I’ve been out of commission since Sunday (with brief, failed attempts to be productive, followed closely by vomiting) due to a bout of gastroenteritis. I meant to blog this on Monday, but anyway, here I am.
Last Friday night, I played my very first game of Dungeons and Dragons with some friends and it was pretty great. It was also pretty intense. There were a couple of moments in the beginning where I had trouble keeping a straight face while the Dungeon Master and the other players were getting into character. And while I never really took on the tone of others (I named my character Jeff, after this guy) it soon stopped being funny and started getting real.
Though I’m quite a nerd, I’ve never played tabletop role-playing games, and now that I have, I’m starting to wonder why DnD has such a bad reputation. Sure, it’s complicated and esoteric and even the people I know who play don’t actually talk about it…okay, so maybe I answered my own question.
But DnD is pretty easy to pick up, and it seems, depending on the person running the game, sympathetic to the newbies. It’s certainly no more complicated to understand than baseball or football. And really, it’s as fun a way to spend a few relaxed hours with friends, pizza, and diet orange soda as I can think of.