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Dungeons Or Dragons?

Descending Into A Fun Fantasy World Where We Can Be Someone Else

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 3 min read


At my age, you would think I would be an expert, and in many areas I am, but in gaming, I am a novice still and was wondering what it would take to become a gamer and take part in a role-playing, Dungeons and Dragons scenario.

While I like playing games I need to keep them simple while I am on my own. I always had difficulty with multi-player games and got as far as Quake II.

This is a history of my own gaming which will be like dropping into prehistory for any gamers reading this, and I have included Queen's "Play The Game" for you to listen to while you read this.

This is going to be unusual because I am going to be asking questions rather than answering them and I really hope that you will share your opinions on taking part in Dungeons and Dragons in the comments on here.

Dungeons & Dragons ™ is a popular role-playing fantasy adventure game first published in 1974 by TSR, Inc. It was developed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and later acquired by Wizards of The Coast.

It was partially based on a combination of old simulation miniature war games and another Gygax creation called "Chainmail".

There is a current film that uses the concept that a number of friends have seen and enjoyed, although I am not in that number just yet.

Would You Want Me In Your Dungeons And Dragons Team?

I have only taken part in one official Multi-Player Role Playing Game session which had a master controlling the game and there was beer involved but beyond that, I cannot remember anything.

I once played a round of golf at Beamish and was told never to return due to the number of divots I took out of the greens. I think Mark Twain said "Golf is a good walk ruined"

Dungeons and Dragons is played either as a table-top game or online and people can create their own characters while obeying the rules of the game administered by the referee or dungeon master.

This is the Wiki reference to the game.

The question I have to ask is what makes a good Dungeon Master and a worthy Dungeons and Dragons player? How could you tempt me to play the game with you?

Is it best to dress up in suitable costumes while you play the game? I think the only time I ever got dressed up for something was impersonating Elvis at a Spoon gig, though I probably would not need much make-up to play a Jabba The Hutt figure.

Like playing in a band I think that gamers must build a supportive camaraderie with each other to enjoy the game, and I hope that some real gamers can come on here and elucidate to give me an idea about what is required and maybe tempt me into playing.

I am not an expert here but I would love to know more, and the best way to do that is for people to tell me what they like, and what they see as important when they actually play these games.

Another thing is "How long do games last?".

Are they finished in the actual session or do they go on for weeks and months?

I really hope to get some feedback on this, and maybe suggest groups worth joining, either on Facebook or further afield.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and hope this turns into an informative discussion including experienced gamers and others who want to see if Dungeons and Dragons is for the,.


These are some online Dungeons and Dragons sites that you can join wherever you are in the world.

Dungeon and Dragoneers, if you are open to new members, either locally or online, please drop information and links in the comments. Thank you so much.

You can also get the board games sets and physically play with friends.

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  • MARIE ODEMS about 3 hours ago


  • Definitely Dungeons

  • Silent Scarlett9 days ago

    I love this game it's so much fun

  • Samuel Wright16 days ago

    I love all kinds of RPGs. Right now I am looking for a local Shadowdark RPG group near me and playing an online 5E D&D game through Facebook Messenger.

  • Darryl Hardin25 days ago

    My parents wouldn't let me play D&D as a kid which was terrible as it always captivated me. I wanted so bad to play but didn't have the guts to disobey my parents. For some reason though, I was able to play video games and such, thankfully.

  • yamin aslam26 days ago

  • Played it once with some youth in KCMO. They got tired of having me as dungeon master after just one dungeon. Ever since it's just Big Bang Theory for me.

  • Shane Dobbieabout a month ago

    Started playing a game during lockdown and it went on for the best part of a year. Some games will only last a session or two depending on what you’re looking for. We’ve moved on from D&D to other systems; the idea remains the same but the theme changes. If you have the imagination (which you do) I expect you would enjoy it

  • Tom Bakerabout a month ago

    You shouldn't do this. If so, you'll become possessed, listen to Judas Priest, dress in black, and have The Omen on rotation on your telescreen. You might start wearing Eighties fashions. When I was a kid, I use to DREAM EVIL just by oogling the covers of the DND modules at the local PX on Fort Clayton, Panama, where everyone knows that secret black magic ceremonies were held by the soldiers who were all closet Satanists committed to the principles of death and WAR. Eh, but maybe none of that is true, and it's "just a game...just a game...just a game..." You ever hear of a book by private detective William Dear called "The Dungeonmaster"? Anyway, great article, my man! I'm planning on using AI to write the manual for a tabletop RPG based around gothic horror. Simple game mechanics and only need three six-sided dice. Best to you!

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    I’ve recently wanted to play this as I like the show Stranger Things where the characters play D&D. Congrats on your top story! 😀

  • Farhan Mirza about a month ago

    awesome MIKE , you are an amazing writer

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story!

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    I knew a lot of younger folks wo became completely obsessed with it. I never felt the urge. In retrospect, maybe i didn't give it a fair shake. Pam and I enjoyed gems like Myst and Riven. Even King's Quest back in the day, and Kingdom Hearts was brilliant.

  • Levi king about a month ago

    I saw a movie titled dungeons and dragon yesterday and it seem similar to this .. I am African so I don’t know this take quite well but nice write up good sir

  • Noorabout a month ago

    seems real fun

  • Godwin Bitrus about a month ago

    Reading. This sounds really interesting

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    My son (13, and it seems at the point of neurodevelopmental d&d perfection) has brought a quest to life over the family dining table. It's been going on for weeks. I remain continuously befuddled, but I'm sure if I bought myself some horns to wear it would all become clear.

  • Meghanaabout a month ago

    nice story

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    I know nothing about D&D and now after reading this, I have more questions than I had before reading, lol! But I had fun reading this! Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Gal Muxabout a month ago

    I have watched the game being played on The Big Bang Theory and on Stranger Things it looked interesting. I recently watched the movie you linked and it was very visually pleasing. Dressing up to play a game sounds cool. Also I am trying to imagine you dressed as Elvis 😄

  • Brenton Fabout a month ago

    Very well written article. Takes me back to the table top days - so much internecine bickering! - i hope you rolled for initiative first!

  • Phil Flanneryabout a month ago

    Sorry Mike, I wish I could help, I should be into gaming, I was there at the start when they left the arcades and entered our lounge rooms, but I couldn't commit. It required me to sit still for long periods of time and concentrate.

  • Kaliyah Myersabout a month ago

    This was a wonderful read and a very insightful share! Congrats on the top story and lovely work!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Congratulations, I do noy play which is weird as I love fantasy and telling stories. Glad you tried

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