Watch This Explanation of Why Playing D & D Totally Makes You Better at Life

I kind of love the PBS Ideas series. It appeals both to my inner nerd (the child who watched Nova and 3-2-1 Contact incessantly many years ago) and to my current internet-based, short-on-time self.

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In this latest installment, host Mike Rugnetta takes a hard look at the stereotype that gamers and tabletop gamers still can't seem to shed—that of the basement-dwelling failed adult—and digs into the reasons why it's such a falsehood, complete with examples of real-life famous folks who love dungeon-crawling.

Most of us who play games realize that in fact, gaming and tabletop gaming in particular make a person more social and connected, rather than less, but the wider, non-playing world in large part still hasn't gotten that message.

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Can Dungeons & Dragons Make You A Confident & Successful Person? | Idea Channel | PBS [YouTube]

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Hrmmm now that I've got depression on the brain, maybe that's the solution. Have depressed people get together in a group and play d and d. D and D therapy.

On another note, I need to get my son into this. He likes magic but we've never done D & D. He's quite imaginative! The only problem I have is that there is sort of a high entry barrier to getting into D & D. I tried previously to just play but I never really understood what I was doing and I ended up just making about 16 different characters.