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ABOUT ROLEPLAYING and PLAYING D&D

 

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When you're first introduced to a hobby, a lot of things are probably explained up front so you can participate (or at least understand what you're seeing). People take the time to explain things like the rules, the environment, and what to expect when you're new. They might not explain some basic elements, however, because they assume you already know or will figure them out as you go. But hobbies can get strange quickly, with all kinds of tools and terms people don't see every day. Filling in these gaps can help everyone get on the same page and have a less confusing experience.

It can be difficult for new people to understand why they should give roleplaying a try -or what a game like Dungeons and Dragons has to offer - because some of the basic things that need explaining don't make it into the books. It's taken for granted that folks understand everything, especially now that D&D has been in the mainstream for years. But hearing about D&D on YouTube and playing it yourself are two very different things.

There are also controversial issues involved in playing tabletop RPGs, and it can be difficult to know where to find good information about them. For instance, D&D was once smeared in the press due to the Satanic panic of the 1980s. There are still rumors about the game being tied to demons, and people can still get heated when you ask about such matters. The same goes for women in gaming. Even though there are more women involved at every level of the hobby than ever before, it can be nearly impossible to discuss them on social media without the conversation being hijacked by increasingly ugly comments. Those kinds of negative experiences can turn people off and make them reconsider being part of the hobby in the first place. But there's no reason we can't review these things calmly here, and there's every reason to try.

At first glance, roleplaying can seem like a horribly complicated hobby, and a strange one, to boot. But when we break it down, roleplaying becomes perfectly comprehensible and even more enjoyable - and can keep us entertained for a lifetime.

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The Basics of Roleplaying: An Introduction to the Hobby - An in-depth introduction to the basic elements of roleplaying games.

 

 

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The Basics of Dungeons and Dragons - An in-depth introduction to the basic elements of Dungeons and Dragons in particular.

 

 

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Troubles Outside the Game: A look at Real LifeTM issues that can make it difficult to enjoy the hobby of roleplaying.

 

 

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Women in Gaming: A look at women as characters and as participants in rolelplaying.

 

 

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Why You Should Say "Yes" to the DM: Advice on giving your DM a chance to run something different, not just for your fun but for their own.

 

 

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The Character Palette: Dig deeper into your character by filling in a different kind of sheet!

 

 

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"My Stories are On!": What Tabletop Gamers Can Learn from Soap Operas: A series of articles for players and Dungeon Masters about soap opera tricks and tropes that can lead to better characters and stories.

 
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