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Surprising benefits to playing dungeons and dragons

Amanda McCarty, Staff Writer, Videographer

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When you hear about Dungeons and Dragons, you probably imagine middle-aged adults, dressed up in medieval clothes, gathered around a large table in a dimly lit basement, rolling dice and eating junk food. But there is so much more to it than the stereotypical nerdiness. There are plenty of beneficial aspects to bringing out your creativity and stepping up to roleplay.

Role playing games require you to be on your toes. Your critical thinking will gradually improve as your character levels up and the questlines deepen. Unlike a video game, your choices are broadened and there is so much you can do with an open mind. Role playing stimulates your brain and its reasoning capacity.

There is a lot of team building when it comes to a normal session of Dungeons and Dragons. Your party has to come to important decisions on questlines. The main goal for everyone playing is to take care of each other’s characters when they get in a predicament. It greatly improves a person’s ability to communicate with others. A session of Dungeons and Dragons is a relaxed way to spend free time for the antisocial. Believe me, I know from experience.

Dungeons and Dragons is a huge textual, storytelling, world-creating experience. Studies show this helps students excel academically as well. In other words it twists reading and writing into something entertaining, as if it wasn’t already. Each session is like a chapter in a book that you’re playing through. It’s special to find something that mimics the experience of watching a movie, playing a video game, and reading, but with more interaction and impact in the story.

There are plenty of resources out there to help you get started in it. Don’t worry if there isn’t an active group in your community. Google is your friend to find one. Some groups even play online. Don’t pass up an amazing experience if you’re interested. https://www.meetup.com/topics/dnd/

 

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