Dungeons & Dragons has seen a big resurgence lately, due in part to its appearance in Netflix’s Stranger Things. My sons have gotten into it and begged me to take them through a few dungeons over the summer. Playing a few scenarios with my boys was so much fun! It let their creativity flow as they had to make difficult “life or death” choices. They were engrossed in the stories and really felt like they were part of the adventure. Most of their free time is spent in digital worlds, and seeing them use their imaginations was a real treat for this dad.
Their interest got me to dig through my own “dungeon” on a quest to recover some D&D artifacts from my youth. Most of my old books and manuals were lost years ago, but I did manage to keep the lead figures that I painted when I was a probably ten years old. I remember getting frustrated with my inability to paint the miniatures well, and I gave up and just spray painted them, so while some of them still retain their original rough paint jobs, most are just glossy black now.
Walk into any game store today, and you’re presented with hundreds of miniatures, some metal, but most are plastic. The detail on these new figures is incredible, and they do look great, but I’ll always have a fondness for the crude 80’s figures. The sheer volume of books and manuals available for D&D is astounding — and expensive! This is not a cheap game to get into, but luckily, we have the internet now, which is a treasure trove my ten-year old self could never have imagined.
D&D is certainly not for everyone, but it is a game that can be enjoyed by all ages. Rediscovering it 40 plus years later has been a treat, and I look forward to crawling more dungeons with my new youthful apprentices.