Gaming with a Grain of Salt is finally tackling the big one, the mother of all gaming stereotypes: Dungeons and Dragons. True fans of the game, you may want to stop reading here. It’s about to get really ridiculous.
Our crew is called “Bruncheons and Dragons” because the right way to play is with tons of food and preferably alcohol (if you are 21 and over). Primarily, because the game goes on for hours and you need to keep your strength up, and also, because alcohol is incredibly helpful in thinking up how to talk rabid bandits out of shooting you.
We don’t play the “true” Dungeons & Dragons, with the fancy board and whatever else the “Stranger Things’’kids are messing with. As I need to be reminded repeatedly, what we actually play is “Warhammer,” which to my untrained eye looks just like the original but without a board game, less dragons and more dwarves.
It may already be obvious that I am not a qualified expert on D&D. But to fair, I don’t play with a dedicated group of role players. In fact, only one of us even really knows how to play — our fearless Dungeon Master who writes and runs the games. The rest of us are constantly pestering him for help escaping, remembering which dice we’re using or saying the right made-up name.
But my own failings, I really enjoy playing. It’s absolutely hilarious if you play it right. We always end up having to stop the game for laughing fits over fighting enemies with frying pans or epically bad rolls for romantic attempts.
D&D is also the best creative outlet for gaming, with infinite options for creating your character and how you play. You get to choose literally every action and aspect of the game, and there are no limits. I’m currently playing as a killer woman priest obsessed with finding the best marriageable guys, and one of my friends is a vegan elf who gives lectures in taverns. It’s a hot mess, but it’s a fun one.
It’s also the most social gaming experience I’ve ever had. Sure, you can invite a friend over for multiplayer video games, or just take turns playing whatever video game is currently cool, but D&D requires friends and spending time together. If you get a good crew, it can be a great way to hang out on the weekends.
Unfortunately, all these perks also make the game very complicated for whoever’s running it. To play, you need at least one friend who knows all the rules, dice rolls, background history, ridiculous list of gods, towns and essentially a whole universe. It sounds exhausting. You also need a ton of supplies, including all the game books, sets of dice and whatever else the Dungeon Master is hiding in all the binders.
So, if you’re the one student on campus right now that has the time, money, and know-how necessary for playing D&D, get your own group together for some sessions.
Bruncheons and Dragons: 8/10