Plenty of io9 readers are already obsessed with role-playing games; to you guys, we say take five. It’s the rest of you that we’re talking to, those who might be looking to get into the hobby but might be a bit daunted by the rules and the guidelines and the sheer number of games available. Don’t worry! We know exactly how you can safely (and enjoyably) enter the world RPGs.
If you’re worried that everyone plays better than you do, like that nightmare where you’re taking a test only you forgot to study for, it’s best to get a few warm-up rounds in first. That’s why we’ve made this list of some games that can help inexperienced players dip their toe into different aspects of role-playing games. These include improvisation, dice and card-play, and character building—everything you’ll need to begin your role-playing journey.