Dungeons And Dragons: Roles, And Stereotypes

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The tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons, has remained a cornerstone of pop culture and is more popular than ever since its creation in 1974. However, for how popular it is, the game of D&D has largely remained secluded into a certain sect of people, geeks. Since its creation, D&D has been stigmatized based on stereotypes and bias surrounding the perceived people playing (geeks and nerds) and how the game is portrayed in mainstream media.
For example, in 1979 a 16-year-old student at Michigan State University, James Dallas Egbert III, mysteriously vanished. Egbert was a devote D&D player and many pointed towards the game as the source of his disappearance, when in reality Egbert was mentally unstable and the game
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However, there is a Dungeon Master or DM, that acts as the storyteller/narrator to describe what situations the group is about to encounter, the result of the group’s decisions, and interpreter/referee of the overall rules of the game. I’ve come to know that DM’s can act as stringently or as loosely as they want when it comes to the overall rules during the game. Additionally, DM’s must create the campaign background that will serve as the skeleton plot for the group’s quest. Additional elements must include types of enemies or NPCs (non-player characters), different scenarios based on what happens during the game, and/or types of loot/items found scattered across the game. To put it plainly, the DM is this universes “god” in manner of …show more content…
Overall, my character had brains over brawn. Next, it’s time to choose a character’s race and class. Since, there are a plethora of editions and revisions added since the original D&D game was introduced, I am only going to list the basic race and character set. Different races include: human, elf, dwarf, halfling, and half-orc. Because I rolled highly for intelligence and wisdom, and moderately for constitution and charisma it was suggested by the group I joined that I should choose either an elf or human. But I wanted to see what would happen if I made Benji a dwarf even though he was not very strong. After all, this is a game about player customization. Next, it was time to choose a class. It was explained to me by my group that choices for classes can range from edition to edition and can become increasingly complicated for a new player to understand based on subsystems of spells, abilities, vestiges, and maneuvers. So based on their recommendation I chose to be a

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