Ask Your Local Game Retailer if D&D is Right for You
The early success of Dungeons & Dragons led to a proliferation of similar game systems. Despite this competition, D&D remains the market leader in the role-playing game industry. In 1977, the game was split into two branches: the relatively rules-light game system of Dungeons & Dragons and the more structured, rules-heavy game system of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as AD&D or ADnD). AD&D 2nd Edition was published in 1989. In 2000, the original line of the game was discontinued and the AD&D version was renamed Dungeons & Dragons with the release of its 3rd edition with a new system. These rules formed the basis of the d20 System which is available under the Open Game License (OGL) for use by other publishers. Dungeons & Dragons version 3.5 was released in June 2003, with a (non-OGL) 4th edition in June 2008. A 5th edition was released during the second half of 2014. from Wikipidia
Forgive me if I ramble a bit. In case I go on too long and bore you, I'll give you the end from the beginning: if you have never played Dungeons & Dragons, or any of the countless games like it, you need to, if only once.
Now I have to admit that I am a little biased. Because I could easily argue that D&D has been one of the biggest recent impacts on my life, and that was before I even played my first game. So let’s get the background out of the way before we get to any arguments.
Down the Rabbit Hole
Let’s face the truth up front. We all know what bad D&D looks like. Most of us have seen Bender pick up the game in Futurama. Some of us may remember Arthur’s schoolmates indulging in a game at recess in Shrek the 3rd (which proves it’s a fairy tale, but I digress), wallowing in their nerdy glory, ignoring the world around them. And there’s no denying it. It’s…just…bad. That’s part of the humor. So is the fact that a lot of D&D games actually look like that. I myself have seen a few even in the short time I’ve had the game on my radar. It’s easy to think it’s just the nature of the game.
But there’s a flip side. It’s the side that makes you realize it’s the players and not the game. It’s the side that can lock your butt in your chair for hours on end just being a spectator, let alone a player. It’s the side that, luckily, was my first real exposure to D&D, that introduced me to PAX, which introduced me to a whole new group of people that I could geek out with day after day. And it all started one day back in 2012 or ’13 on YouTube.
RPG In Your Corner
Jan 12th 2017