The nuts and bolts of the game are probably well known: players create characters – powerful avatars and heroes capable of tremendous deeds. The Dungeon Master sets the scene and describes the world, and then the players control how their characters interact with that world, using dice and various bonuses and penalties to determine whether a character succeeds or fails at a given choice of action. The real joy of the game, though, is so much more.
Dungeons & Dragons, at its best, is a communal form of narrative storytelling, where the player’s characters are the protagonists and no one knows exactly what will happen or how it will end. Characters and story lines continue from session to session for as long as the players want them to. Like a great novel or film, each game can be an enthralling epic, a fantastic action, a thrilling pot boiler, and more. Players will experience the excitement of a movie, but in an active, engaged form. They will have more empowerment than a high end video game, as there is no limit to what the players can try to do. They will flex and hone their imaginations within a social framework that practically demands cooperation and empathy instead of solitude.
More than just an amazingly fun time with friends, D&D can also have some remarkable social and educational benefits as well. It requires reading, writing, and mathematics, hidden behind a great story. Players can learn creative thinking, cooperation, respect, empathy for others, strategy, prioritization, problem-solving, dealing with consequences, and more… all while stretching their minds and enjoying the best make believe ever. There is no other form of entertainment quite like it.
Join the adventure, and discover for yourself.