Tabletop Games Club – Dungeons and Dragons

November 1, 2019

On Friday, October 4, we got the chance to interview and learn about the Saint John’s School’s Dungeons and Dragons Club and/or Tabletop Games Club. We learned how this dynamic game works and we got the chance to see the magic that takes place during every match.  

 Dungeons and Dragons, known from the Netflix TV show “Stranger Things” is a very popular game that goes all the way back to the year 1974. It was first introduced by the creators of the fantasy game, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. This tabletop role playing game was published by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. and then went on to be published by Wizards of the Coast in 1997.  D&D is currently the most popular and successful tabletop role playing game, that has influenced and inspired many video games as well as books. The evolution of D&D itself began with “Chainmail”, a game written by Gary Gygax and Jeff Perren to simulate medieval combat. Since then, D&D has been growing and progressing individually throughout the years. 

D&D contains many key concepts and basic rules. The Dungeon Master participates as both the narrator and referee. It’s their job to describe the world and provide information on what these characters might find along the way. The Dungeon Master also plays all the monsters and characters that those heroes may meet in those adventures. The players play individual characters as wizards, thieves, priests etc… They use different spells or abilities to overcome the obstacles that the dungeon master must adjudicate. A Dungeons and Dragons game typically takes about 1-2 hours, but it could take longer depending on the players. Andres Cerda, leader of the Tabletop Games Club stated, “The basic flow of the game is that the dungeon master describes the scene, the player tells him what they want to do and then based on what they want to do, the dungeon master will either have them roll for it if it’s something difficult like climbing a cliff or if it’s something simple like pouring a glass of water. The results of your roll will determine what happens. 

For more information contact leader and creator of the club, Andres Cerda to find out where they meet, when they meet, and how to join the club.  

“I think the game gives students a really excellent chance to just use their imaginations and engage with each other in a way that’s productive and not what you would think of it as a traditional learning experience. At the core of it, it’s just a really fun game with very interesting mechanics that take really intelligent thought process to engage.”- John La Rue. 

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