3/26/13

Why My Children Will Play DND

*This post is part of a new segment I will be doing. Each week I will do a post focusing on at least 1 nerdy thing that I am loving. It won't always be a DND post but this one is. 

I have discussed Dungeons and Dragons on this space for years now. Those who follow my blog probably know that Chad's and my love blossomed over a table top of dice and DND Books. It's a wonderful past time that we share with each other and our friends. We even try and play to this day. I hope that we will always play!


Now, if you haven't played Dungeons and Dragons, you may assume that it's a bunch of nerds pretending to be heros. Well, first of all, you are totally right. Second of all, there is even more to it than that. There are actually a lot of great qualities about the game and my hope is that everyone can experience it at some point in there life.

Because DND has become such a fond part of our lives, I am determined to introduce it to our children. They don't have to play as religiously as Chad and I did if they choose not to (but I am sure they will want to, it's amazing) but I want them to at least try.



Here are my reasons why my children will play (or at least be introduced) to Dungeons and Dragons:

1. Problem Solving. Dungeons and Dragons makes you think. You are often faced with a problem or an enemy. The character you create has a specific skill set, so you must use what you have and solve the problem or defeat the enemy. That may mean using your surroundings (or the surroundings provided by your Dungeon Master), using your other players, or just getting in there and getting your hands dirty. Kids would be able to learn how to resolve a situation. For example "how are we going to cross this rapidly flowing river that will surely drowned us? Oh I know! I have a grappling hook and some rope that we can use!" Or "Oh no! That Dragon is huge and is amazingly holding two wands in his "thumbs". What will we do? I know! I will have our Rogue distract him while our Ranger shoots the Dragon's "thumbs" so he drops the wands". (That really was a cheap move Chad, Dragons don't have thumbs :))

2. Creativity. Not only are you required to solve problems but you get to use your imagination and creativity. Unlike video games or movies, you have to imagine the surroundings and characters on your own. You can make your character talk a certain way or have a specific back story. It's an excellent way for a child to create something all their own. I believe that creativity is more important in life than anyone gives it credit. For reals.

3. Team Building. Not only sports provide Team Building but Dungeons and Dragons does too. In a campaign you have multiple players. The Dungeon Master (DM) who weaves the story and other players that are traveling with you on this adventure. Each player's character has their own strengths which means you can work together to solve problems. This also fosters real life friendships. Chad has had the same group of friends since Elementary School. I am not lying. He has known most of them since they were at least 10 years old if not younger. And their friendship, like our love, blossomed over Dungeons and Dragons.

4. Builds Confidence. Not everyone is going to be the star quarterback on the football team. Though sports are amazing and I will totally encourage my children to participate in them (I played many growing up), I think that parent's often think thats the ONLY way to build confidence in their children. Not true! Dungeons and Dragons is all about creating a character that is just AWESOME. Whether it be a strong fighter, a sneaky rogue, a powerful mage, your child gets to feel freaking bad *A* while they defeat the bad guy, save the city, or take back the castle, with their friends.

5. Basic Math Skills. When you create your character you use a dice and ad certain amounts to it to form a specific skill. Such as their Charisma or Dexterity. Each skill makes them better at specific things. For example if I have a high Charisma, I can bluff better and gather information from other people. As you create your character you are using basic addition and subtraction all the time. Same thing when you are rolling skill checks and attack rolls. Constantly adding and subtracting! Bonus!

6. Lastly, you know where your kids are. Chad grew up playing DND at his family's dinner table. That meant his parents knew where they were on the weekends. Granted, they were eating Pizza and Cheetos but they knew where they were. Not to say that Dungeons and Dragons will keep every child out of trouble but it encourages them to not just "hang out" and smoke weed or steel gum from the local gas station (hopefully, thats not a promise :))


There you have it. My children will not be forced to play all the time and if they don't like it, they don't have to continue. As mentioned I would be happy for them to play sports or be an artist or whatever they like. But I am not afraid for them to be nerds either. Nerds are pretty awesome :)

Happy Wednesday!

Hil

3 comments:

Chad de Lisle said...

Winning Dungeons & Dragons since 1997.

Haley said...

Ha ha. I will always have a special place for D&D in my heart because it makes up about 75% of the conversations I had with my brothers from the age of 7 - 18. It has magical powers that strengthens siblings bonds. :)

Jon said...

Fantastic post Hil!