5 Ways to Meet New Gaming Friends In Your Area
It can be tough to meet new gaming friends. Especially if you don’t live in a big city. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 5 ways to meet new gaming friends in your area. So whether you’re looking for someone to play games with online or in person, we’ve got you covered!
1. Join an Online Forum, Facebook Group, or MeetUp Group
Join an online forum or Facebook group specifically for gamers in your area. This is a great way to meet people who share your interests and make new friends. A good way to search for a group is to type in your city or state name followed by the words “gaming forum” or “gaming group.”
I’ve made countless friends that I’ve meet through online forums and Facebook groups. Not only is it a great way to meet people, but you can also discuss games and gaming news with other members. Quick tip when joining a Facebook group: make sure you check out a few before joining one! Many groups are setup differently, with a wide variety of rules.
Browse through MeetUp as well. The best part about attending MeetUp events is everyone is going to meet other people. So if you’re an introvert and struggle with meeting new people, MeetUp events are fantastic. Just show up and make it a point to introduce yourself. You’ll be making friends in no time.
2. Attend a Gaming Convention
Attend a gaming convention, there are often meetups and social events scheduled during these conventions. This is a great way to meet new people who share your love for games. Conventions are also the perfect place to find gamers to play tabletop with.
I was very fortunate during my time traveling the country, from convention to convention, signing my comic books, I was able to meet some amazing people. Gamers were some of the friendliest people at these events and it didn’t take long for me to find a few Dungeons & Dragons games to join.
3. Play at a Local Game Store or Cafe
Your local games store or cafe is a great places to meet people who share your interests in games. These places are often frequented by people of all ages who love to play games. This is a great place to meet new friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and just hangout.
I find gaming stores to be some of the most inviting places to meet new friends. The staff is always willing to teach a new game and the other customers are more than happy to help you get started.
4. Join an Online Gaming Community Such as Discord
Discord is a wonderful place to meet new people and make friends. There are tons of different servers for all sorts of games. You can also join servers for specific interests such as cosplay, anime, or just to meet new friends.
I have close friends that swear by Discord. They were originally drawn to the platform because of their love for Anime. They were able to find a group of people who shared their interest and soon, were all talking about what they love.
5. Meet New Gaming Friends Through Friends Who Already Play Games With Others
This is probably the best way to meet new gaming friends. If you have friends who already play games with others, meet the people they game with. This is a great way to meet like-minded individuals and make new friends.
My entire Dungeons and Dragons group came from meeting people through friends. I had a friend who played the game and invited me to join his group. We then introduced other friends to play. Now we are a massive party of 10 adventurers meeting monthly to play! I consider them all very close friends.
In Conclusion—Meet New Gaming Friends
In conclusion, these are the top five ways to meet new gaming friends in your area. Remember the first step is putting yourself out there and being open to meeting new people. Be mindful of where you meet new people, and most importantly have fun! Games are meant to be enjoyed with others.
Not every option may work for you, but I’m sure you can find at least one that will. What’s important is that you meet new people and make friends who share your love of games. These methods have worked for me and countless others, so give them a chance if you to were like me and didn’t have any gaming friends, you won’t regret it!
What are your thoughts? How do you meet new friends who share your love for games? Let us know in the comments below!