Double D

by Zoe Rasmussen | February 16, 2022 9:56 am

Have you ever wanted to be transported to another world, or go on an action-packed adventure? Well now you can, with the introduction of the D&D club at Elkhorn High School.

So, what even is D&D? D&D, which stands for dungeons and dragons, is a tabletop roleplaying game where a group of players and the DM, or dungeon master, work together to create a story using different characters and worlds. 

“Adventurers will go through fights and experiences and will level up through wacky situations,” Jack Capocci, founder of this year’s D&D club, said. “Mostly, it’s just a game of ‘people walk into a bar, shenanigans ensue.’”

D&D club technically isn’t a new club. It was first created two years ago but was disbanded last year. 

 “…This club did actually exist about two years ago in my sophomore year, which was led by two other people. They weren’t able to continue the club last year because of COVID,” Capocci said. “But near the middle of this year, I didn’t see a D&D club. So I thought to myself, ‘Well, why not make my own D&D club?’ And I did.”

D&D has many different appeals as to why people play it. Capocci enjoys playing because of the freedom it brings. 

“D&D is not so much about playing a strict game. I would say the appeal of D&D is its flexibility. Any sort of scenario you want in D&D you can have because there’s no specified rule set. The rules of the game are more or less just like a suggestion,” Capocci said.

Logan Williams, a freshman and D&D veteran, enjoys D&D because of the variability. 

“I like the creativity and the shenanigans that players get up to,” Williams said.

Nate Rasmussen, a freshman and new DM, enjoys D&D because of the relationships it can form. 

“I think it is a great way to spend time with friends,” Rasmussen said. “It’s very enjoyable to play with people you like.”

For anyone considering joining, club members assure that no prior experience is required to play.

“D&D club is mainly full of beginners who have never even played the game before, I would say in total [there are] about three experienced players, including myself,” Capocci said.

D&D isn’t like other games like Monopoly or Uno. Each story, or campaign, is made up of several sessions. Oftentimes, a single campaign can last for months or even years. 

“You don’t normally have one-hour sessions, sessions normally last between sometimes two, two and a half or even three hours to get the most amount of story done in one period,” Capocci said.

D&D club is held on Wednesdays after school in the library until 4:15 or 4:30. However, because of the usual length of sessions, not a lot of D&D is actually played at these meetings. “I encourage people to sort of go off on their own…D&D club isn’t limited just to Wednesdays; it’s limited to how much the players want to play. If they want to play every single day, they can,” Capocci said.

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