How to be a better D&D player

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You like to play games. You’re probably pretty good at it. But we can all do a little better. 

Numerous things can turn a normally fun game night into a stress-inducing headache. Nobody wants that when it’s time to play Dungeons & Dragons.

Follow some of our tips, and you’ll be the monster-slaying, spell-casting, epic hero you’ve always dreamed of being. Oh, and you’ll be a hero to your gaming group, too.

Be available and be on time.

One of the hardest things about playing an RPG with several people is arranging a time when those people are available. If you’re going to commit to a game, commit to it. Make it a priority or else you won’t be able to play. Not only that, your absence can derail the good time for everyone else in the group. 

Once you’ve agreed upon a time, be courteous and get there on time. How many game sessions have to start late because one person was running behind? In a collaborative game like Dungeons & Dragons, it’s hard to start when even a single player isn’t there.

Play a character that plays well with others.

We all know the character that likes to argue with other adventurers, steal from their fellow party members, and generally cause havoc. “Lone Wolf” characters that are out for themselves and nobody else seem like fun in fiction, but RPGs are a collaborative game where everyone is generally supposed to work together. 

That’s not to say that inter-party conflict can’t be occasionally entertaining, but when one character is at everyone’s throats, it can be frustrating. When you’re working like a team that’s firing on all cylinders, you’ll all feel like superheroes. 

Get into the game.

Pay attention. Engage. Be helpful. Participate whenever possible. Even when it’s not your turn, you are a part of the game. It’s rude to be doing something else while you’re playing. Instead of being on your phone or stacking your dice, realize you’re a part of the story. This is a game about your heroic character! 

And, y’know, it’s not always about you. Sometimes the story won’t go your way or won’t be the flavor of game that’s your favorite. That’s cool. Just stick with it. And do your best to let other players shine. Nobody likes the guy who always steals the spotlight. 

Know what you want to do next. Then do it.

D&D is a game of turns and rounds and rolling dice. It can take an hour to resolve a five-minute battle, and it’s all so much more fun if it moves quickly. When it’s not your turn, pay attention and figure out your next move. Then when you’re up, you can just act. 

This is especially true if you’re playing a multi-faceted character class like a wizard with complicated spells or powers. You’ll get to play more of the game if you react quickly.

Find the fun.

If we simply wanted wizards and monsters and swords and fantasy, we’d watch a movie or read a book. There are plenty of them. But playing the game is supposed to be fun! Take risks. Do crazy stuff. Take on the big scary dragon. Do something heroic. It’s supposed to be a good time. Don’t forget that!

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