The Art of Storytelling in D&D

I love a good story. Several of my friends are especially talented in telling stories. Last night, I had the privilege of joining them in playing Dungeons and Dragons for the first time in my life. 

It was explained to me that it is better to think of D&D, not as a game, but as a structure to create a story. The "Dungeon Master" sets the stage and plot, then the characters (us) add the details to the story. Dice are then used to decided how well those characters can use their abilities as the story plays out. It is an interactive story with chance that makes the whole experience more real and less random.

There were five of us last night, one Dungeon Master and four Characters. After I had created a character, we went on a journey to help a small town that was having an issue with their crops. An Orc attacked us at camp, but luckily we were able to survive. One of us got a good scar out of it and my character obtained a nice dagger. It was a great night.

With all the stereotypes in our culture about D&D, I never would have thought I would enjoy it as much as I did. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story. 

Have you every played D&D? What was your experience?