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Are you a fan of all things nerdy? If you fancy yourself a nerd or a geek, you’ve probably at least heard of Dungeons & Dragons. This tabletop roleplaying game was first published in 1974 and since then has experienced various ups and downs, and has recently gained popularity again. In this week’s Dolley Madison Towers Blog, we’ve got a few interesting tidbits about D&D that can help you understand the game a little more.

Mechanics

When learning a new game, the first thing you need to get a grasp on is how the game is played. This is achieved by understanding the rules and the mechanics of the game. Dungeons & Dragons is played primarily through the theatre of the mind and the rolling of dice. The dice referred to are polyhedral dice ranging from 4 to 20 sided dice. Depending on what you wish to do, you may be required to roll some dice to see if you succeed or fail. Part of the fun is not only succeeding but also being open to failing.

Roleplaying

Another aspect of Dungeons & Dragons is roleplaying. Since it’s a tabletop roleplaying game, the roleplaying contributes to the enjoyment of the game. Being able to embody and play as a fictional character of your own creation has its merits and can be an escape from the stresses of real life. Roleplaying can be difficult for some people, especially if they consider themselves more introverted. If you find yourself interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons and are afraid of the roleplaying aspect, we suggest trying the game with some of your friends, the ones you’re comfortable with.

Notable Celebrities Who Play

Since the game has been around for a while there are bound to be many who enjoy playing it, but you may be surprised to find which specific celebrities are fans of the game. Here’s our short list of celebrities who have played the game:

  • Joe Manganiello (True Blood)
  • Stephen Colbert (Colbert Report)
  • Anderson Cooper (CNN)
  • Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious)
  • James Franco (Freaks and Geeks)

Try Dungeons & Dragons today by inviting your friends over to your Arlington, VA apartment for a game!