Friends. Comfort. Nostalgia. Great memories. New Stories. These and more are why Dungeons & Dragons stayed with me all these years.
Don’t get me wrong – I love playing new and different games. One of the great things about the Lair of Secrets podcast is that it re-united me with old friends and connected me with. new ones. Together, we’ve been playing a bunch of those new games – Blades in the Dark, Tales from the Loop, Scum & Villainy, Fate, and hopefully many more in the future. And my own local gaming group’s branched out into a bunch of different games, like Savage Worlds, Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars, Mutants & Masterminds, and more.
Yet, my local group keeps coming back to Dungeons & Dragons because it’s comfortable … it feels right. It’s like your favorite pajamas or a broken-in pair of trail boots. It’s that old sweatshirt that you get out on cold winter days. It’s a warm cup of coffee in the morning.
It’s that 20+ year old picture of you and your friends, playing D&D 2nd Edition at your dining room table, that makes you smile every time you see it.