I can’t tell you just how many amazing reasons there are to play Dungeons and Dragons. Not only is it fun as hell, but is can help to better yourself as a person. Here’s the top ten reasons to play dungeons and dragons:
#1 Dungeons and Dragons Tackles Social Anxiety
This game literally forces you to interact with others. Not only does it coerce you to clearly communicate, but it also teaches you to cooperate in order to progress through the story. Dungeons and Dragons will break your proverbial shell so much as to aid in self-confidence that will extend far past your game life.
You are taken into a world that is entirely composed of the collaborative creativity of all the minds involved. In a good Dungeons and Dragons game you must imagine hilarious interactions, close battles, and early settings as your Dungeon Master Orates and pushes the story forward. As you exercise your imagination, that child-like curiosity you possess is rekindled. Thus, reviving magic that can overflow from your game into your life.
#3 You Can Make New Friends
I know this sounds cliché. However, anyone trying to convince you to participate in an activity will say “Oh, come on! You can make new friends!” But know that when I say this about Dungeons and Dragons, I mean it! It is literally impossible to put so much work into creating a story with people and not form meaningful relationships. What’s great about Dungeons and Dragons forced interactions is that it breaks down everyone’s walls down so they work together. Dungeons and Dragons was never meant to be a solo endeavor.
Now I will say that sometimes Dungeons and Dragons will not always bring people together. However, it will bring you together with the right people. In other words, it will show you the kind of people you get along with naturally, and it can teach you how to cooperate with those you find it hard to agree with. You may even find common ground amongst those people. Which leads us into the next reason to play.
#4 You Gain a Better Understanding of Yourself (and Your Potential Friends)
Every character you create, without exception, is an extension of yourself. Your imagination stems from the inner workings of your mind. Analyze your characters carefully; a character that has tension in their close relationships could reflect into some of your own personal struggles. A Dungeon Master that rewards too much may struggle with being too generous in their own lives. Even when you play a character that is completely different from yourself, you learn about what it is you don’t stand for. I urge you to delve deeply into who your character is and why. You will learn invaluable things about who you are as a person, in turn. Also, be sure to pay close attention to your party members and how they play their characters. It will teach you about them as people too.
Something about Dungeon and Dragons that you inevitably grow to understand is that your character’s feelings and ideals may be quite different than your own about the present situation. That campaign conflict and conflict between characters should remain in that context. Conflict between your character and another player’s character should not mix between you and the other player as people. It’s called roleplaying for a reason. This separation is necessary and as you learn of this separation, it will illuminate to you the importance of keeping your personal feelings apart from your professional life. This will help you grow within your career and your life in general.
#6 You Learn the Art of Improvisation
Improv is a key component to Dungeons and Dragons because you never really know what your Dungeon Master is going to throw at you, nor what your dice rolls will be. It doesn’t matter how much you prepare, a single bad roll can throw off your whole scheme. Whether you’ve been undercover and your cover has been blown, or you just lost ninety percent of your hit points from the tail whip of a mighty ice dragon, you WILL be caught off guard. As it is in nature, and throughout all human history, in order for your character to survive these situations you must adapt. As the Marines say “Improvise and Overcome.” Improvisation is an invaluable skill, that you can train with this game. Once you’ve played the game enough and refined this skill, you’ll find that you’ll be using improv throughout your life unknowingly. This can help you progress exponentially through the obstacles in your life.
#7 You Become a Proficient Storyteller
Anyone can tell a story, but Dungeons and Dragons can generate some of the best stories you will ever tell! When playing you act as a collaborative author, and best of all, you get to create this story while playing a game! The dice rolls in Dungeons and Dragons make it impossible to just hack and slash your way through the game. Unless of course you roll constant criticals….*cough* loaded die *cough* *cough*. But seriously, failing dice rolls help to bring more flavor and excitement to the story.
After enough time is invested into Dungeons and Dragons, you will have accumulated a vast library of stories to tell. There’s no better way to break the ice, entertain family and friends, or to stir the imagination of your children, than by telling these fantastic tales.
#8 It Teaches You to Take Risks
You take chances often in Dungeons and Dragons. There isn’t a better place to practice risk-taking than within a campaign. This is because you can take these risks without any real consequence. Your character acts as a surrogate for the consequences of your choices. A risk gone wrong could very well mean the death of an important Non-Player Character, your own Character’s death, or may change the status of your character to the general public. Each risk you take will teach you to more accurately weigh the consequences so that you can gamble smarter both in and out of game.
#9 It Aids in Developing Your Moral Compass and Defining Your Boundaries
Something that is imperative to the way every character plays is their alignment. These alignments drive your characters thoughts, feelings, desires, and actions within the game. The more you play Dungeons and Dragons, and the more alignments you experiment with, the more your own alignment as a human being is drawn to the forefront of your awareness. You will begin to understand what makes up your core values and this will help to shape and refine your moral compass. Not only will you understand what it is you do and do not agree with, but you’ll understand why. This lays the foundation for setting your personal boundaries. After all, how can you set boundaries if you don’t know where it is you stand?
If you want to know more about alignments, check out my post about Basic Character Creation. There I break down all the alignments and what they mean. So, if you’re not sure what alignment is, that will help you out.
This last one is self-explanatory. You know you’ve found a great game when you have a good group of people you have a grand time with. It’s a good and healthy distraction from the menagerie of every-day life, and a great way to recharge your energy.
Thank you all so much for reading! I hope this has given you prospective players and dungeon masters out there inspiration to pursue playing Dungeons and Dragons! Please don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for updates and more content. And don’t forget to leave a comment if there’s anything you’d like to add!
Author: Ven’Orik (Zach)
I’m just a regular nerd with a passion for storytelling and fantasy. Growing up I read books by Tolkein and C.S. Lewis, and this solidified my love for the genre. I first started playing D&D when I was 13 and have been pursuing it since. I’m just here to share my knowledge and hopefully learn a thing or two from all of you as well!