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  • Hi - I have a 12 year old who is very interested in D&D and we're trying to find an in person game for her.  If you know of one in the east bay, please let me know.  Otherwise, we'd be interested in hiring someone to DM a game and then we'll find other middle schoolers who would be interested in playing.  If you know of anyone interested in DM'ing (we're happy to host and pay of course) or if you know of any middle schoolers interested in playing, please let me know.  She is somewhat advanced (has read all the monster guides and played quite a bit).  We have tried all the game stores (games of berkeley, roll20 in alameda, dr comics, place on telegraph) to no avail.  



    There is a camp happening this summer in Berkeley, run by some people out of San Rafael. When I recently chatted with them at a camps fair, they said they would be happy to do an afterschool club in the East Bay with some minimum # people. Sorry I don't remember the business' name but maybe this rings a bell!

    Hi Danielle, 

    My daughter is very much into DnD. She’s 18 and a senior at Berkeley High School. She is very interested in this. She has a ton of references (not for DnD, lol, but personal references) and has a lot of experience DMing, including for new players. Feel free to contact me.

    My son, home from college this semester, is a wonderful DM and has been playing DnD since he was about 8.  He is also an experienced camp counselor and loves working with kids. I"m sure he'd be happy to DM for a group of kids you bring together. His schedule is pretty flexible right now as he is job searching. Reach out to me directly if you are interested.  

    Hi - I have a 19yo (student at ucsc) who is an expert DM and would love to play with your kids this summer - he has been playing d&d plus magic the gathering for many many years and is the DM for all his friends.

    Hello!  My 12-year-old daughter has been playing D&D/similar with Jake Gelender for years -- he's a star.  Here's his website:


    The Game Academy has an in person DND session on Fridays 4:30-6:30 PM in Berkeley.


    Hello!  I replied earlier and then noticed later that It's Your Move (maybe the "place on Telegraph?"  :)) just posted its list of summer camps:


    Hope you find something good for your daughter!

    My teenage daughter is VERY into D&D, also has all the books and has spent many hours watching an online youtube show called Critical Role.  She and her friends get together to play and also take turns being the DM every weekend.  She loves creating campaigns and during the summer she might be very interested in getting a little pocket money to do this for middle schoolers.  She has also done some projects in school where she has been helpers to middle schoolers (more generally or through school programs).  We are based in Albany.  Let me know if this of interest or if you don't find anyone. I'm sure she would also be happy to teach someone how to create a campaign if that was of interest so your daughter and friends could do it for themselves at some point.

    Hi😀 I have an 11 year old who is also really into dungeons and dragons 5E, and other roleplaying. They currenly play weekly with a group they  met online with a group they met through our local library. We have also gone on games of berkeley and have enjoyed that too. But... what they really want is some friends they're own age to game with. I could DM if everyone wanted to try a few sessions to start. We live in Vallejo but could potentially travel a bit. ... Either way I hope your kid finds a great group.

  • Hello, 

    I am looking for an online kids theater afterschool activity group for my 10 year old. Their old theater did online make-up classes and Dungeons and Dragons stroy play. Any suggestions are welcome. THANK YOU!  - Ben 

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  • Pathfinder or D&D group for 15 yr old

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    Looking for a group of teens that meet regularly for D&D or Pathfinder for my creative 15 year old. He's tried Games of Berkeley (welcoming and kind, but a much older crowd). Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga is ideal but Berkeley and Oakland work too.

    My son is a devoted DnD and Pathfinder kid.  He's been playing for years and years.  We found that Games of Berkeley was a welcoming for younger people--he went in middle school--but it was a stretch for his maturity to be playing with adults.  He is a senior now and runs the role playing games club at Berkeley High School.  If your son is at BHS, he could get involved there.  They meet several times a week after school. Contact me directly to get connected to my son for that info.

    There is another game store in Oakland where there is likely to be games he could join: www.itsyourmoveoakland.com/  They seem to have some summer camps focused on role playing, which might be a good fit. 

    My son has also been very involved with Trackers Earth, a summer program, where lots of the kids and counselors are role playing game enthusiasts.  Your son might find his people there.  Good luck!

    I don't have a group to recommend,  but if he gets a group of interested boys, my 19 y.o. son teaches and leads groups in D&D. We are in Lafayette. If you are interested, please contact me and I'll give you his contact info.

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Dungeons and dragons group for 11 year old

Jan 2012

My son is looking for a D&D group to join, preferably on the weekends. He is eleven years old. 8 year old sister is interested too. If there is not one already established he would be glad to host as dungeon master. Please contact me with suggestions or interest! Thank you. (We are in Kensington.) Cindi

There is a great ongoing d group headed at Its Your Move on Telegraph and 51st which starts at 12:30 pm on sundays. I think the kids age right now range from about 7ish to 16 or so, and they all have a great time. The DM 's name is Will, and he is amazing, getting kids to really enjoy the game for 3 hours or so, regardless of the level. And he only charges 10 dollars! son loves d

Looking for Dungeons and Dragons group for 10-y-o

Sept 2011

My 10 year old son loves D and would love to find a group of kids to play with. We've just moved back to the Bay Area from out of state and he is really missing his gaming gang. We live in Point Richmond and are open to driving around to get to games...thanks!

I don't know of specific Dungeons and Dragons groups, but your son may be interested in a similar roleplaying game called Abantey. The Roleplay Workshop runs afterschool and weekend games for kids and teens on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. The Fall schedule is starting up at the end of September. My kids have participated in the Roleplay Workshop for years and really enjoy it. Check out details about the game and enrollment at their website http://roleplay-workshop.com/ - Sharon

you might try Games of Berkeley. They have game afternoons/eves for kids. Also, the Berkeley Public Library (at least the downtown branch) has games for older kids like yours. Good luck! Mom of 6y/o Pokemon enthusiast

Local game stores will often host D and other gaming groups. I would just call Games of Berkeley, Dr. Comics and Mr. Games, Endgame, etc. and ask. Also, there's a interactive role play camp (on weekends too) at Dr. Comics and Mr. Games called Abantey http://www.roleplay-workshop.com/ that D lovers often enjoy. This is structured and adult-run and emphasizes math and social skills. You should definately check this out, especially if you're looking for a summer camp. Brenda

My son has been going to the kids Dungeons and Dragons group at Its Your Move on telegraph (and 51st) on sundays for years. The DM Will is amazing, with lots of imagination as well as super ability as DM. Right now, it is drop in starting at 12:30 pm on sunday and lasts for about 4 hours. I think its about 10 dollars. happy mom from Oakland

Dungeons & Dragons Meetup in Berkeley or nearby?

Nov 2009

Hi, I am looking for a Dungeons & Dragons group for a my 12 years old son. I checked the internet but found only a group in SF, but I am looking for a group that meets in Berkeley or near by. Will be happy for any information. anon

Hello! Games of Berkeley has standing drop-in D on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They're next to the Downtown Berkeley BART station, a couple blocks up from Berkeley High, at the corner of Shattuck and Center. Kari

D&D games for 9 year old?

Sept 2007

When I was a kid, there were Dungeons & Dragons groups everywhere. Now that my 9-year-old son has discovered the game, we can't find anyone to play with! Is there anyone out there around his age that likes to play D & D? Is there a regularly-scheduled game or group we could join? Where did all the gamers go?

My son and his friends are very into D right now. It is alive and well. I would recommend going to a gaming store and seeing if they host games. Your post didn't say where you live, but two recommendations are: End Game in Oakland and Black Diamond Games in Walnut Creek (moving to Concord any day now, though). If these places don't host games, they probably have a way of hooking your son up with other kids who want to add players for their games. My son and his friends custom tailor their games for their characters, so maybe your son could get a few friends interested and start a game of their own. A friend of mine bought the book Dungeons and Dragons for Dummies (I kid you not) to figure out what their kid was doing all the time. Maybe that would be a place for you and your son to start exploring it together. Geeking out is Good

I heartily recommend The Roleplay Workshop in Oakland on Piedmont Avenue. http://www.roleplay-workshop.com/ Becky offers after-school, holiday, and summer camp programs. From the website, it appears the minimum age is 10. My two sons primarily went during school breaks and summer vacation. They always had a good time, it was reasonably priced, and Becky was always understanding and flexible. Lois

12-year-old looking for D&D group

March 2007

My 12 year old has recently become interested in the Dungeons and dragons game. He knows how to play the game well but has not found a group of people his age to play with. Does anyone have any ideas of where he could go in the Alameda-Oakland- Berkeley area?

There is a group of 8 to 13 year olds who play D&D and Star Wars RPGs every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday, in my store: It's Your Move Games and Hobbies. We have an online calendar and the phone # of the Game Master, Will Kreber, We are also having a summer workshop. Call if interested in a sign-up sheet 510 547-4FUN (4386) Sally

Have you tried contacting End Game in Oakland? They are an employee run gaming store. www.endgameoakland.com You may also want to contact the RPGA. RPGA = Roleplaying Gamers Association. http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=rpga/welcome RPGA sometimes holds games upstairs at Endgame. Kristina