What is Dungeons and Dragons, and why should I care?
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Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop game that was created in the 1980s and has lived on in living rooms and gaming stores ever since. But what is D&D exactly?
game (or RPG) which involves dice rolls, modifiers and a whole lot of improvisation. In RPGs like D&D, players improvise with prompts from their Dungeon Master (DM), who acts as the narrator, puppet-master and all of the enemies that the group may fight. Your group of players must work together to fight dragons, persuade NPCs (non-player characters) and defeat the forces of evil.
The game is classified as a tabletop game because it started its life as a pencil and paper physical experience, and you can still play that way today. But many players have decided to embrace the digital age and play with D&D enthusiasts from all across the world using websites like Roll20.
The setting is generic high fantasy, á la Lord of the Rings, but can be adapted to suit your own preferences if your DM is willing to put in the extra work, and the character options are almost limitless. There are many classes to choose from, most of which will feel familiar to anyone who has played video games in a fantasy setting.
You can play as the bumbling wizard, akin to Rincewind from the Discworld universe, or as a dastardly rogue who steals everything they can get their hands on. Your character can be an elf, Dragonborn, half-orc, or even just an ordinary human who’s a little bit lost in the chaos. Everything is flexible and you get to decide all of the nuances of your chosen character.
D&D is a roleplaying
But why should you invest time in Dungeons and Dragons, when you could play any other fantasy game? Well for one, the cooperative element of D&D is something very special. Bonding with your friends over make believe raids and treasure seem ludicrous if you haven’t experienced it, but the people you play with can become lifelong friends. There’s something to be said for teamwork, even if it’s imaginary, and the effects last longer than the game sessions themselves.
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