Dungeons & Dragons: A Failed Intimidation Check?


Luke Cardinali, Staff Writer

Dungeons and Dragons is a game that a lot of people talk about but not a lot of people play. Most people use the common alibi of, “Oh it’s too hard, I don’t have the time to learn all of it!” However, this case is unreasonable. Once players grasp basic D&D concepts, it becomes easier to understand and play. Sure, it’s more complicated than a game like Chutes and Ladders or chess, but it is far easier than most would expect. Yes, there is a little math involved, but it’s just basic multiplication facts. Tabletop Role-Playing Games (TTRPGs) are interactive stories, that may not be for everyone due to these qualities. If you want to learn D&D but don’t have time or don’t know how to start, learning from someone is shockingly easy. 


What is Dungeons & Dragons? 

D&D is a game where you play in a world that a Dungeon Master(DM) sets up. Think of D&D as a book in which you roleplay as a character and influence the plot of the story. However, no two stories are alike. While some are fighting dragons in a dungeon, others are exploring a vast open world over many years to find some special artifact. If you are a creative person, appreciate a challenge, or love reading and writing fictional stories, D&D might be the game for you.


I want to learn D&D. How do I find a teacher?

First off, the internet can teach you. Most of my friends learned D&D online because I was busy and couldn’t teach them. And if you already have learned but need others to play with, you can join the FMS D&D club that begins in the spring. The hardest part of playing D&D is probably trying to find the time and people to play with, but there are definitely opportunities out there!  



D&D is a fun little game that is easy enough to learn and easy to find a squad for. If you want to learn more, check out the article “Dungeons and Dragons: Why It’s A Success and Why You Should Play”.  I hope to play D&D with you this spring!