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Dungeons & Dragons – Building Inner Worlds, While Our Outer World Shakes About

D & D by Candlelight, January 6th (Power Outage)

As a 30 year Dungeons & Dragons Player (Played in my late teens, late twenties, and now) I’ve been delving into the limitless imaginative world of D & D for quite some time

It’s always been my ‘pure’ place of creative expression

Primarily as a Dungeon Master, lately as both Player & DM

Let’s face it, the last several years on our planet have truly been challenging

From climate change, to rising tensions between countries, to public demonstrators/outcries, literally everywhere

For me D & D has never been an ‘escape’ like for many

For me it has been an unbridled landscape of imaginative exploration…


…and theatrical portrayals

But reality keeps banging on the door, doesn’t it

Now more than ever we need our storytellers, and our stories

To come together in a world, inward, if not yet outward

Fortunately Dungeons & Dragons has truly blown up

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‘Stranger Things’

Between enormous amounts of written content created by ‘Wizards of the Coast’ itself…

…to Independent companies like ‘Kobold Press’

And thousands upon thousands of community members, throwing their creations up on DMsGuild…

…and DriveThruRPG

And thriving live streams like…

…Critical Role’, bringing the friendships, hilarity and immersive qualities of our game into the homes of so many who never really got what the big deal was about Dungeons & Dragons

To Podcasts & more

Our community is thriving

It’s coming together…

Perhaps helping to create a social template, one would hope our world might follow, or learn from someday

All I can say is, keep doing what you’re doing with hopes of a rippling effect that might echo across our real world




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Reign Of The Compassionate Nerds (D & D)

It’s funny, when I was a kid, I was extremely shy…

In fact, when I was at school, I barely spoke, and by the 8th grade, had missed nearly 1/3 of the year

Kids were not nice about this

And so I moved out of state to give living with my dad a go

It was better, but it was lonely

I remember as a kid, I was enthralled by the concept of Dungeons & Dragons

In fact, one of my Mom’s friends played behind closed doors with some of his friends, and I was always so intrigued

I longed to play when I was like 12-16, but I had no friends really, and the ‘nerds’ of the time, to be honest, spent more time arguing about rules, than actually playing

That’s when I came to the realization that if I was ever to actually play Dungeons & Dragons, I’d have to run it myself

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So I picked up the Red Book

I was intrigued by Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, but I wasn’t much of a Reader, so I started with the Basic Rules

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Followed shortly by the Expert Rules (Blue Book)

At some point, a guy my brother and I knew, invited us to play in his Warhammer RPG game, which was awesome

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He had a huge collection of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books, and when he stepped away from the game, he gave them to us

So from that point forward, I started to weave in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Rules Etc. as well

I played in my late Teens & late Twenties, and it was amazing

But I never really fit in with the ‘D & D’ crowd

Not to be mean or anything, but more than just arguing over rules, they seemed to place their egos completely in the game

The guys that ran the games in particular, though they were great in some ways, were kinda out of control in regards to thinking they were flat out smarter/better than anyone else at the table

Those were my experiences though, not necessarily others

Anyway, In my 30’s it was ‘World of Warcraft’ for me, spent 4 1/2 years in there

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But my 40’s found their way to Dungeons & Dragons 5e

Initially through my Dungeons & Dragons Twitter Account, which lead me to it

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It also lead me to an extremely ‘inclusive’, and deeply friend based show, called ‘Critical Role’

I started watching on Episode 70ish of Season One, and did my best to catch it when I could

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But something I noticed about the Dungeons & Dragons Community, is there was less ‘meanness’.

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Less, ‘Elitism’, which was my original experience of the D & D community

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Sure, it’s still out there

But for the most part, I do believe, it is the ‘Reign Of The Compassionate Nerds’

Nuff Said

Thanks for Listening/Reading




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Critical Role

Though I started playing D & D in the 80’s, and once again in the 90’s, when I reentered the game in 2017, it became very clear that ‘Critical Role’ had come onto the scene, and was making a huge impact

Especially towards New Players, and shattering preconceived notions of what Dungeons & Dragons is…

I started watching their First Season at around Episode 70, and slowly caught up, but never completely…

…and when I attempted to leap forward to the Finale of Season One, it was too emotional, I stopped watching it, lol

But I did jump in to their Second Season from the beginning, and have watched many of that Campaign.

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In the beginning, Travis’s portrayal of Grog in Season One was my favorite, what a great Character… So much heart, and raw silliness… And a bad a$$ in battle

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Having always been a Dungeon Master, I felt Matt was one hell of a Storyteller, and Content Creator… And no one could be more convicted at being, and doing good

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But it wasn’t until the Second Campaign that Laura Bailey really blew me away with her amazing Character Portrayal as Jester, she really set the bar for the rest of them right from the go

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From the beginning I could see that the ‘Lightning In The Bottle’ for ‘Critical Role’, was their friendships with one another

It’s so easy to get involved on every level with these Thespians of the Voice Over World, and though I don’t, and haven’t watched every one of their multitude of Episodes, it’s always good to know their there, from Sam’s Weekly Ads, Ashley’s soft spoken bad a$$-ness, Marisha’s endless pool of desire to go forward, Liam’s somber characters, or Taliesin’s elaborate Black TShirt collection, they deserve all that they are achieving



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