Dungeons and Dragons and similar games are a great way to connect socially in the time of social distancing. I've been a DM (Dungeon Master) for around a decade, and have a lot of experience with many different types of players.
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Tabletop games are a great excuse for friends to meet, or for workplace bonding, or even as a new way to meet strangers. Working together to survive in a fantasy world may seem silly at first, but it really is a great way to spend an afternoon getting to know the rest of your adventuring party (and yourself).
If you've never played, here's what to expect:
Imagine you're completely in control of a character in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. You get to make decisions about what actions they take. Now, imagine that your friends are also in control of a character in that same world, and together your actions affect the world at large. You can meet in a one-time session, or many weekly sessions over a larger timescale for a much larger story.
I'm versed in three different gameplay systems, D&D is the most well-known of the lot, but it is certainly not the easiest. I've listed the three I know, and you can choose which to play.
Dungeons and Dragons- Rules heavy, sessions are 3-4 hours long. Caters more towards long-scale stories or campaigns. Usually fantasy setting.
Monster of the Week (Apocalypse System)- Middle level rules, Sessions are 2-3 hours long. Plays like the TV shows Supernatural or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each session is self-encapsulating but usually plays into a longer scale campaign. Usually modern setting, can be adapted
Tale- Very little rules, sessions are 1-2 hours. Quick to set up, quick to play, but difficult for people who need definite rules to follow. Any setting
A little about me: I'm a professional improv player and actor with vocal training. I like creating large scale stories collaboratively, but I also like running some goofy one-shots.
Session zero (character creation) is free, but after that I charge $10 per person per session, or $18/hour, depending on which is cheaper for you.
Contact me with any questions, or to set up your first session. Can reschedule for any day or time.