Dungeons and Dragons Club: Rolling Their Way Into The School


Now this will come as a shock to a lot of our readers, but Stranger Things did not create Dungeons and Dragons. Instead, Dungeons and Dragons came into existence by a man named Gary Gygax in 1971. While I’d love to give you the entire oral history of Dungeons and Dragons, this article is not about that. Instead, this is about our own Dungeons and Dragons club here at ACP. Now I do need to warn you that I am both a club officer and a Dungeon Master for the club. Does that mean that my information will be biased? Yes. Will it be true? Also yes.

But what exactly is Dungeons and Dragons (DnD)? Well, Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop game where you work together with other players to collectively tell a story. Each player follows a set of rules to determine who they play. Players pick from a list of jobs and a list of fantasy races, then fill in some information and write a personality. There is then a Dungeon Master (DM) who sets the scene for the other players, with them acting as the heroes in a story. A common misconception is that the Players and DM are fighting against each other. This isn’t true. Instead, the Dungeon Master creates a narrative that the Players work through. That is the very basics of Dungeons and Dragons, as the system itself is very deep and complex.

Source: Wizards of the Coast

The Dungeons and Dragons club is very easy to join; all you have to do is find the posters around the school and scan the QR code. This will take you to a signup sheet. You are then assigned to a group based on what days you can play. This is where things get a bit weird as the next couple of steps differ based on the DM of the group, but if you do join in, they should contact you for other information and walk you through the process of making a character. The club has three DMs this year, and I happen to be one of them along with Noella Poyzer and Valerie Yasnogorodskiy. There are a lot of differences in our styles of DMing and we each have special rules that we play with, so it’s important to talk to your DM first before you do any research on what you want to play. The club also has a Discord, which is the main method of communication for most of the players, but the club officers and the DMs will have any contact information you give when you sign up. We hope this article can help any of you find your next fun hobby, and if you want to listen in on Dungeons and Dragons, I run my sessions every Wednesday after school in Prof. Peter’s Room. Anyone is welcome to come and listen in. Go Knights!