I love D&D. However, I've gone about six months without being able to actually play
despite my best efforts to the contrary for one simple reason: I live in Northern New England.
At the beginning of this year I lived in Portland, the biggest city in Maine-- which isn't saying a lot-- and I wasn't able to find a single group in my area. I eventually found a store 20 minutes outside of the Greater Portland area which worked out okay for a while (other than having to drive so much at the peak of the price of gas)... until I was enlisted to do backup DM duty.
This lasted until the end of summer, and as our current players were going back to college, it looked as though I could go back to being a PC... but instead, I got a job Burlington, the biggest city in Vermont-- which is saying even less-- and had to move away just as this opportunity had arisen. The punchline to this series of events is that while I did find a D&D group up here, it conflicts with my work schedule. So, if I want to be part of a campaign, I have to be the DM again.
Now, running a game is certainly rewarding in its own right, but when you're forced into that role because you don't live in an area with any established network of players, it gets aggravating after a while. Especially after you've already posted on a local meetup group, some Yahoo! groups and WotC's official "find players in your area" forum. And especially
when Mike & Jerry are bragging about rolling dice with Wil Wheaton.
This is something my wife and I enjoy doing together, and we only have one working computer right now, so chat-based sessions are out. With that in mind, here's the big question for you experienced gamers: is there any way of finding other D&D players out there that I've missed? Or is the frozen Northeast just as desolate as I think it is?
"Every dark cloud has a silver lining, but lightning kills hundreds of people each year who try to find it."