Anyone Want to Play Dungeons and Dragons?

Hailey Swonger, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Among the plethora of extracurriculars available to students at NDA is the (Unofficial) Dungeons and Dragons league. The league has only recently been started and already has seven regular members.

“I think it’s really fun to teach new players because they have fresh ideas and always add little twists to our sessions,” senior Amber Gunderson said. She is currently running the sessions.

D&D is a table-top game that encourages quick thinking and thinking outside of the box. Gunderson described it this way: “Overall there is no exact way to play it because it is all imaginary. There is a rule book on how to play the core basics and a very loose framework, but it is all up to the dungeon master and players.”

The Dungeon Master is the one who runs the games and narrates the story. They are responsible for making sure that the game’s plot is running smoothly, and they also play the NPC’s and monsters that the players face.

Not everyone in the D&D league knew how to play at first.

“I was kind of leery because I’m not into LARPing or anything like that. However, I’m glad I tried it because it’s actually a great way to have fun with some friends,” said senior Emily Jerzyk.

LARPing, for those who don’t know, is Live Action Role-Playing. Most recognize them as people dressed up in the park running around. However, you can be assured that Dungeons and Dragons is not always going to lead to LARPing.

Gunderson commented, “I mean, it’s a personal preference. D&D might take you to that if you like role-playing that much, but I doubt it. As I said, it’s just a personal preference.”

Any student is welcome to join the players in the commons on Wednesdays at 3:30. Dice and characters will be provided for new members.

“I hope we get a lot of players because that’d be really fun for a DM. There’d be a lot of twists and turns that no one would expect,” said Gunderson.