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Calling all Dragon Masters

ADRIAN -- Monday evening, the Adrian Branch Library is opening its doors to would-be quest seekers for an informational meeting. Teens and adults are invited to try their hands at being a wizard, a warrior, a rogue, a cleric or whatever the imagi...

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ADRIAN - Monday evening, the Adrian Branch Library is opening its doors to would-be quest seekers for an informational meeting. Teens and adults are invited to try their hands at being a wizard, a warrior, a rogue, a cleric or whatever the imagination can conceive in the vast world of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), fifth edition.

Adrian Librarian Meredith Vaselaar said she was approached by Adrian resident Kim Hannan about using space in the library to try to start a D&D group that would meet on a regular basis. Vaselaar was somewhat familiar with the game - her son, Eldon, played in college - and agreed to let Hannan try to get players together. 

What is D&D?

Before fantasy video games such as World of Warcraft brought masses from around the globe to huddle around computer screens, groups of friends and enthusiasts gathered around the table to take a step back into medieval times where dragons and orcs prove to be formidable adversaries to a group of heroes. 

D&D was first published in 1974 Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. By the end of the year, the entire hand-assembled print run of 1,000 games was sold out. Just prior to 1980, around 250,000 units of D&D products was sold.One of the major differences between D&D and a fantasy video game is the storytelling. In a video game, the plot and storyline are already pre-decided. While each campaign, led by the dungeon master, is outlined, the players can change the course of events simply through their choice of actions and the roll of the dice. In the world of D&D, the possibilities are endless. 

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“It’s a story that never ends,” Hannan said. 

Hannan says she wants to get a group together to provide a creative outlet for people to meet one another and interact face-to-face versus through a virtual connection. 

“The interaction, hanging out with your friends - not even friends, just people you meet … I love it,” Hannan said. “… I want to introduce (the next generation) to tabletop gaming. A lot of kids know Monopoly and those kinds of board games, but they don’t know about sitting down with a group of friends - not on a computer or game system - and just hanging out and having fun.” 

Hannan says the game offers educational benefits beyond entertainment.

“Dungeons & Dragons, you’ve got to use your imagination, problem solving, basic math, just figuring out how to work together,” Hannan explained. “I think a lot of kids don’t get that playing their video games.” 

Ideally, Hannan would like to see a group gather weekly for gaming, but would be pleased with at least gathering once a month to play. Hannan said one of the reasons she wants to establish a group in Adrian is to save a drive. Currently, in order to play with a gaming group, Hannan would have to drive to Sioux Falls, S.D., or past Spirit Lake, Iowa. 

Hannan encourages everyone who might be curious to go to the Adrian Branch Library at 6 p.m. Monday. 

 “Come, check it out,” Hannan said. “Everybody has an imagination. Let’s just see how good of an imagination you have. Come out and have fun. Come out and meet new people and just come out and have some fun. Learn a new game.” 

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For more information, contact Kim Hannan at kimhannan4@gmail.com or Meredith Vaselaar at the library via phone at 507-483-2541 or email adrian@plumcreeklibrary.net .

  The D&D Lexicon Dungeon Master (DM): One player serves as the DM. While other players are in control of their individual character, the DM controls all of the monsters and enemies. The DM serves as the storyteller and sometimes the referee.  Adventure: Each quest or story is called an adventure. The length of an adventure varies from a single playing session or could stretch over multiple sessions. Characters join forces to form an adventuring party to explore the world or battle creatures controlled by the DM. Campaign: The D&D game continues through multiple adventures. When the same characters continue through multiple adventures, the overall storyline is called a campaign. Dice: D&D uses dice to resolve actions and determine factors where the outcome is uncertain. A 20-sided die known as a d20, is the most important. The game also incorporates four, six, eight, 10 and 12-sided dice referred to as d4, d6, d8, d10 and d12 respectively.  “Player’s Handbook”: One of the three books that make up the rules of D&D. The book contains basic rules of play and character creation. “Dungeon Master’s Guide”: The second of the three books that make up the rules of D&D. The book contains information that every Dungeon Master needs to run the game. “Monster Manual”: The final of the three books that make up the rules of D&D. The book contains information on the monsters in the game that every player including the DM, should be aware of.   Source: Dungeons & Dragons for Dummies e Adrian Branch Library is opening its doors to would-be quest seekers for an informational meeting. Teens and adults are invited to try their hands at being a wizard, a warrior, a rogue, a cleric or whatever the imagination can conceive in the vast world of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), fifth edition.Adrian Librarian Meredith Vaselaar said she was approached by Adrian resident Kim Hannan about using space in the library to try to start a D&D group that would meet on a regular basis. Vaselaar was somewhat familiar with the game - her son, Eldon, played in college - and agreed to let Hannan try to get players together. What is D&D?Before fantasy video games such as World of Warcraft brought masses from around the globe to huddle around computer screens, groups of friends and enthusiasts gathered around the table to take a step back into medieval times where dragons and orcs prove to be formidable adversaries to a group of heroes. D&D was first published in 1974 Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. By the end of the year, the entire hand-assembled print run of 1,000 games was sold out. Just prior to 1980, around 250,000 units of D&D products was sold.

 

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