Here is a small introduction to the massive world of Dungeons & Dragons.

The Beginning

So what is D&D? Dungeons and Dragons, otherwise known as D&D or DnD is a TRPG (Tabletop Role-Playing Game). The game was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson back in 1974.

D&D has been the precursor to many RPG games in all game formats, from PC to card games. So the game has evolved from tabletop to many variants since the rules are a base for most games you know of today.

This includes major games such as:

  • Magic the Gathering
  • W.O.W (World of Warcraft)
  • Skyrim
  • Fallout
  • Diablo
  • And many others.

The tabletop also went digital with success with games such as:

  • Balder’s Gate
  • Neverwinter Nights
  • And more recently Dungeons and Dragons Online.

These games cannot capture the full scale of game-play and interaction that the tabletop version offers.


There are many versions and revisions of the game. Each with changes that can define which version better suits you as a player. Your skill level, how you want to play, and how the DM (Dungeon Master) runs the game are all factors you need to consider. 3rd Edition (3e for short) and 3.5 have always been the most popular.

The Basics of Playing D&D

Dungeons and Dragons Tabletop can seem very confusing at first. But once you get the flow of things, that is where the fun begins!

The game is generally played on a table with 2 – 8 players, this includes a DM (Dungeon Master).

The DM runs the game, keeps players in check, and ensures the rules are followed. The rules are what make the game come to life! The Dm is the one that knows the rules extensively, so he can also help assist you with creating your character. Including a good understanding of spells and abilities.

He/she also plays the NPCs (Non-Player Characters), enemies and creatures, traps, and of course, the Events. But a DM can run premade campaigns or create his own world or quests for players to go adventuring in.

Player’s are responsible for their own character and creatures. This includes Mounts, Familiars, and Followers. Every player gets a Character sheet to use to run their character.

It is the base for all your:

  • Stats
  • Character information
  • Back-story
  • Health
  • Spells
  • Skills
  • Inventory.

All these points evolve as you progress through the game and you gain experience.

Tools of D&D

So you are thinking “How would I do all this?” Well, with a few items and a vivid imagination the epic story can begin.

What You Need:

  • Dice
  • Paper or a way of documenting your progress (Character Sheet)
  • D&D Players Manual
  • Dungeons Master Guide
  • Any other manual that will help with your game and/or your character. (This will happen when you are more comfortable with the game)

Dice are one of the main items in the game and can be the subject to a lot of superstition and luck. Which is understandable since it’s the Dice that determines everything. Such as the effectiveness of your stats, skills, attributes, actions, and attacks.


Everything is based on chance!

That is where the dice come in. They determine successes in interactions between players and enemies and anything your character does.

You can be the best Theif but with a bad role, you can find yourself in a very sticky situation!

The general dice set contains 7 pieces. Each has a different amount of sides for a chance rate for certain things during the game. But it’s the ‘d20’ that you live by.

Don’t be intimidated by all the rules and the giant world of Dungeons and Dragons. At the end of the day, what makes this game fun is adventuring with your friends! And of course, there are many shenanigans to get into and stories to tell.

Give it time, and soon you will be creating your character that can take on Dragons and Gods.

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Richard Eccles

General Geek with a taste for everything geeky, everything from D&D to Board Games. I'm a Technical Manager to pay the bills - so spend far too much time in front of a screen.


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