Super popular when I was a kid back in the 80s and a teenager in the 90s but with terrible publicity back then. It has reborn popularity thanks to a brilliant Fifth Edition and the appearance in mass media such as Stranger Things. Dungeons & Dragons is THE role playing game with capital “the” and the reason I started Learning to Role Play.
What is Dungeons and Dragons?
For a vast majority of role players, Dungeons and Dragons is the best tabletop RPG (role playing game).
In the game, you take the role of a special character with certain gifts and traits, a sort of hero that will go on an adventure against everything that the Dungeon Master (or Game Master) brings to them and their party of friends.
How do you play Dungeons and Dragons?
D&D is mostly played in what is known amongst role players as the theater of the mind. The Game Master will describe a situation, and the rest of the players will interpret the role of their character to advance by having conversations, fighting enemies or trying to discover hidden clues and treasures.
Most of the actions taken during a Dungeons and Dragons session will rely on the roll of dice to come to an outcome to what happens next.
In addition to this, there can be game enhancement tools like battle maps, miniatures, and any sort of bits and pieces that, again, the Game Master sees fit.
Why is Dungeons and Dragons so Popular?
Dungeons and Dragons quickly gained popularity about 30-40 years ago when teenagers and kids started playing its first editions.
In the recent years, there has been a resurgence, however, based on the appearance of Dungeons and Dragons in popular media like the TV Series Stranger Things.
Also some actors and actresses and other celebrities have expressed their love for D&D, making it gain even more exposure.
It’s a great game to play for many reasons, but the fact that it demands very little in terms of setting to be played and that it uses the imagination in a way that has become less and less habitual for adults, makes it shine even brither.
What Age is Appropriate for Dungeons and Dragons?
There is not such thing as an appropiate age range for Dungeons & Dragons, I believe.
It is true that the game can be violent and have all sorts of complications that wouldn’t be apt for children, but tons of adaptations can be made to remove these factors from a home game, rendering it perfect for children, parents and grandparents alike.
What is the Current Version of Dungeons and Dragons?
Dungeons and Dragons has gone over many iterations since it was first released in 1974.
Nowadays people mostly play its Fifth Edition that has been converted in a way that makes it easier for the mainstream whilst remaining as complex and full of possibilities as it has ever been.
What Do You Need to Play Dungeons and Dragons?
As I mentioned earlier, Dungeons and Dragons is played in the theater of the mind, and thus there is very little needed for it to be run.
That being said, you will need to learn to role play D&D and for that, the minimum you would have to get yourself is one of the books that the Fifth Edition has.
Don’t worry, if you don’t want to make a huge investment yet in something like the Player’s Handbook and all the other Dungeons & Dragons books it’s ok, you even have a free official pdf that you can download from Wizards’ site to get you going (you can find the link in the list of books linked above).
And if you want to recreate parts of the game in a more visual manner, particularly the fights, a map and some miniatures will be a perfect adition.
What are the rules to play D&D?
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How do you create characters in D&D?
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Classes in D&D
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