The Dungeons and Dragons Experience

“I would like the world to remember me as the guy who really enjoyed playing games and sharing his knowledge and his fun pastimes with everybody else.” 

― Gary Gygax, interview with GameSpy 8/15/2004

The call to adventure resides in everyone, and the opportunities to walk away from everything to pursue adventure are rare. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson birthed the modern role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons, which provides players with the perfect way to escape on epic adventures.

I happen to be one of those people called to adventure, which I found in the realms of Dungeons and Dragons. My name is Nate, and I’m addicted to D&D.

My first introduction to D&D, despite being a lifelong member of the geek community, wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s, about 3 years ago. I was reading the book, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, one of my favorites. The book is rife with D&D references and is one of the central themes in the beginning. 

This exposure was all it took to get my toes wet. I started making characters and reading books. I started looking for the best way to play my first game and quickly found a store, Gryphon Games and Comics in Fort Collins, CO, that hosted regular Adventure League games. That Saturday I showed up with a 1st level Ranger Character Sheet, and by the end of the night, fresh off the heels of a complete party wipe, I was hooked.

Since then, I’ve adopted the role of DM (dungeon master) for a bi-weekly game, and continue to be a player at least once a week. Most of my spare time outside of spending time with my family, working, and playing games is spent reading up on D&D, DM’ing, and recently, the history of D&D and role-playing games in general.

I created The DnD XP to share my experiences with D&D and to help new players take their first steps in the game. Enjoy, and please share your own experiences in the comments!

– Nate, 8th level Paladin