While I grew up playing board games like Balderdash and Guillotine, I never did any Pen and Paper Role Playing Games. My first RPG experience wasn’t D&D, but actually Edge of Empire Star Wars RPG. We did a campaign with our board game group and it was quite fun.
About a year later, my husband James and I both expressed interest in playing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, especially with how well D&D 5th Edition was received. James had played D&D with his uncles when he was a kid, so he had some experience. James’ coworker and wife also wanted to get back into D&D after playing some campaigns with their kids in previous years. We had a group, we ordered the players’ rulebook, and started to create our characters.
I poured over the players’ handbook with excitement. I had previously played D&D Wrath of Ashardalon Adventure Game and Lords of Waterdeep, so I knew a little bit of the lore, but not much. I decided to go with a Drow (Dark Elf) Rogue. After hearing how evil the drow were, I decided to start reading the Legend of Drizzt books. decided to be a goodly dark elf. In retrospect, my group and I should’ve have created characters together, because none of us were strength based characters. I’d highly suggest creating characters together on your first campaign.
We’ve been playing D&D for several months now and it’s been incredibly fun. My husband James got really into painting miniatures, planning campaigns as the DM, and even has another D&D group at work. I really enjoy reading the Drizzt books and buying cool dice. My favorite part of D&D is the interactions and immersion that I have with my group. About a month ago I decided to switch my character to a Dwarf Paladin, because I couldn’t role play a rogue very well. My husband the DM was very accommodating. I’m enjoying playing a dwarf paladin as dwarves are awesome and paladin are typically lawful good. I think it’s important to choose a character that is easy for you to role play on your first campaign.
My D&D group likes to have a good balance of battles and puzzles. personally don’t like very long, drawn out battles, and like short skirmishes instead. My D&D group also likes to haggle with shop owners, figuring out the best deals. D&D is really what you make it, and what your individual group and DM want to design it as.
We’ll continue playing D&D throughout the year, and in the future, try out different RPGs such as Shadowrun and doing Force and Destiny Star Wars RPG. I hope to try out being a DM on a Star Wars campaign in the future, since I’m very well versed in the lore. For now, I’ll keep being a Dwarf Paladin rolling my D20s.
Quick Tips for Starting a D&D campaign:
- Find a group that shares interests
- Find someone willing to DM and plan campaigns
- Create characters together to ensure a balanced team
- Try to be as consistent as possible with scheduling sessions
- Buy any accessories (minis, dice, etc) as you see fit
- Always have good food and drink while playing
- Buy the Players’ Handbook, Monster Manual, and DM Handbook
- Read any D&D books for extra lore/background knowledge if desired
Ramblings From a Geek Posts are written by Tessa Van Boxtel, who writes reviews on her website, boardgameduel.com