Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game where a group of people each create and assume the role of their own character and go on an adventure.
These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. A Dungeon Master serves as the game's referee and storyteller while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur, and playing the role of the inhabitants. The characters form a party that interacts with the setting's inhabitants, and each other. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, and gather treasure and knowledge. In the process the characters earn experience points in order to rise in levels, and become more powerful.
Players can get together for a single adventure that could last one evening - typically 3-4 hours. Or they could go on a campaign, playing through a story that takes place over multiple sessions, their characters growing and changing along the way.
A Dungeons & Dragons adventure can be whatever you want it to be!
How bout a...
Rescue mission - the Duke of a local castle has been taken by a Dragon and is demanding the return of a prized jewel in exchange.
Horror mystery - where the players must solve a series of ghastly murders in a town where magic is banned.
Or maybe a...
Epic adventures to stop an impending goblin invasion, only to learn the entire world is danger and the only one who can stop it is you.
Every adventure is packed with humor, excitement, and heroic acts. The battles are thrilling, the stakes feel real, and succeed or fail there is always a tale to tell.
A typical game consists of 3 to 6 players plus 1 Dungeon Master. The players each have a single character that they play as and make decisions as using their skills, wits and weapons. The Dungeon Master is responsible for creating and describing the world that the characters live in, adjudicating the rules of the game and controlling (and acting as!) monsters and other people the characters meet.
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