When the first series of Stranger Things came out back in 2016, I had no idea what Dungeons & Dragons was. Now I run a D&D group with my friends. How did I get here, you ask? What do I like about it so much that I wanted to right a post on it? Well, I am here to answer!
Like, I think, many other people, I was drawn into D&D by listening to other people play. There are a whole host of podcasts/series based in D&D and other tabletop games, but The Adventure Zone was really what got me hooked. Although it does not follow the rules very strictly, before listening I really had no idea about these types of games, so for introducing me to that (as well as general entertainment) I am very thankful.
Previously, my very hazy image of D&D was as an intimidating, very rules-heavy game that was primarily the stuff of nerd-bros. But recently it feels like it’s had a bit of a revival; somehow a lot of people I follow on social media have now started playing! It’s really nice to discover that yes, there are rules — but you can pick which ones you enforce. You can make it your own.
At the moment, I’m fairly new to running the game — I mean, we started this group over a year ago but we meet pretty infrequently so it still feels now to me — and what I really love about it is getting to spend time being creative with my friends. I don’t want to be one of those preachy-screenager people but I do sometimes feel that when we hang out it can be based around sharing funny things on our phones, just checking social media and stuff. (Not all social media is bad! I just find moderation and variety is better for me.) It provides a really nice structured place to just enjoy the activity. As my school workload has increased and I spend more time out of school doing academic stuff, D&D is something I can work on that’s purely for fun. It’s purposeful fun, I suppose…?
It makes me organise meeting up with my friends and not just hanging around in my house and not talking to people — although there’s nothing wrong with that, of course, my brain needs to interact with other humans to feel good but is not as efficient as actually organising that interaction.
I am probably not the best person to DM (basically to be the person who runs it all) but at the time we started the group none of my friends knew how to play so I somehow had the most experience, lol. I mean, I’m sure some people will criticise the way we apply rules and I’m still improving at improvisation, describing stuff, roleplaying NPCs and all that. But like…it’s nice to accept that doesn’t really matter. I’m not going to be given a mark on it. This is a JOYFUL and EXCITING thing.
It isn’t the most easy game to pick up. Even when I try to read through the rulebook I feel kind of overwhelmed. The most useful thing has been listening to snippets of other RPG podcasts to get an idea. Even this blog post is probably going to be a little confusing to read if you have no idea what I’m talking about, for which I apologise. But it is 6pm and I’m tired, sorry.
Anyway, I like D&D now! I think it’s neat and I am excited to play it later this week with my friends! That’s all for today. 🙂
P.S. This post is somewhat haphazard but I am embracing this new blogging style. I forgot how nice it is to have a place to just express myself, you know? (I know that social media does this but I have way too many bad habits associated with it, so.)