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2020 is a year that will be remembered in the history books as a pandemic raged across the world. It altered plans for countless lives, and the world was changed forever. For our part, the pandemic is the entire reason our online community is here. You can read about the birth of Wayfarer’s League in a post all those months ago…
Since our launch in September, our Discord community has grown to 400 role-players, we’ve hosted tons of one-shots and our list of campaigns more than doubled. We have given players their first taste of TTRPGs, taught new GMs, and helped people find the social outlet we all so very much needed these past two year. We’ve watched several terrible movies together, enjoyed Quiz nights and boardgames, and discovered how passionate the community is about opinions on food. We could share statistics, talk about our stream, the first publication of our Home-brew Lab Zine, and more. But, really, there’s something else that we’d really like to talk about; something fairly unexpected…
The difference that this community has made in people’s lives.
The rest of this post will be from a few of our members… and to all Wayfarers, we just want to say, Thank you for joining us on this journey. Here’s to several more years!
I stumbled upon the Wayfarer’s League looking for a place that hosted dnd games. I was really missing the game, and had been looking to find something that would supplement the weeks or months where I didn’t have a session, because like a lot of people, its promised escapism worked as a therapeutic relief from the madness in the world. When I first joined, I was welcomed warmly by several folks, and at that moment, I knew that I’d found a place to call home. No, more than that, the group of people involved was home. As much of an introvert as I was and am, the community that the league has grown is what has encouraged me to open up a lot more. Different game systems, different people — heck, we just hit 400 members for the discord group, and I’ve seen a fair number of them join in the 7 months I’ve been a part of the server. And every single one of them has something unique and valuable to bring to the table. A different view, a different life story, a different character or five. And I am so proud to say I’m a part of a community that encourages one another and builds each other up. Constructive criticism, warmth, kindness. It’s been a year of this league’s existence, and I can’t wait to see what milestones we hit before our two years, or five years. To all the friends, old and new, and to all the memories that have been and will be made. I’m looking forward to all of it.
I first joined Wayfarers in February after having the year from Hell and we were only two months in! After having to stop all of my hobbies that involved other people and being made redundant, I was in a bad place both mentally and emotionally. I was determined to not go down that road again as it took me years to get out of, so I decided to try and rediscover my love of all things geek!
I hopped onto Facebook and joined a few different groups, many of which were Dungeons and Dragons, in the hope of finding some like minded people to talk to. The next thing I know, I have a comment on one of my posts from a lovely woman called Sarah, who suggested that I join Wayfarers League as I might find what I was looking for there. And boy, did I! I joined the day before my birthday and I am happy to say that, while I didn’t know it then, I would get the best birthday present of all by meeting all of the loveable geeks on here who have helped me be the truest version of me, and are currently helping me push myself out of my comfort zone so that I can hopefully repay their kindness back by helping them in return!
“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
― C.S. Lewis”
I’ve been role-playing since I first hit the playground.
The pressures of conventional adulthood tend to insist on imagination being the domain of the young – a sentiment I staunchly opposed through most of my adult life. However, being part of the Wayfarers community has made me agree…almost: Imagination keeps you young, keeps you alert, engaged in the world and bares beauty and whispers that the winds of magic are unyielding despite the forces of modernity demand the mundane. Wayfarers is a place built on these notions. I’ve played pretend with strangers that have become bulwarks of my daily life. We spend our time soul hopping from role to role, inhabiting infantile goblins one day and superheroes the next.
The joy of a community like Wayfarers League is in the invisible sinew that starts binding you all together while we indulge the intrinsic need to express and be creative. Wayfarers has threaded through my reality like all great stories do. Imaginary tales of slaying beasts and jumping off bridges craftily laid memories that when the fiction gives-way, foundations of friendships are revealed.
Shouting about wrestling, photos of cats, playing pretend.
Wayfarers reminds me It’s good to hit the playground again.
Again, thank you all for making this an amazing year. We couldn’t have imagined it growing to what it is now and can’t wait to continue the journey. Check our events page for currently open games. Join our Discord server and this community (invite button on the homepage). Come run games with us! We are more than happy to help you on your GM’ing journey.
If you are part of our community already, feel free to drop any comments about your experiences here. We’d love to hear from you!
And if you’d like to support us and what we do, there’s a few ways:
- Like and subscribe to our Youtube and Twitch. Like our videos! Join us when we’re live!
- Become a Supporter, Guild Member or Artisan. There are perks attached to each tier.
- Check out our store! We have a Redbubble shop and a Cotton Cart, as well as some digital content for download for your 5e adventures.