D&D club rolls into fantasy with 8-sided dice
November 6, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Brooklyn Flynt
One club at McNary opens up a wide variety of wonder, exploring, and creative storytelling.
The Dungeons and Dragons club is a brand new club this year at McNary. This after school activity is lead by Ian Madsen,freshman, and already had numerous members participating in the club. All of the members brought 8-sided dice and started to set up the board. There are many different ways you can play the game.
“It’s a interactive story-telling video game but without the video… It’s a tabletop game,” Madsen said. There are two roles you can pick when playing; you can either be the DM or a player.
“The DM stands for the Dungeon Master and they are like the narrator of the story. They walk around and say things like, ‘You enter the dungeon, there’s a skeleton, whack it or something,” Madsen said.
The players make up moves and actions as they go based on their character. If they are more of an adventurous character, they would probably choose to fight or explore, but if the character is shy or timid, they might choose a different approach to the problem that the DM creates.
The entire purpose of the game is to be creative and to create a story. Dungeons and Dragons started in 1974 by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. From there, D&D picked up a lot of popularity from people all around the world.
“You can go anywhere as long as your imagination allows it,” Madsen said. This perfectly sums up the idea of the game. There is an endless possibility to the things you can do, be, and say. D&D is also a great way to get closer with friends and have a good time. Players were laughing and making ideas come to life as soon as the club started. “Instead of a computer, you have people,” Madsen said.
Starting a club takes a lot of work, dedication, and passion. “I just felt spontaneous,” Madsen said. Being spontaneous is exactly what McNary high school has been looking for and students like Madsen are already achieving that.
If you are interested in the Dungeons and Dragons club, come visit Dylan Bartholomew’s classroom in room 259; the club meets every Monday from 2:30-3:30.