Just What Is Dungeons & Dragons, Anyway?

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There’s a humorous aspect to my current position in the blogosphere. As previous discussions with SunkenThought have revealed, I do have a handful of Best Blogging Buddies, her being among them. One of the beautiful things about blogging is that you puts you in touch with interesting people that you wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise.

What I do find odd, however, is the fact that I haven’t attracted other Dungeons & Dragons fans to the blog. Despite my original D&D post blowing up in terms of visibility, it hasn’t really generated any ongoing support. My followup to it has mostly remained untouched, and that lightning-in-a-bottle remains unreplicated.

Yet, I do not believe in consorting with other fans to the exclusion of my beloved regulars. Instead, I believe it is far more productive to share my interests with my audience in hopes of perhaps showing them something new and engaging.

With all that in mind, I realized that I had talked about D&D’s resurgence, discussed the culture surrounding it, and reblogged a post or two regarding other people’s experiences. But, I never got into what the game actually is. What is D&D and how does it work?

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Enlisting the Services of a Spellcaster

 

 

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I must admit, I love the atheist group I belong to on Facebook. It reserves as a repository of pieces of pseudoscience that we can all collectively mock in a lighthearted fashion. Today, I was served with a link to a spellcaster named Dr. Ogundu. He sold a collection of spellcasting services that perhaps could assist with my dating woes. Naturally, I sent him an email explaining my plight. For your amusement, I have included the full email I sent below, and it’s a good laugh!

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Dungeons & Dragons, Women, and Grognards

 

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This is somewhat of a follow-up post to my original Dungeons & Dragons article I made some time. It has been my most successful article to date in terms of views, receiving over 2000 since its original posting. However, that visibility meant that it was ripe for receiving hit-and-run comments.

Compared to other platforms, WordPress is pretty mild in terms of nastiness in my experience. Post moderation is robust, the community is very friendly and overall I’ve found it to be a welcoming place.

But, I did receive two comments that I’d like to respond to. Usually, nasty comments for their own sake will just be trashed from the moderation queue. They will never see the light of day.

Initially, I kept these comments public because I wanted to prove that they were around. However, I decided to go back on that because I don’t want to establish that kind of precedent. After this post is up, they will be trashed. All that will be left of them are the screenshots that I took. I am not doing this for their benefit since I don’t think they will be inclined to listen. However, I do believe this might be beneficial in understanding some of the behavioral mechanisms at play for an outside observer.

With that in mind, let’s get started.

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The New Wave Of Dungeons and Dragons

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Every week, I meet up with my friends out in Columbia. Our stories are rich with larger-than-life accomplishments. In our efforts, we have saved kingdoms, faced off against fearsome dragons, explored strange and exotic lands, and have come across untold fortunes.

These are stories that come from our single greatest hobby: Dungeons and Dragons. For decades, the famed tabletop role-playing game has been a beacon of nerd culture. It has sparked the imaginations of countless people. But there has been something of a boom for the game as of late. Why is that?

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