A List of Player Finders

DrFaust

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#1
One of the biggest hurdles to face-to-face roleplaying is finding other people to play with. You can post notices in your FLGS or other nerdly gathering spots, make friends at gaming conventions or even convert your non-roleplaying friends. Another option is the player finder.

A number of websites offer a sort of database that people can sign up for, noting their gaming interests and location in the world. They can come in pretty handy. I've met some nice folks through player finders.

Also, with the dawn of Google Maps and Frappr, it's become even easier to see who's living around the corner that you never knew about.

So, in order to foster the use of player finders, I've decided to compose a list. As I discover them, I will add more. Hopefully, others will contribute as well.

Searchable Databases
  • Access Denied -
    http://accessdenied.net/

    Access Denied allows users to list their interests in RPGs, board games, computer games and PBEM games and send messages to other users; other data includes availability and skill level.
  • BoardGameGeek.com -
    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/users.php

    BoardGameGeek.com has a player finder which uses both Google Maps and a database searchable by proximity to a ZIP code.
  • Nearby Gamers -
    http://nearbygamers.com

    Uses Google Maps and an editable tagging system to allow users to search by geographical proximity and topic of interest. Also has an internal messaging system and discussion board.
  • Nexus Registry, The -
    http://www.thenexusregistry.com/

    A searchable database of gamers all over the world that uses searching by text-match and categories.
  • Pen & Paper Games -
    http://www.penandpapergames.com

    Pen & Paper Games has a player registry as part of its forum. Users can search by geographical markers or proximity, as well as genres, whethey they play or GM and if they want players for their group, or to join a group themselves. Utilizes a Frappr-like navigable map.
  • RPG Registry -
    http://www.rpgregistry.com/

    Run by RPGObjects, RPG Registry allows users to search by and specify games of interest, levels of skill, location and times of availability. Also has an internal messaging system. Users' email addresses seem to be publicly available.
  • Steve Jackson Games Gamer and Store Finder -
    http://www.sjgames.com/gamerfinder/

    SJG's Gamer and Store Finder allows people to list their own locations and interests, as well as search by those criteria.
  • White Wolf Online -
    http://www.white-wolf.com/

    As part of a forum account, you can sign up for White Wolf's player finder. Users can specify where they live and what games they want to play. Searching is solely by location -- city, state/province or country.
  • WizKids Player Search -
    http://www.wizkidsgames.com/usersearch.asp

    WizKids' player search allows people to search for users who play any and all WizKids games in a particular region or worldwide, as well as approved playing venues.

Web Forae
  • Atomic Thinktank Player Locator Forum -
    http://www.atomicthinktank.com/index.php

    A subforum of the Atomic Thinktank for Mutants & Masterminds for GMs and players to post looking for their counterparts.
  • EN World Gamers Seeking Gamers Forum -
    http://www.enworld.org/

    EN World's forums include a section, entitled Gamers Seeking Gamers, for just that purpose. The search function does not appear to be enabled.
  • Hero Games Player Finder Forum -
    http://www.herogames.com/forums/

    Hero Games' forums include a Player Finder sub-forum, searchable by the built-in search function.
  • RPG.net Gamer Gatherings Forum -
    http://forum.rpg.net/

    RPG.net's forums include a Gamer Gathering sub-forum. This is not searchable by normal means.
  • Wizards of the Coast RPG Gamer Classifieds Forum -
    http://forums.gleemax.com/

    While Gleemax.com will eventually become a social networking site for gamers, Wizards of the Coast currently hosts a subforum in their message boards for roleplayers seeking games and players.

Other Online Resources
  • Meetup.com -
    http://www.meetup.com/

    Meetup.com is a website that helps people organize gatherings for every kind of interest. Many areas have at least one kind of roleplaying-related Meetup group going. The service charges a fee to its users.
 

DrFaust

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#2
I've added a note about Meetup.com's monthly fee and two more sites: Spielerz.com and RPGLibrary.org.

Searchable Databases
  • Access Denied -
    http://accessdenied.net/

    Access Denied allows users to list their interests in RPGs, board games, computer games and PBEM games and send messages to other users; other data includes availability and skill level.
  • BoardGameGeek.com -
    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/users.php

    BoardGameGeek.com has a player finder which uses both Google Maps and a database searchable by proximity to a ZIP code.
  • Nearby Gamers -
    http://nearbygamers.com

    Uses Google Maps and an editable tagging system to allow users to search by geographical proximity and topic of interest. Also has an internal messaging system and discussion board.
  • Pen & Paper Games -
    http://www.penandpapergames.com

    Pen & Paper Games has a player registry as part of its forum. Users can search by geographical markers or proximity, as well as genres, whethey they play or GM and if they want players for their group, or to join a group themselves. Utilizes a Frappr-like navigable map.
  • RPG Registry -
    http://www.rpgregistry.com/

    Run by RPGObjects, RPG Registry allows users to search by and specify games of interest, levels of skill, location and times of availability. Also has an internal messaging system. Users' email addresses seem to be publicly available.
  • Spielerz.com -
    http://www.spielerz.com/

    A site devoted to connecting players. Users can search by geography, distance from a postal code and type of games played -- RPG, board game, etc.
  • Steve Jackson Games Gamer and Store Finder -
    http://www.sjgames.com/gamerfinder/

    SJG's Gamer and Store Finder allows people to list their own locations and interests, as well as search by those criteria.
  • White Wolf Online -
    http://www.white-wolf.com/

    As part of a forum account, you can sign up for White Wolf's player finder. Users can specify where they live and what games they want to play.
  • WizKids Player Search -
    http://www.wizkidsgames.com/usersearch.asp

    WizKids' player search allows people to search for users who play any and all WizKids games in a particular region or worldwide, as well as approved playing venues.

Web Forae
  • Atomic Thinktank Player Locator Forum -
    http://www.atomicthinktank.com/index.php

    A subforum of the Atomic Thinktank for Mutants & Masterminds for GMs and players to post looking for their counterparts.
  • EN World Gamers Seeking Gamers Forum -
    http://www.enworld.org/

    EN World's forums include a section, entitled Gamers Seeking Gamers, for just that purpose. The search function does not appear to be enabled.
  • Hero Games Player Finder Forum -
    http://www.herogames.com/forums/

    Hero Games' forums include a Player Finder sub-forum, searchable by the built-in search function.
  • RPG.net Gamer Gatherings Forum -
    http://forum.rpg.net/

    RPG.net's forums include a Gamer Gathering sub-forum. This is not searchable by normal means.
  • RPGLibrary.org PBEM News Forum -
    http://www.rpglibrary.org/news/

    A web forum for announcing and listing Play by E-Mail roleplaying games.
  • Wizards of the Coast RPG Gamer Classifieds Forum -
    http://forums.gleemax.com/

    While Gleemax.com will eventually become a social networking site for gamers, Wizards of the Coast currently hosts a subforum in their message boards for roleplayers seeking games and players.

Other Online Resources
  • Meetup.com -
    http://www.meetup.com/

    Meetup.com is a website that helps people organize gatherings for every kind of interest. Many areas have at least one kind of roleplaying-related Meetup group going. A monthly fee is charged to run a Meetup group.
 

DrFaust

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#3
As a point of interest, the folks behind the Dragon's Landing Inn podcast are building a social networking site for gamers of their own, called CritorMiss. It's not yet to the point of taking sign-ups, but it's a very interesting project and I hope the guys are able to get it off the ground.
 
#4
Some others that I've found over the years:

ConnCon gamer classifieds
A small bulletin board to find gamers - mostly in CT
http://www.conncon.com/Classifieds/games.html

Dragonsfoot
Mostly 1st and 2nd edition AD&D
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/

DnDResources - gamers seeking gamers
http://www.dndresources.com/index.php?showforum=24

Gamer's Bulletin Board
Poorly organized player listing
http://www.rpg.net/etrigan/games.html

Ironcrown (ICE) Gamers Seeking Gamers
Form for players of ICE games
http://www.ironcrown.com/ICEforums/index.php?PHPSESSID=0274f9013610d3121925ece64c058da1&board=32.0

Kenzer & Co.
Player listing for Kenzer & Co.
http://www.kenzerco.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=102

Mortality.net
Website for DMs but it has a Want Ad page including gamers and games.
http://mortality.net/board/board.php?FID=184

National Gamers Guild
Listing of Gamers Wanted (appears out of date)
http://www.nggnet.com/classifieds/Wanted/Gamers/gamers.htm

Nerd NYC forums
http://nerdnyc.com/forum/index.php

Palladium Game Club directory
Listing of gaming groups for Palladium games
http://www.palladium-megaverse.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=29&sid=dd18618679ca6baaadb70c49b7f6a6cb

Paranoia Live
Forums for online and offline Paranoia players
http://www.paranoia-live.net/forum/

RPG Headquarters
Forum for DMs searching for players and players searching for games
http://www.rpghq.org/phpbb/index.php?c=67

RPGHost
http://forums.rpghost.com/forumdisplay.php?f=13

Steve Jackson Gamer Finder forum
Different from the current SJGames listing, this one is a forum rather than a player list.
http://forums.sjgames.com/forumdisplay.php?f=41

Yog-Sothoth Player Search
Site for Call of Cthulhu players
http://www.yog-sothoth.com/players/user/search_form.php
 
#5
Just wanted to talk a little bit about meetup.com and their fee. Yes, groups on meetup.com do pay a small fee ($9-$12/month). However, there is no fee for individuals to join - it is just a fee on the groups. Most likely you will be able to find an existing group in your area already paying the fee. Even if one starts a new group one can then split the cost amongst the members, each person paying a minimal amount.

It is a good site to meet local gamers, and I hope no one passes it by just because there is a small amount of money involved.
 

DrFaust

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#6
It is a good site to meet local gamers, and I hope no one passes it by just because there is a small amount of money involved.
It's true. I remember being surprised by how plentiful roleplaying meetups were when I first found the site. I'll integrate your comments when I update the list.

Which, I should add, will take me longer than I anticipated because of all your links. Thanks very much!
 

DrFaust

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#7
Integrating all the sites listed by matt34145.

Searchable Databases
  • Access Denied -
    http://accessdenied.net/

    Access Denied allows users to list their interests in RPGs, board games, computer games and PBEM games and send messages to other users; other data includes availability and skill level.
  • BoardGameGeek.com -
    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/users.php

    BoardGameGeek.com has a player finder which uses both Google Maps and a database searchable by proximity to a ZIP code.
  • Nearby Gamers -
    http://nearbygamers.com

    Uses Google Maps and an editable tagging system to allow users to search by geographical proximity and topic of interest. Also has an internal messaging system and discussion board.
  • Pen & Paper Games -
    http://www.penandpapergames.com

    Pen & Paper Games has a player registry as part of its forum. Users can search by geographical markers or proximity, as well as genres, whethey they play or GM and if they want players for their group, or to join a group themselves. Utilizes a Frappr-like navigable map.
  • RPG Registry -
    http://www.rpgregistry.com/

    Run by RPGObjects, RPG Registry allows users to search by and specify games of interest, levels of skill, location and times of availability. Also has an internal messaging system. Users' email addresses seem to be publicly available.
  • Spielerz.com -
    http://www.spielerz.com/

    A site devoted to connecting players. Users can search by geography, distance from a postal code and type of games played -- RPG, board game, etc.
  • Steve Jackson Games Gamer and Store Finder -
    http://www.sjgames.com/gamerfinder/

    SJG's Gamer and Store Finder allows people to list their own locations and interests, as well as search by those criteria.
  • White Wolf Online -
    http://www.white-wolf.com/

    As part of a forum account, you can sign up for White Wolf's player finder. Users can specify where they live and what games they want to play.
  • WizKids Player Search -
    http://www.wizkidsgames.com/usersearch.asp

    WizKids' player search allows people to search for users who play any and all WizKids games in a particular region or worldwide, as well as approved playing venues.
  • Yog-Sothoth.com's Players Directory
    http://www.yog-sothoth.com/players/user/search_form.php

    A database searchable by location and game focused on Cthulhu-specific roleplaying.

Web Forae
  • Atomic Thinktank Player Locator Forum -
    http://www.atomicthinktank.com/index.php

    A subforum of the Atomic Thinktank for Mutants & Masterminds for GMs and players to post looking for their counterparts.
  • Dndresources.com Gamers Seeking Gamers Forum -
    http://www.dndresources.com/index.php?act=idx

    In the Off-Topic subforum is a section for gamers to post looking for other players.
  • Dragonsfoot Looking for Games/Gamers Forum -
    http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/

    Dragonsfoot.org is a website devoted to early editions of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • EN World Gamers Seeking Gamers Forum -
    http://www.enworld.org/

    EN World's forums include a section, entitled Gamers Seeking Gamers, for just that purpose. The search function does not appear to be enabled.
  • Hero Games Player Finder Forum -
    http://www.herogames.com/forums/

    Hero Games' forums include a Player Finder sub-forum, searchable by the built-in search function.
  • ICE Gamers Seeking Gamers Forum -
    http://www.ironcrown.com/ICEforums/index.php

    Currently located in the subforae General Category > Order of the Iron Crown, Gamers Seeking Gamers is a bulletin board subsection sponsored by Iron Crown Enterprises.
  • Mortality.net Ye Olde Market Square Forum -
    http://mortality.net/board/index.php

    Under Mortality General is a subforum, Ye Olde Market Square, where gamers can post their games, or desire to join one.
  • NerdNYC Forums -
    http://nerdnyc.com/forum/index.php

    A forum focused on serving the nerdly community of New York City and its surrounds.
  • Palladium Books' Forums of the Megaverse -
    http://www.palladium-megaverse.com/forums/index.php?

    Palladium Books' official forum has a subsection, Gamers Looking for Other Gamers, for people to do just that.
  • Paranoia Live -
    http://www.paranoia-live.net/forum/

    A website for Paranoia players to play online.
  • RPG Headquarters Campaign Classifieds -
    http://www.rpghq.org/phpbb/index.php

    Includes a Table Top section of their Campaign Classifieds sub-forum.
  • RPG Host Community Forums -
    http://forums.rpghost.com/index.php?

    The subforum titled RPGRegistry.com supplements the database of the same name, listed above in the Searchable Databases category.
  • RPG.net Gamer Gatherings Forum -
    http://forum.rpg.net/

    RPG.net's forums include a Gamer Gathering sub-forum. This is not searchable by normal means.
  • RPGLibrary.org PBEM News Forum -
    http://www.rpglibrary.org/news/

    A web forum for announcing and listing Play by E-Mail roleplaying games.
  • Steve Jackson Games Gamer Finder Forum -
    http://forums.sjgames.com/forumdisplay.php?f=41

    Under The Gnomes of Zurich sub-section, this forum isn't the same as SJG's player finder listed above.
  • Wizards of the Coast RPG Gamer Classifieds Forum -
    http://forums.gleemax.com/

    While Gleemax.com will eventually become a social networking site for gamers, Wizards of the Coast currently hosts a subforum in their message boards for roleplayers seeking games and players.

Other Online Resources
  • Meetup.com -
    http://www.meetup.com/

    Meetup.com is a website that helps people organize gatherings for every kind of interest. Many areas have at least one kind of roleplaying-related Meetup group going. A monthly fee is charged to run a Meetup group; many groups distribute that cost among members, so it winds being being a dollar or two per person.
  • ConnCon Gamer Classifieds -
    http://www.conncon.com/Classifieds/games.html

    A webpage of ads by gamers looking for like, sponsored by ConnCon.
  • National Gamers Guild Gamers Wanted -


    A listing of gamers looking for others to play, organized by state/province/national sub-division of choice.
  • Role Playing Gamer's Bulletin Board -
    http://www.rpg.net/etrigan/games.html

    A web page that lists ads sent in by people looking to join or start roleplaying games.
 
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