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Let the Good Times Roll: A Noob-friendly Guide to Dungeons and Dragons

Pipo Gonzales

By: Pipo Gonzales | Squeeze | Published July 20, 2017 | Updated August 16, 2017

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Thanks to the popularity of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series Stranger Things, a lot of us have been introduced to the fantastical universe of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. For those who have been playing the game for quite some time, it feels good to have more enthusiasts join the party.

If you have a thirst for adventure but are still hesitant to try out this game, here are a few good reasons to get into it.

Get the Party Started

In Dungeons and Dragons, you get to write your story. Are you human, dwarf, or elf? A warlock, paladin, or a ranger? There are a lot of different character races and classes to choose from – each with its own unique traits. Whether you’re an urban bounty hunter in search of gold, or a hermit in search of enlightenment, there’s always a good story waiting to unfold. If you’re having a hard time thinking of your story, there are templates to choose from. Let each adventure open up doors to your character development.

Check this out: The Official Website of Dungeons and Dragons (dnd.wizards.com) – Read up on the game’s universe and catch up on the latest news.

Be A (Critical) Hit!

A lot of notable celebrities – Vin Diesel, Anderson Cooper, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Spielberg and George R.R. Martin, among others have been known to play or have played the game. Dungeons and Dragons requires your imagination to run wild. Here, you can unleash the inner artist within you. Writers can enjoy running games as dungeon masters and actors will love the roleplaying element of the game. If you’re up to the challenge of playing in character, dress up for the role, take on an accent, and ham it up. With a full party of seven people and a dungeon master guiding them, think of it as an exercise of improvisational theatre.

Check this out: Critical Role (geekandsundry.com) – Watch voice actor Matthew Mercer lead a group of fellow voice actors on epic Dungeons and Dragons campaigns (also available on Youtube).

Cast Friends and Find Familiars

The Philippines’ community for Dungeons and Dragons is growing bigger by the day. By joining games, you’ll meet a lot of different people with varying tastes in adventures. All of them are ready to welcome new players to roll their multi-sided dice with.  This game transcends gender, religion, and politics. This is a place where diversity is embraced and individuality is celebrated. We’re talking about humans, dwarves, elves and other creatures band together over a common cause.

Check this out: D&D Adventurers League PH Facebook Page Dungeons & Dragons Philippine Community – Join an amazing community of Filipino Dungeons and Dragons players and meet fellow game enthusiasts.

Get Charmed by Great Gameplay

Every adventure has its own set of characters, monsters, and encounters. If the vast lore of the game isn’t enough to pique your interest, the creative twists and turns of each adventure will. And what’s great about it is that you (and your party) decide how your story plays out. Every action and decision has its consequences; how you accept or reject it makes each adventure fun and exciting. High replay value and great stories will get you hooked on this game.

Check this out: Adventurers Anonymous (adventurersanonymous-manila.com) – Get updated on Dungeons and Dragons events where you can join and reap rewards.

Time to Rock and Roll

You might be wondering what you’ll need to get started. Read up on rules and mechanics. You can find a lot of resources on the official website of the game series. The internet has a lot of resources you can use to introduce yourself to the game at your own pace. Join online communities and sign up for games. After all, experience is the best teacher (and so is your best friend if you want to level up faster). All you need is pen and paper, dice (which a lot of players and dungeon masters will be very willing to lend you), and a knack for role play.

Check this out: Roll20 (roll20.net) – For those who can’t join games in person, play online with other adventurers and satisfy your game cravings.

So you got your sheets ready, read up on the rules, found a full party with a dungeon master, and scheduled a game. Nothing beats the excitement of your first Dungeons and Dragons game. Remember to be friendly to your party mates, listen attentively to your dungeon master, and most importantly, have fun. And after finishing your adventure, grab a pint of ale at the nearest tavern and celebrate the rewards of your first victory.

Welcome to Dungeons and Dragons, and may the dice gods be ever in your favor.

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