Petrina Ho is a community champion of Singapore’s growing D&D Adventurers League scene. A Dungeon Master, event organizer, photographer, and community leader of local group DDALSG, Petrina helps game stores across the country start flourishing AL game nights, supports conventions like Singapore’s annual RPG Day, and organizes seminars and workshops to train Dungeon Masters and educate players on all things D&D.
In Petrina’s own words, her group of AL organizers is “not the first, not the best, not the largest, not the smallest… but I’d say we are the most organized in getting the community together.” She shared some of her top tips for building a tight-knit local community from the ground up.
Throw an Open House. Petrina says some of her local game stores were hesitant to offer regular Adventurers League events although they already hosted Magic events. To test the waters, Petrina organized outreach open houses to welcome players of all experience levels, including those totally new to D&D. The all-day events featured tables running one-hour mini adventures (e.g. the first DDAL/DDEX modules of each season, In Volo’s Wake, etc.) to give newcomers a taste of the game. The newbie-friendly event has helped Singapore game stores establish a core group of tables to seed regular events.
Create a Friendly, Welcoming Space. Everyone involved in your regular AL events – from the players to the DMs to the store employees who host you – are not just allies in game but friends “IRL.” To enrich your community, Petrina recommends getting to know the people with whom you game. Be friendly. Be engaging. Be patient and kind. Hold yourself to a higher standard and the Code of Conduct to ensure everyone feels welcome no matter their background.
Find Your Community Champions. Some individuals can’t help but be enthusiastic, effervescent, and friendly, and their excitement will rally people around the hobby. Petrina points out that “Community Champions” don’t have to be the head organizers of your local group. Dungeon Masters, players, anybody who is happy and willing to answer newcomers’ questions… Those Community Champions will put your community’s best foot forward and help it grow.
Harness the Virtual Community. Petrina recommends taking advantage of online platforms to continue the excitement of the game between sessions. Social media platforms like Facebook and Discord groups allow Petrina’s community to chat about their games, ask each other questions, clarify D&D rulings, and continue building friendships. She adds that players and Dungeon Masters being able to chat outside of the game makes everything feel more personal, welcoming, and friendly.
Convert Curious Players into DMs. Petrina gets to know her players, listens to their questions, and mentors them to become Dungeon Masters… who then mentor the next “generation” of DMs. When players ask her questions about a session such as “That was a tough session! How did you manage combat?”, Petrina explains her approach to DMing, shows stat blocks after the game, and explains her roleplay considerations too. “By having those discussions with them, you already have them thinking as a DM,” Petrina says. “They become more invested in the story and narrative once they know more, and then you have them hook, line, and sinker already.”As next steps, Petrina offers for players to co-DM with her or join one of Singapore’s Dungeon Master workshops.
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