Today I told my librarian that I would be interested in starting a chapter in my village of Beiseker. Apparently there is quite a D&D following in our library system.
I have decided to break out the beginner box and run a few games before gaging interest. We will likely buy a PDF eventually, but for now I will laminate the hard copies I own.
I thought that Society play would be the best way to go. The older kids can go to events in the big city of Calgary with their characters on the weekends. We will be limiting ages to 13 or 14+. Another bonus with Society play is that we can do drop-ins. I own some of the older Society adventures, so that is not a problem. I also like the idea of the 4 hr block. We can start after school and have a supper break and still finish at a decent time during the week.
I am actually a rather inexperienced DM myself, so I thought the BB would be the best place for me to start, too.
So... I have some questions for the community at large:
How do I determine average party level to scale encounters for fluxuating party size?
Where/What is the best place/way to start a new chapter? How do I get my players started smoothly? How do we "graduate" from the beginner box?
Any recommendations on scenarios that are fun for young, new players?
Aside from several sets of cheap dice, whiteboard markers, cheap minis/tokens and graph paper what would you recommend we purchase?
Thanks in advance.