So You Want to Try Dungeons & Dragons?
Maybe you’ve seen it on TV – that archaic game of nerds and socially-challenged teens across the world? You’ve wondered what it’s all about and thought to yourself (secretly, so the jocks don’t hear) ‘I may like to try that one day.’
Dungeons and mother-fucking Dragons, y’all! (I’m not southern (not even American)).
But you’ve spotted the price of those books, all three of the core ones (Players Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide, Monster Manual – there’s a lot of extras). The cheapest was once £25 but now they’re all £30-£50 apiece. Your lips just opened and your jaw dropped like it was made of stone – that’s one hell of a financial outlay to try something you may not even enjoy! And you need some specific dice that look like the Devils pocket torture-kit to play!
Well, worry not my closet-nerd; I’m here with some really simple advice and tips. You’ll be playing sooner than you thought!
First of all, come down from that citadel of solitude and ask around your friends if they know anyone who plays Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) already. Three things may happen; no one looks at you again for daring to be cool; they have no idea; they know a guy who knows a guy; they want to try too!
OK so that was four things, but I discount the first one because D&D is more popular than you think and a lot of people are in the closet about it.
If you have a social link to people who already play, ask if you can join them. You could ask to just watch but D&D is not a spectator sport and many gamers may feel a little uncomfortable with you gawping at them – it’s also not a sport. D&D is best experienced from within the game. Throw yourself in and you’ll surprise yourself!
But I’m guessing you have no idea who else plays and online games can be so hit and miss that the target hasn’t been changed since the internet grew up. No game stores in your local area? Well damnation, you live on an island, population = 1.
So, if you can find at least two other friends who may like to try it out, I’m going to give you a really simple and cheap way of checking it out!
You’re already reading this on the internet so follow this links to the Wizards of the Coast website (I know right; Wizards… of the Coast? Paha!)
Got dice? Well, if you can afford a set of those, you’ll need a set of polyhedral dice. There are more varieties of dice than there are species of beetles (OK – not true) but there’s dice to suit anyone’s 80’s acid induced dreams!
You can spend anything from £4 up to… well, how much money can you think of?
OK, but let’s say you want to start right now! Well, if you need to, there are random dice number generators online – they aren’t ideal but helpful when you’re desperate. I recommend you get yourself a set of dice covering 4 to 20 sided dice:
All you need now are pencils, some pads of paper and the desire to create epic, fantastical memories together! (I’m going to guess you have those already…)
If you need help understanding the game in more detail, drop me a line and I’ll work on a How-to just for you!