4 Reasons Everyone Would Love Dungeons and Dragons
We are living in the age of the nerd. Superhero movies dominate the market; Game of Thrones is the master of TV and video games are played by damn near everybody.
So why is it that when I tell people, “Sorry I can’t go out tonight, I’m playing a game of dungeons and dragons” I still get a weird look as if I had told them I eat my cereal with ketchup?
I once heard somewhere that every nerd has a line of something that’s too nerdy for them to do, and that’s why Dungeons and Dragons exists.
Well I’m here to say that they are all wrong. Dungeons and Dragons is awesome, and if you’ve never played with a good group then you’re missing out on the experience of a lifetime.
Do What You Want
Don’t you love open world games? Like the new Zelda game Breath of the Wild, where you can go anywhere your eye touches and do anything? Well, almost anything.
For example, In Zelda, if you walk into a store you have two choices: buy an item or don’t by an item. In D&D, you can buy item; not buy the item; steal the item; kill everyone in the store and take the item; burn the store down just for fun; marry the shopkeeper’s daughter and accept the item as a wedding present; or even try to convince him to just give it to you. The list goes on forever.
You can go anywhere, do anything. Want to open a muffin shop? You can do that. Want to try and fight a god? You can do that. Want to fight dragons and go through dungeons? You can do that. Anything that you can imagine, you can do. Which brings me to my next point...
Release Your Imagination
“The Imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies”-Neil Gaiman. The imagination is a wonderful thing that, as an adult, we get to use less and less.
For Dungeons and Dragons, it’s as required as people arguing politics on a Thanksgiving meal. As opposed to a video game where there is a screen in front of you showing where you are in vivid detail, in D&D you must imagine it all based of the words of your Dungeon Master. He’ll say you’re in a tavern and describe it, but it’s up to you to see it.
Create Whole New Worlds
This applies to Dungeon Masters (DM), but also to the regular players. If you’re the Dungeon Master, you get to create a whole world filled with characters and quests that your characters must venture through.
You can allow them to do anything, or have them fight an evil king, it’s up to you! If you’re a player you get to create a character.
Maybe you want to play a human who was raised on the streets and only knows how to pickpocket and steal. Or maybe you want to play the opposite; an elven cleric who just wants to spread the word of God to as many people as she can. It’s your game, your rules.
It's Now More Accessible Than Ever
Gone are the days where people would have to scrounge up a game of D&D.
With the internet, there are a thousand ways you can join a game. Want to go out and interact with people? Try sites like Meetup where they have gaming sections so you can find a D&D game near you.
More of an online guy? Roll 20 is a great place to start a game online. Don’t worry about “not playing right,” you’ll catch on, and the community is overall friendly.
I’m not saying you have to play D&D. Obviously, it’s not for everybody. However, don’t just bash it without knowing anything about it. In a world where people are obsessed with saying “technology is ruining our brains" (See my opinion on that here), why not embrace the one game that necessitates an overactive imagination?
So, grab your bagful of dice, and head over to your local game shop. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you find.