Imagine that you’re seated at a table with your eyes closed, listening to an audio book where you are a main character. Now, imagine that all of your friends are there, too, playing their own respective characters in your narrative. Now, imagine that your audio book was ever-changing, adapting, and your decisions affected the entire story-line.
That’s Dungeons and Dragons.
I’m a 23-year-old woman from Arizona, and I’ve been playing D&D since I was 15 years old. I occasionally did theater, occasionally played sports, but was never really defined as the “nerdy” girl. This was the first really nerdy thing I ever did, and I will never go back, for one simple reason.
Girls love drama (even if we’re just watching it), and in this game, you can CONTROL THE DRAMA! Let me show you what I’m talking about.
The image above is a sketch I made of my current group (I do my own fan art). They are the best Dungeons and Dragons group, ever! From my perspective, anyway. Each character has had dramatic, life-altering vein in our story. The one I want to talk about today, is mine.
My character is the one on the far left of the picture, Arya Morghulis (yup, I totally ripped her name from Game of Thrones). She’s part angel, who deals with her problems by punching them in the face and stealing their stuff. She’s the definition of “she’s beauty and she’s grace, she’ll punch you in the face”, and she is currently going through a freaking love triangle!!! She has been dubbed Arya “Hot Lips” because she’s the only character who has kissed more than one person.
On the left we have Victor, super hot, giant-blooded (wink wink) blacksmith.
On the right we have Groshnak, super passionate, super sweet, and totally into her.
It’s turned into a soap opera! Seriously! Arya just wanted to kick her angel dad off his high horse, but then she got wrapped up in all this dramatic “will-she-won’t-she” stuff. I gotta admit, it’s very, very fun to play out.
I get to decide which way my character will go in a pivotal romantic entanglement in a story that I didn’t have to painfully write out and invent. It was pretty awesome. I’m not gonna tell you what she chose, but right afterwards, Arya went out and utterly destroyed a bunch of bad guys. How very James Bond of her.
D&D gives you the opportunity to be anything or anyone. You can be Wonder Woman, an angel, a Disney princess, or even Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I had another character that was a complete Disney Princess, she had an evil stepmother, could speak to animals, the works! Just a warning, though, you will become obsessed with buying different kinds of pretty dice.
Seriously, girls, go find a bunch of friends and play Dungeons and Dragons. You can be the princess, or the dragon, or both! Your choice. Any way you roll the dice, you’re bound to make a story you won’t forget.