Get Nerdy with Dungeons & Dragons
Have you ever played tabletop roleplaying games? One of the most popular roleplaying games to date is Dungeons & Dragons, a game where you can create a character and dive into a world of fantasy and monsters. First published in 1974, the game has experienced its fair share of ups and downs, but has seen a resurgence in recent years. In this week’s Virginia Square Towers Blog, we’ve got a few reasons for you to get nerdy with this tabletop roleplaying game!
Part of the allure of Dungeons & Dragons is the ability for you to create and embody a different character. You’re able to choose a character’s race and class, which can help you shape your character. After you’ve created your character and filled out your character sheet, you can create a rich backstory for your character that will help you dictate your character’s choices and gives depth to your character.
Because Dungeons & Dragons is a game, there are mechanics that help the game run smoothly. The game is primarily played with polyhedral dice in conjunction with theater of the mind. The polyhedral dice used consists of a 4-sided, 6-sided, 8-sided, 12-sided, 20-sided, and two 10-sided dice. These dice are used to determine successes and failures in skill checks and combat. Unlike other games, failures in Dungeons & Dragons can be an interesting turn that adds to the excitement of the game, so don’t be afraid of them! In case those failures have dire consequences, stay on your toes and try to think your way out of them.
Dungeons & Dragons used to be a game associated very closely with being unpopular or nerdy, but that perception is slowly changing. Nerdy is the new cool, but there have been many now-celebrities that have stuck with the game through the years! Some may come as no surprise, but some of them may be people you may not have guessed. Here’s the short list of some celebrities who enjoy the game:
Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo)
Stephen Colbert (The Late Show)
Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
Joe Manganiello (True Blood)
Matthew Mercer (Overwatch Voice Actor)
It’s time to invite some friends over to your Arlington, VA apartment to enjoy a game of Dungeons & Dragons! Thanks for reading.