Dungeons & Dragons 101

Everything you need to know to get started in the role-playing masterpiece

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - People around the world play Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). It’s one of the most celebrated games since its debut in 1974. In early 2023, a successful film came to cinemas. With all of the buzz about it, we asked the gaming experts at Gamers XP in Shreveport about how someone can get into the game. According to owner/managers Chance Mahon and Tres Caldwell, it’s not as daunting as you might think. Here are a few tips to begin your quest into the world of D&D.

1. Know someone that has played the game.

2. Buy a D&D Handbook and the Starter Kit. These will help you and four (or more) of your friends begin with pre-made characters and a story. As you progress, you can create your own story and character more suited to what you want.

3. The average game can last between two and four hours. You can pause the game and pick it back up at a later date.

4. To really experience the fun, Gamers XP hosts a Beginners Night for Dungeons & Dragons. Stop by Sunday nights at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. You’ll meet all sorts of fun people, learn how to play and go on your first quest.

5. Know that the Dungeon Master tells the story and leads the players through the adventure.

6. There are plenty of online videos and forums to explore.

Anyone can play so don’t be intimidated. They have kids as young as 8 and the kid-at-heart as old as 60. You will eventually be able to play as a character you create. D&D products grow from the Starters Kits all the way to terrain options, miniatures and figurines and of course the dice.

This is the game with the 20-sided dice

Prices for D&D dice range from $4 to over $100. This hobby can be done inexpensively (less than $50) to get started. Some serious players can fill up their basement and spend thousands of dollars.

Good luck on your D&D adventure!

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Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.