Dungeons and Dragons is a table top role playing game that has worked its way into thousands of homes across the world. Once you come across it, you can no longer resist the charm of getting into character and coming up with a story on the fly.
Whether you are a child or an adult, nothing beats the feeling of immersing yourself into a fantasy heroic realm, summoning your skills and powers to perform feats of great bravery and courage.
Here are some frequently asked questions and tips to help you enjoy the play.
1)What is the goal of the game play in Dungeons and Dragons?
Dungeons and Dragons is mostly an open-ended game, meaning achieving the objective in your play is determined by the story that your game is following. It is in how you expand the story and the adventure that creates your target objective, and as it is a collaborative story telling game, the options of where the story can take you are virtually limitless. We can say that the goal of the game is to get you having as much fun as possible in creating your fantasy world.
2)What do you need to start playing Dungeons and Dragons?
Basically the bare minimum for starting a game of Dungeons and Dragons is yourself and your creative story line. The essence of the game is role playing, so if you can be able to take on another personality and run with it you are good to go. However to enhance the game experience and create a platform that allows you to enjoy the game with your friends and colleagues, the game has some accessories and some form of rules. The key ones being the character sheets that define our characters and keep track of what their powers and skills are, the set of dice that brings in the aspect of chance to even out the probabilities in the game and a white board or paper where you can draw where your adventure takes place.
3)What is the minimum and maximum number of players in a single game?
The minimum number needed to play a game of dungeons and dragons is one person. The maximum number of people comes down to the group dynamics of the players. As it is a story creating and telling affair, there will be an optimal number of people that go round with their story lines and still keep the game play moving forward. Some people say a group of more than six is too many, while some recommend a minimum of four people to come up with as crazy plots as possible.
4)Who is the Dungeon Master and does he take part in the play?
The Dungeon Master is the narrator who begins the story telling and leaves you to create your preferred ending, all the while adjusting the conditions to prevent you from automatically getting the perfect ending. The Dungeon Master act as the referee and in a loose way guides the play. He/ she come up with the storyline that the other characters, termed as the Party follow. He cannot become part of the party but plays as the other characters that the party engages with.
5)How do you become a character?
In Dungeons and Dragons you decide the character you wish to be. To enjoy the game you need not to limit yourself to specific stereotypes of what you choose to be, however to even things out a bit, there are some guidelines that help the players to keep track of what the characters they adopted can do and not do.
6)What kind of character can you become?
In the (sub) formal game rules, there is a classification of characters according to race and class. The race is the kind of “creature” character you are and includes human, elf, gnome, dwarf, tiefling, genasi, goliath, aarakocra and others depending on the version of the game. The class defines the “occupation” of your character. So your character might be a fighter, a rogue, a wizard, a sorcerer, a druid, a monk, a cleric, a barbarian and others. Combining the race with class abilities can give many options for deciding on characters.
7)How many rules do you need to learn/ know before you can play Dungeons and Dragons?
A game of Dungeons and Dragons is best enjoyed in an easygoing environment; it requires collaborative strategy rather than antagonistic competition. You do not need to have crammed a full rulebook to join the play; in fact you can join in even with the most basic rule- that you create your storyline. It helps to be playing with good guys, a good set of dice, and a great dungeon master who can teach you the rules as you go along.
8)What kind of Dice is used in Dungeons and Dragons
If you are used to playing table top role playing games that use the 6 sided dice, an introduction to the dice used in Dungeons and Dragons can be mind boggling. This game uses 7 different kinds of dice. A 4 sided dice, 6 sided dice, 8 sided dice, 10 sided dice, 10 sided percentile dice, 12 sided dice and a 20 sided dice.
9)How many versions of Dungeons and Dragons are there
Dungeons and Dragons has evolved and developed over the years since its inception in 1974. Different versions of the game, called editions have been released to the public over time. The company that officially owns the game, Wizards of the coast produces material that players can use to guide the game play and enhance the story experience. Other editions that followed the original edition are; the second edition in 1989, the third edition in 2000, the fourth edition in 2008 and the fifth edition in 2014.
10)Can you play Dungeons and Dragons Online?
There are several variants of the game on the online space. Some of the most popular are the multi-player version that you can play with different people all over the world. You can also set up an interactive game with your pals and play via webcam.
The most important thing to remember about Dungeons and Dragons is that the rules are meant to mostly guide you and not to limit the extent of your creativity. With assistance from the Dungeon Master, bending the rules here and there can be encouraged so long as it helps further the story along and adds more fun in the play.