I'm sure there are plenty of you out there that can remember playing Dungeons and Dragons, and possibly some that still play. For those of you who
never did, or are too young to remember and are so busy with your iPhone in your face, or plopped down on the couch with your xbox, Playstation or
Wii, you're missing out on one of the best games out there with the best graphics in the world: You're imagination.
A few years ago, I was helping my Webelos Cub Scouts work on a activity badge that involved learning about different types of games. Being typical 10
year olds, they knew all about computer games (everyone of them was a Minecraft expert, and were very surprised at just how much I knew about
Minecraft.....and even more amazed at all the video games I play from seeing my YouTube channel), console games, etc.
But the lesson was focused on games that require human interaction in a social setting: Like playing Monopoly one afternoon with your family.
I decided to introduce them to D&D, and brought in my books that I have:
I even pre-rolled up some characters and had a very short adventure for them to give a try, and also my bag of dice.
They were amazed. They could not believe that one could sit around a table and explore dangerous places, fight off bad guys and monsters, and find
treasure with nothing more than some paper, a pencil and some dice. One of them was my youngest son Josh.
So, of course, Josh wanted to try this at home. So we (He, me, my wife who had also played D&D, and my oldest son) sat down one weekend and played. We
had a lot of fun with it, and for the next few weeks we went Dungeon Diving using our imaginations.
But, as with all things, life kind of got in the way, school, things around the house, scouting, and of course playing new computer games, etc. We'd
stopped playing. Mostly while my son was having fun with it at the time, at 10 there were some aspects of it that were a bit hard for him to
understand (we were playing Advanced D&D, not the Basic one).
Then last night in wandered into my computer room. He's 12 now, gotten VERY big, and taller. His voice has dropped a full octave. And he said that he
was wondering if in a week or so we could all sit down and play D&D again, because he remembered I told him that I'd need a week to gather all my
stuff and have some module for them to run through.
About brought a tear to my eye! My step son is bored with his computer, Xbox, Wii...and is looking for some gool ol gaming!
How could I resist? I told him that it sounded great to me! But I'd need to find my dice, as I'd stashed them somewhere.
This morning as he left for school, he said he'd help me look for my dice when he got home. Funny part is, I knew exactly where my dice were. I just
wanted to see how bad he wanted to play.
So I set about today, looking through stuff. I have a TON of adventure modules in PDF format that I've collected over the years on my hard drive, but
I wanted to try and find a specific module I had stashed in a box somewhere, and sure enough, I found it!
So this weekend, Josh and his mom (my oldest son had to move to Florida as he got a new job down there) will be traversing the Desert of Desolation in
search of tombs to raid and adventure to be had.
The TV will be off, the computers shut down (sorry ATS, family time), and no game consoles running.
Instead, as a family, we'll be off on an adventure, made up purely of our imagination (while consuming mass quantities of junk food).