the early 1970s, but it’s recently been experiencing a increase in popularity due to shows like “Stranger Things” and “The Big Bang Theory” using the game on their shows. Also adding to the list of growing fans to the hobby is the popular internet show, “Critical Role,” where a team of voice actors lead by the ever popular Matthew Mercer as Dungeon Master take fans on a journey through a variety of adventures. (Note: If you are just viewing this article to find out how to join a class, scroll down to just below the FGC Shield logo for that information.) Pen and Paper was the method used in the beginning What was once a game of pen and paper has developed into a game where you can play with others that may live halfway across the world from where you are. This is done through the magic of a program called a VTT, or virtual tabletop. Original games were held around tables, sometimes in a friend’s basement, and supplemented with small figurines (miniatures) to represent both the players and the monsters that they would fight. Other times, if money was scarce, coins or other small objects were used instead of minis, and placed on maps hand-drawn on graph paper, to show where the various players and NPCs (non-player characters) were located in a room, dungeon, or even outdoors in the game. Dice rolls are made for just about everything Dice were rolled to determine movement, attacks, damage, and just about everything else in the game. And the Dungeon Master would put up a screen of sorts so that his or her rolls could not be seen by the other players at the table. Even though people still play person to person, we at Fantasy Grounds College choose to use the Fantasy Grounds Virtual Table Top to play online with others, growing as players, finding new friends, and sharing our knowledge of the game and the program. FGC is here to help you learn to use Fantasy Grounds to play If you would like to check out Fantasy Grounds and learn how to make your first character to be used in a short game (one-shot), we are here to help you meet that goal. Here is all you’ll need to do.
Visit the Fantasy Grounds College Discord at: https://discord.gg/Ew6nYyw
When you talk to someone on our Discord, tell them you’d like to take a class to learn how to create a character and play.
We will then direct you to our website, where you can register, which is the first step of joining a class (or a game). Register at: http://fantasygroundscollege.net/new-user-registration
Now, browse our Events calendar and find a class that works for your time zone. All our classes are listed in UTC 0 time zone. All of our posts include time zone conversion links to help you know what time the class or game is in your particular time zone.
Lastly, come back to our Discord server at least 30 minutes prior to the start of your class, where your instructor will ping you to let you know where the class will be held.
If for some reason, you can’t make it to your class, please do cancel your booking using the “My Bookings” link on our website. http://fantasygroundscollege.net/events/my-bookings/ You will find your events displayed in a column on the left. The status will say “Approved” and have a clickable link saying “Cancel” to the right. Click on that link to cancel the booking and leave room for another person to take the class or play in the game.
Meet other students. Maybe find other people that you’ll want to join a game with. Share your own knowledge, and maybe you may want to join our staff of volunteers to teach other students one day.
We at Fantasy Grounds College are fans of the Fantasy Grounds program, and advocate its use in playing D&D and other RPGs online. We are not affiliated or officially endorsed by SmiteWorks USA LLC or Fantasy Grounds.