Archive, D&D, Daily Rant

ARCHIVE Day 46: The Appeal of Role-Playing

Original Release: 4/13/18

Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons?

If you haven’t, I’d highly recommend it. Yes, it can be hard to gather all the necessary materials (those being three separate manuals, character sheets, multiple sets of seven dice, pencils, a screen to hide the DM’s stuff, and so on) and getting together with a group actually willing to play can be even harder. But if you can, I’d still recommend it full heartedly.

Imagine playing Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest. Except your friends are the NPC party members, no one is really the main character, and you could convince the final boss to chill out and have a beer if you roll high enough. That’s the kind of game D&D is. One where you can just say “FUCK IT!” and have some fun.

The whole point of Dungeons and Dragons is to become a character in a fictional world. Be that world one of high fantasy, space adventure, post-nuclear desolation or zombie apocalypse, you become something more than you are. You aren’t a normal college student struggling with his student loans. You are a High-Elf Paladin, standing high as a paragon of justice, or perhaps you’re a Raider stealing all the food from a struggling settlement in the post apocalypse. Whatever you want to be, you can become.

In short, role-playing is freedom.

It is a total escape into your imagination. And you get to bring your friends along for the ride. Just so long as your friends are good, and your Dungeon Master is capable, there are few things as fun as role-playing.

Once again, there really isn’t a point here. I just wanted to talk about D&D for a bit.

But seriously, if you haven’t played it before, give it a shot. You won’t regret it.

Unless your friends are assholes.

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