Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dungeons and Dragons


            In my years I’ve been exposed to countless games.  I’ve played sports that you’ve never heard of and board games with names like “Quelf”.  I’ve played half a dozen varieties of poker, and hundreds of videogames.  I’ve played gaga and sheep and paintball, but there is one game that I’ve never played that I’ve always wanted to try.  Dungeons and Dragons.
            The telltale nerdy experience, D&D can be spotted in many a coming-of-age TV show or movie (see Freaks and Geeks).  Friends sit around a table, developing characters, going on quests, and slaying dragons.  For a reason I can’t quite explain, there is something quite appealing to me about sipping a coke, eating popcorn, and battling an army of dwarves.
            Nevertheless, I have yet to partake in a game of Dungeons and Dragons.  A Dungeons and Dragons club even exists at Park, and I’ve considered joining several times, but I never commit.  My friends can get away with playing Magic the Gathering and Skyrim, but for some reason D&D remains a taboo, social suicide, and I don’t understand why.
            So, I’ve made a pact with myself.  Over Spring Break, no matter what it takes, I will play Dungeons and Dragons.  I want to see what this game is all about, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to play.  Maybe I’m a nerd, or worse a geek, but I’m okay with that.  I’ve wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons for years, and now I’m finally ready to take that step.  I welcome anyone who cares to join me in what is sure to be memorable adventure.