Let me read to your kids
During these crazy times, parents are feeling the strain more than most as they juggle having their kids home from school and attempting to work remotely. Allow me to entertain your children for an hour or so by reading stories or leading them on adventures. I am not charging for these services, only asking for a tip via Venmo or PayPal at the conclusion of our time. If interested, please fill out the form on my Contact Page. Or if I've already performed services for you, please use the Venmo or PayPal links below for payment.
Let me teach you to play Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It was first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro) since 1997. It was derived from miniature wargames, with a variation of the 1971 game Chainmail serving as the initial rule system. D&D's publication is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry. (from Wikipedia)
D&D has quickly become my favorite hobby since I started playing regularly with a group of friends in June 2018. That was the first time I assumed the role as Dungeon Master, or game leader, and we started (as many do since its publication) with the D&D Starter Set and published adventure The Lost Mines of Phandelver. This adventure starts a group of players (no more than five) on a quest to aid a dwarven man named Gundren Rockseeker in delivering a wagon of supplies to a small mining town called Phandalin. When things go awry, the adventurers have to use all their skills in combat, magic, and problem solving to find their employer - and survive!
Using Zoom, I'll start you and your party with the basics of character creation, simplified for new players by using pre-built characters. This way all the hard work is done for your - you just need to come up with a name and a personality! Then, as you become more comfortable with the game mechanics, I can show you how to modify, enhance, and develop your character or start a new one from scratch! You'll learn the basics of combat mechanics, rolling dice and adding modifiers, dabble as much as your comfortable with role playing, and with any luck, you'll want to keep playing on your own with your own group of adventurers.
I'm also willing to offer one-on-one tutorials for folks who'd like to take their own turn in the DM's chair. I'll share tips and resources I've found over the years that have helped me develop into the storyteller I am today. With any luck, you'll have your own weekly game with friends and family started in no time! All you need is a computer or device with a good camera, a strong enough internet connection, some headphones (if playing alone), pencil and paper, and the drive for adventure!
If interested, please fill out the form on my Contact Page. After we've been in touch, please fill out the survey at the link below about starting our game together. Or if I've already performed services for you, please use the Venmo or PayPal links below for payment.
So, you want to play D&D?
"The idea of getting involved with DND has been intimidating, not only because of the complexity of the game but because of the history and culture surrounding it as well. Lincoln gave us the appropriate introductory literature and explained everything in very simple understandable terms. After one session with him we are absolutely hooked and in love with the game, and looking forward to more! Not only does Lincoln make learning easy, but he makes it fun, exciting, and welcoming. For anyone who wants to learn but is intimidated by the entry point into this world, I would highly recommend they get in touch with Lincoln."
- Ted, "Baron Hamm Von Gammon" (human fighter)
"Lincoln does an incredible job of preparing, presenting, and adapting to all sorts of different play styles. Our group of coworkers played together just as well as a group of friends, and spent most of the week looking forward to our Tuesday night sessions."
- Bill, "Ovid" (half-elf druid)
"As a newcomer to D&D, my experience was fantastic due to having Lincoln as my DM. He was patient, understanding, and encouraging during every session. Lincoln is able to make the adventure really exciting thanks to his storytelling, narration, and descriptions. Our group is always excited to get together for the next part of the adventure!"
- Adam, "Byron" (dwarf paladin)
“Lincoln Hayes is a gifted master of story, at once a steady, patient guide for beginners and a nimble pilot for advanced players eager to test their mettle. He encourages creativity, nurtures characters, and rewards a party’s inventiveness and bravery. You’ll never want for adventure with him as your DM!”
- Ellen, "Arlyss Lonewinter" (half-elf paladin/sorcerer)
"Lincoln has been DMing for our party for the past year and a half. He took on a group with no play experience but interest piqued by actual-play podcasts and turned us into a true adventuring party. Lincoln's greatest strength is his storytelling, bringing you into his fictional world with detailed descriptions, engaging characters (with voices!), and personalized storylines. And all the while he makes sure everyone learns the game and feels comfortable taking part. Whether new or experienced, any group of players would be lucky to have Lincoln at the helm!"
- Dylan, "Orson Kier" (human fighter)
"For years I poked fun at friends who played D&D... Lincoln included, sorry bud. Of all the nerdy things I like, it was just too nerdy for me. Role playing? No thanks. When Lincoln and friends convinced me to start a new campaign with them I was nervous and hesitant. Well, now I'm hooked. It's been years of playing regularly and has easily become my favorite hobby. Lincoln has been so patient while I learn and has eagerly helped with all my questions and frustrations. Stop being a snob and start playing with Lincoln, you'll thank me (and him) later."
- Matthew, "Betwixt Nilbog" (goblin necromancer)
Tips Greatly Appreciated
My fee is negotiable, but my hourly rate is $20 for a two-four hour session (this includes several hours of pre-game prep time).