Dungeons and Dragons Explained

Here are some basic misconceptions about D&D:


If you play it then you’re a Satan worshipper/blasphemer

Pfft. What happens in your D&D game is up to the DM and the players, if y’all really want to have that element in your story, then it’s up to you.
Our players don’t play as characters who worship demons or pit fiends, but they do sometimes worship other gods.
It’s important to keep in mind the separation of player and character.


If you play it then you’re more likely to have violent outbursts/thoughts

Sorry friends, if you’re having violent outbursts then I would say that there’s a larger, underlying problem there.


If you play it then you’re a nerd

Well, I’m not going to say that this one is completely untrue. I consider myself a nerd, but I’m also pretty damn cool.


It’s complicated

It’s only as complicated as your DM makes it. Ultimately it should be fun!
If s/he wants you to keep track of how much your gold weighs, when you last had a drink, what type of socks your character is wearing etc; and that spoils the fun, then tell them.


You need special figures and maps to play

I bought a large, squared dry-erase sheet and I use dry-erase markers to draw out the battlefield. I rely on descriptive language to help set the scene. Before I bought my huge mat, I printed 1-inch squares onto normal paper and then laminated it.

As far as figurines go: cut an index card into strips, write a character’s name on each, attach a mini binder clip, remove the arms, et voila! Standees for your characters.


Dungeon Master (DM) – The DM is in charge of the game, they are narrating the story, describing the action, playing the non-player characters, awarding experience points, and enforcing the rules.

Player – The player is the person sitting at the table, your friend, colleague, relative etc.

Character – This is the person that the player has fabricated. Everything the player needs to build their character can be found in The Players’ Handbook. You can choose from multiple races, and then within those races there are different sub-races. Once you know if you’ll be a gnome or an elf, or a human etc., you then choose what class you want to play as. Will you be a wizard? A paladin? A rogue? A bard?
It is important to keep in mind the separation of player and character, this is just make believe.

Dungeon – Any area to be explored, it doesn’t have to be a dungeon, it could be a maze, or vast forest.

Non-Player Character (NPC) – NPC’s are any character that isn’t controlled by one of the players, they are always played by the DM. An example of an NPC could be the shop keep that just got robbed, or a noble who looks down their nose at everything. NPC’s populate the world.

I hope this little guide will be a helpful reference for when you’re reading the D&D roundup posts, if there’s anything that’s confusing, or that you think I’ve missed out, please leave a comment below, or visit our Facebook page, or tweet us!


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