D&D Stories Bring Roleplaying Gamers Together and Create Communities

D&D Stories Bring Roleplaying Gamers Together and Create Communities

Whether gamers find themselves at a gaming store, convention, or someone’s home gaming group it’s our stories from the roleplaying games we play that unite us as a community. These bonds strengthen our existing friendship and help to create new ones.

Even if you’ve just met a fellow gamer for the first time you already have bounds to connect you together – your gaming stories. Plus what Dungeons & Dragons player doesn’t love sharing their characters or D&D builds with their peers?

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From left: Sophia, Jung, and Charles Starrett play D&D at home. From an article in the Boston Globe about D&D’s growth after fifth edition and thanks to the diversity of players. Click the image to read the full article. [Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe]

D&D stories to last a lifetime

I’ve made friends who have been in my life for 20 years because of this hobby. There are many who can boast even longer friendships than that.

I’ve seen articles and videos on the internet from people who’ve been playing a single campaign of Dungeons & Dragons for over 30 years.

I’ve listened to numerous tales of gaming groups that would meet annually just to play roleplaying games. At a certain point it goes from being just a game and hobby to being a way of life.

Heck, perhaps you’ve heard of True Dungeon. It runs at all the big conventions like GenCon, GameHole Con, and Origins to name a few off the top of my head.

Turns out Jeff created an annual get-together of friends who had drifted apart, but would still meet up once ya ear to play RPGs. He wanted to make it worth everyone’s while to come out every year and just kept making it bigger and bigger.

It would eventually become what is now True Dungeon. If you don’t know what True Dungeon is think escape rooms themed after D&D stories, but 15-20 years before I’d even heard of an escape room.

A video on D&D stories

The code of gamers

My Myself and Why, by Jennifer Ouellette, talks about how D&D memories are real.

I’ve met plenty of new friends just by wearing nerdy apparel and going to places our kindred spirits dwell like gaming stores, comic book shops, conventions, and other events of nerdom. During these random encounters we’ve got D&D stories to bring us together and give that common ground to connect through.

What are your favorite D&D stories? Let us know in the below or leave your thoughts on the video comments.

“Almost every friend I’ve got is one I either met through RPG gaming or someone I introduced to the hobby and created out own D&D stories with. The Nerdarchy crew are some of the best friends I’ve ever had, and we all met because of how much we love RPGs and spreading that joy to others. I first started playing D&D with one of my best friends growing up, and we created a custom class for second edition AD&D called the Whip Master. Thirty years later, guess what he does for a living? He’s a real life whip master! I still recall many of the awesome adventures we had back then. Did you know the memories we make around the gaming table are stored in our brains in the same place as real memories? My, Myself and Why by Jennifer Ouellette explores this idea. The stories gamers create around the table can be just as impactful as real events. This is why we cheer at our characters’ successes, cry at their losses and fondly swap stories of when we slew the dragon, rescued the villagers and saved the town. Not our characters in whatever roleplaying game we played – us. So wear your nerdy T-shirts proudly, carry dice wherever you go and welcome any and all to gamers to your table. The D&D stories you tell together will last a lifetime.” – Nerditor Doug

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My name is Dave Friant I’ve been gaming off and on for over 27 years. But here is the thing it’s always been a part of my life I’ve kept secret and hidden away. I’ve always been ashamed of the stigma that gaming and my other nerdy and geeky pursuits summon forth.

Recently I decided screw it! This is who I am the world be damned. From now on I’m gonna be a geek, nerd, or however folks want to judge me and just enjoy life.

Currently one of my greatest joys is introducing my 13 yr old son to table top RPG’s.

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My name is Dave Friant I've been gaming off and on for over 27 years. But here is the thing it's always been a part of my life I've kept secret and hidden away. I've always been ashamed of the stigma that gaming and my other nerdy and geeky pursuits summon forth. Recently I decided screw it! This is who I am the world be damned. From now on I'm gonna be a geek, nerd, or however folks want to judge me and just enjoy life. Currently one of my greatest joys is introducing my 13 yr old son to table top RPG's.

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