So now you understand why I get the warm fuzzies when it comes to D&D. But what’s in it for you? Why should you try this game out? Here are five reasons I can think of:
You already know how to play… yes, really
Don’t give me that look. The truth is if you ever pretended to be a fireman, a superhero, your favorite cartoon character, played with dolls, played house, etc. you already have the mindset you need for D&D. D&D is nothing more than a much better structured, but no less organic version of the games you used to play all the time when you were a kid. And let’s face it, it doesn’t matter if you’re just pretending. Being a hero, super or not, kicks ass.
Nobody knows what’s going to happen next
One person provides the framework for the story (the adventure), and guides you through it. That individual, the Dungeon Master, may know a little more than you do about what’s going to happen, but as Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”. Your DM is no exception, because they don’t know what YOU are going to do, and if you catch them off guard, the entire plan may get rewritten without you even knowing it happened. Because of that…
No adventure plays out exactly the same twice
Different characters, different reactions, different way of getting there. Sure the big climactic battle may be the same, but if you’re playing different characters, how you fight that battle can change dramatically.
D&D is the granddaddy of them all
I’m not going to lie to you. Dungeons & Dragons is NOT the easiest game to learn. Every game has rules and even in its fifth incarnation there are other more recent games with much easier rules to learn. The thing to remember is you can’t really play this game solo. You need other people, and the oldest games will almost naturally have the biggest following. It may be harder to learn, but finding people to play and learn the game with will be far easier.
D&D is hot and getting hotter.
Remember how I told you about my first games of D&D at PAX? Back then I had to stand in line for a bit but I usually got in. But that was then and this is now. Now you have to be at the signup table at opening time if you even want a prayer of getting into a PAX game. And you can only sign up for the same day.
There’s a lot more that I could say and probably will say on the topic in the future. Hopefully by now I have enticed you to at least give it a look, and see for yourself how much fun it can be.
Why play D&D?
If you ask me the real question is: why not?