Tabletop RPGs have long been considered a niche activity. Most people imagine a group of the weird kids in a basement with dice, wizard hats, and plastic swords. They’re right in some cases, but not all. The tabletop gaming community is over 5.5 million people strong and includes people of all creed, class, and color. Now is a great time to roll the dice and give tabletop gaming a try. Here are three reasons why:
A Unique Experience
Tabletop RPGs provide nearly limitless options for players. As a result, you can create unique characters, worlds and story lines with an abundance of resources at your disposal. Enter a world full of life as a noble hero saving those in need, or instead become a terrible villain. Maybe you’ll be a common person wrapped up in a misadventure. How about a character that represents your own personality altered slightly to fit the setting? Perhaps you’re a few of these things wrapped up in one, complicated bundle. The experience of a tabletop game with the right group is difficult to match with anything else.
Tabletop RPGs are also a great form of stress relief. They provide an escape for difficult times, and a healthy way of venting frustrations. Surrounding yourself with friends and socializing around a game of Dungeons & Dragons is a great way to get out of a slump.
Rule-sets Are Simpler Than Ever Before
Difficult rule-sets and complicated descriptions were a big roadblock to growth many years ago. Some people argue that certain RPGs have always been simple, however there’s no doubt that today’s rule-set are ready-made for beginners. Rule-set and other materials are cheap and readily accessible. Here’s a great list of RPGs for beginners, however it’s encouraged to do some research to find the RPG that’s right for you.
Improves Mental Function
Tabletop RPGS can improve mental function and creativity. A study performed by a city university in Hong Kong tested a small group of participants across several categories. The three primary groups were TRPG (Tabletop RPG players), ERPG (Electronic RPG players) and non-RPG players. In conclusion, that data from several questionnaires and tests showed that TRPG players were more fluid, fluent and flexible with their mind than the other two groups.
Tabletop RPGs have moved on from being strictly “for nerds”, and people of all ages should give them a try. Try to find groups in your area through local hobby stores, or put a game together yourself. In addition, Wizards of the Coast and NearbyGamers are two great sites for finding tabletop games and meeting new people. Be creative, be adventurous, and most importantly, have fun.