At Nerdarchy we’re excited to announce we’ve recently joined an adventuring party with Easy Roller Dice to do a series focused on teaching new players how to play Dungeons & Dragons. The problem of learning how to play D&D has often been that you need someone to teach you how to play it, an older brother, cousin, or friend of the family who already knew how to play the game! Learning how to play D&D correctly is almost something of a hybrid between written and oral traditions as the complexity of the rules can make it difficult for new players to come into the hobby. That’s how I learned to play — when I was 11 years old, my eldest brother Dave began showing me how to play Dungeons & Dragons in the 2nd edition of the game (and believe me, there were some really awkward, wonky rules — just look up THACO!). Fortunately, we now have the ability to easily share information in written, audio, and visual forms — twenty years ago you needed that mentor player, but now, we can direct you to this series of videos that we’re making for you, apprentice D&D adventurer.
Playlist on How to Play Dungeons & Dragons
The first series of videos is going to focus on introducing basic concepts of the how to play Dungeons & Dragons, character creation and the associated choices you would make such as race and class choices and then, we’ll use questions from the comments section to help inform later videos. The concept of this series is to give new RPG players bite-sized, practical information in around 5 minutes, and as the series grows, you’ll be able to search the series’ playlist for the information you need to get you started playing one of role-playing gamer’s favorite games.
While learning a RPG rules set may seem like a daunting task, you’ll find it’s one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done, and once you get the hang of it, it gets easier and easier! Easy Roller Dice has actually begun compiling the various dice needed to play various systems here, if you find yourself becoming even more RPG curious to check-out other gaming systems. Perhaps you start your gaming experience with playing a Barbarian, Fighter or Rogue, so your options are less complex (and believe me, all of these options are really fun — rogues are my favorite class!), but as you get more familiar with Dungeons & Dragons game mechanics, you might delve into playing a Bard, Cleric, or Wizard. Playing the various character class choices in D&D often comes down to personal preference of play style and the character you have an itch to play in the moment. As you get deeper into the hobby, you’ll realize there are so many stories to tell and characters that you’ll want to bring to life as the game captures your imagination — the adventures are yours for the taking! Go forth, learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons, and Stay Nerdy! – Nerdarchist Ryan
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