Are you a fan of Fantasy themes filled with magic, dragons, brave warriors, and mythical beasts? How about having a strong interest in various races such as Dragonborn, Dwarf, Eladrin, Elf, Half-elf, Halfling, Human, and Tiefling? Were you ever curious about the lifestyle of a Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, or Rogue? Have you wished that you can perform magic and cast spells like a Sorcerer, Warlock, or Wizard? If all your answers to these questions are yes, then it is recommendable for you to live the experience about Dungeons and Dragons. And what is the best way to set up things in motion? Do a themed DnD party, of course.
What are Dungeon and Dragons?
Dungeons and Dragons or also known as its abbreviated version DnD is originally a tabletop role-playing game. DnD was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974. The concept of DnD is far from the usual wargaming tactics. It allows the player to create their preferred character to play instead of following a military formation.
The charm of Dungeons and Dragons is that it takes players into a world of imaginary adventures with a fantasy plot. The participants altogether will solve problems, do battles and explore territories. During the journey, they gather knowledge and treasure by doing all these tasks. The characters being played receive “experience points.” Gathering enough of these “experience points” will result in the character rising in levels. These power-ups will be an advantage as the game progress or even in separate gaming sessions.
Upon the introduction of Dungeons and Dragons in the market, it came in two variants. The first version is Basic Dungeons and Dragons which rules are very light. The second is Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, which are very structured with heavy rules. Since its conceptualization, there are five editions released for this beloved game.
Each edition was released in the following order. First in line is the 1974 brainchild original version created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. In 1977 the first version of Basic and Advance. Around the 1980s the Basic and Advanced Editions have been updated. During the 1990s the Rule Cyclopedia was introduced. Things went to status quo until, in 2001 the 3rd Edition was released. Followed by version 3.5 in 2003. By 2008 the fourth publication was made. The most current is the fifth edition which is recently introduced last 2014.
The Dungeons and Dragons game aims to tell a wonderful story that the players can weave. At the end of every challenging quest, whether in victory or failure the fun derived from it is irreplaceable.
How are Dungeons and Dragons played?
To start playing the tabletop role-playing game, the following things are needed. A copy of the Dungeons and Dragons rule book. There are five editions to choose from. One set of polyhedral dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20) will guide your play. One DnD character sheet to record your adventures, inventory of power, and abilities. And a pencil because sometimes you need to erase and rewrite.
Once all the materials are ready, the players will choose their characters and their ability scores. The ability scores to pick from
are Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. Combining each allows the dice to dictate your fate and the course of the conquest.
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Next, the participant will choose the race or species, for example human or elf. Then the character occupation like a fighter or wizard will be selected. An alignment, defined as the moral and ethical outlook of the being will be determined too. Depending on which edition will be used, each character’s abilities and backstory will defer. The good thing in preparing to play the game is you can initially choose how the story will go. Indulge in a world built on your imagination and work out its numerous possibilities.
Now that we have the gist of what Dungeons and Dragons is all about, it’s time to brainstorm how to start the out-of-this-world party!
Celebrate with your Magically Inclined Friends:
The popular band of magic affinity personas is the wizard, sorcerer, and warlock. These characters are often essential in all Dungeons and Dragons adventures. Their expertise in casting spells, doing practical magic, and sometimes healing know-how helps the quest to become successful. No magic practitioner is the same. So what is the difference between wizard, sorcerer, and warlock? Check the descriptions below and choose which is more suitable for you:
Be a DnD party Wizard: They are known to be intelligent and very much studious. These personas develop and harness power through hard work over the years. In some instances through means of deception. If wizards cannot attain the power needed or desire from their school, guild, or mentor adventures are necessary to harness and find the hidden power. Locations of these power-ups are lost in the ruins of an ancient civilization. Some could be hoarded and kept by other powerful wizards. Wizards take pride in their spellbooks in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.
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Be a DnD party Sorcerer: Theyis naturally born with their affinity and abilities. These characters frequently are afraid of their power. For the reason that controlling it isn’t easy. Developing the inert power of desiring more is very tasking and uncertainties often surround it. To find ways to control, gain or learn, adventuring is the only means to achieve the goal. In the world of Dungeons and Dragons, a sorcerer is often feared due to their sporadic abilities. This is rooted in the lack the formal training from established schools of wizards. Sorcerers in DnD take pride in their Metamagic. Metamagic is the ability to cast out spells without the aid of anything tangible. These characters are indeed full-packed with the elements of surprise.
Be a DnD party Warlock: Warlock is a persona who deals with a powerful entity to gain their desired affinity and abilities. These characters have no innate ability like the sorcerer or the magical training of wizards. The backstory of a warlock is often associated with being power-hungry and seeking the easy way for power. As consequence, the warlocks cannot cast many spells. But they do release it with maximum intensity and they have a quick recovery time. The key to utilizing your warlock best in the Dungeons and Dragons world is to know their spells and invocations to their role so their abilities can be maximized. The warlock may be considered a wild card, but they definitely bring spice to the game.
Difficulty in choosing from the three mentioned above? Don’t fret, there are other relatable magical characters that you can check out. Read along with the list and consider which magic wielder will match you best. After making your choice dress up to the concept it represents:
Be a DnD party Bard: Bard is another interesting magical character. They could either be a scholar, skald or scoundrel but their magic weaving through words and music does wonders to their team. They can inspire colleagues, demoralize enemies, manipulate minds, create illusions when needed and at times heal injuries like wounds. The bard is a master of magical contained speech and song. They is truly a joy to have in the Dungeon and Dragons world. Bards use instruments like the harp, mandolin, lyre, lute, bandore, and cittern.
Bring relaxation to the party by playing this soothing harp music album!
Be a DnD party Druid: Is shapeshifting your fancy? Look no further there is a playable character that can do just that the druid. In the Dungeon and Dragons environment, druids are shapeshifters that take the form of animals. These personas are wielders of nature-themes magic. Druids are versatile and reliable healers, fighters, and spellcasters. They can contribute a lot to the success of a team that is challenging a quest.
Be a DnD party Cleric: Heath is wealthy and in the Dungeons and Dragons game it is very much true. To keep this in order, the troupe would require a Cleric. A cleric is an intermediate between mortal and immortal. They are potent healers due to the vast amount of healing and curative magic they possess. Their divinely granted talents have the ability over life and death. The Clerics are also effective in fighting undead creatures. These powerful healers can repel or control undead enemies.
Be a DnD party Paladin: A Paladin is a holy warrior who wields the wrath of their deities. They are sealed through binding oaths rooted in honor and from there they can derive awesome power. As long as these characters keep their word, their affinity will remain with them. Paladins are not necessarily all good, but the strength of their magic will depend on how much the adherence to oath and code are carried out. Paladins are heavily armored and have a charismatic personalities. Like a knight, they always charge first in dangerous situations.
If you think armored costumes are too heavy, express your inner Paladin with this T-shirt. Go ahead and make the statement!
What would the Hungry Spell Casters want to eat at a Gathering?
Relax your nerves from a tiring conquest by enjoying a prime ingredient listed in the Nine Herbs Charm. This tasty brew is none other than chamomile tea. Did you know that chamomile represents money and luck? It reverses hexes and is a representation of masculine energy.
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Want a beverage with a stronger flavor but refreshing to the mouth? Then prepare peppermint tea instead. This herb is associated with healing and purification. Keep your guest healthy while partying it’s the ultimate deal. Plus its scent is very alluring just as it is relaxing. Relief from both consumption and scent is magically guaranteed.
Another member of the Nine Herbs Charm group is thyme. Use it as a seasoning to a whole chicken and serve it roasted with marbled potatoes. Thyme in herb correspondence stands for courage. Then conclude the feast with a sweet pastry treat that is flavored with cinnamon. This spice presents high spirituality and psychic ability. As much as it is a great ingredient for cakes, cookies, bread, or cupcakes. Once a bite is taken everyone is sure to be enchanted with its alluring taste.
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Not a fan of Magic? DnD Party like a Skilled Combatant
Magic may be a strong theme in the game of Dungeons and Dragons. But there are also playable characters that boast of natural physical prowess. These skills range from strength, stealth, dexterity, and wit. Some of the combatants in DnD like to hunt and are efficient guides or trackers. While others are gifted with the way of the hand. Get to know about these interesting characters below and dress up to their style:
Be a DnD party Barbarian: A barbarian is depicted as tall human tribesman. They have amazing strength that it makes it easy for them to challenge snowstorms. They are often dressed in fur and always have an ax in possession. Barbarians are defined by their amount of rage. When triggered they are unbridled, unquenchable, and unthinking while being blinded by fury. These primal instincts make this character in the Dungeons and Dragon world possess amazing reflexes, superb resilience, and boundless strength. These personas also have high stamina and recovers quickly after combat.
Be a DnD party Monk: A monk is a capable martial artist that efficiently practices the way of the hand. They would rather punch and strike rather than stab or burn obstacles. The monk’s natural ability makes them effective defenders and strikers at the same time. Though they may be difficult to handle but effectively understanding their inherent ability can yield the best results. These characters in the Dungeons and Dragons world showcase a lot of diversity and interesting options.
Be a DnD party Ranger: A ranger is often described as rough and wild looking. They are humans who stalk among the trees hunting the dangers that could be lurking by. Rangers are equipped with a short sword in each hand. They become a whirlwind of steel attacks once the battle has begun. Part of their hunt prey is humanoid raiders, dangerous beasts, evil giants, deadly dragons, and other monstrosities. During training, they are focused on learning and strategizing techniques to defeat their target opponent.
Be a DnD party Rogue: A rogue devotes a lot of their time to perfecting the craft they aim to possess. These skills range from combat, stealth, and deception. They also venture into specializing in climbing, finding and disarming traps, and picking locks. Rogues as masters of stealth have the uncanny ability to avoid danger. Rogues like to work solo. Shady ones will are highly skilled burglars, assassins, cutpurses, and con artists. However, the ones who want to live a clean life are often locksmiths, investigators, or exterminators. Rogues are convenient to help in infiltrating ancient ruins and hidden crypts during conquests.
Be a DnD party Fighter: A Fighter is a human clad in plate armor and accompanied by a shield. Fighters are equipped with the basics of all fighting styles. All fighters can swing an ax, fence with a rapier, wield a sword, aim a bow and arrow plus create traps to net enemies. They are also adept with shields and any form of armor. They may be the jack of all trades, but they also master a certain style which will be their trademark skill. These characteristics make the fighter an efficient ally in both battle and dungeons alike.
Since the DnD world is fantasy-themed some of these combatants can also practice magic. But their victories and assets are more of leaning on how effective their physical abilities are.
What Food to serve on a Combatant’s Victory Feast?
Combatants due to high energy expenditure would demand foods that will replenish their bodies heavily. Meals should have food like whole grains on the menu. Some options could be crackers with low-fat cheese for appetizers. Salads with hard-boiled egg paired with bean soup. Tortilla wraps with meat and veggies or pasta with grilled chicken for the main dish.
For the dessert, you can serve fresh fruit, mini wheat bagels with peanut butter. Serving dark chocolate would be a good and healthy option too. As for beverage smoothies will be a nice feature at the party. Blueberry Smoothies will be fitting for energy recovering combatants.
DnD Indoor Party Transform your Living to A haunting Castle:
Castles are often the favorite settings of the Dungeons and Dragons game. The palaces featured in the game are often of medieval inspiration. So when preparing your DnD party inside the house opt for party decors that have a shade of gray to fit the hues of the castle descriptions. One of the adventures in the Dungeons and Dragons world is Castle Ravenloft. The palace has a high tower and features a catacomb for the Strahd’s family. In this adventure a black cat is mixed in the theme, you can use decors or stuffed toys of this image to adhere to the plot.
Aside from things you need to purchase readily available household tools can be used too. In the Ravenloft conquest, there is also an appearance of animated brooms. The ones you have at home may not be moving. But they do adhere to the events of the story.
Castle Ravenloft also features a set of toys called Blinsky toy. You can decorate the room with werewolf plushies, a wooden puzzle box, a jack in a box make it look a bit creepier or bowls of candy-shaped teeth and fangs. Surround your indoor party with these aesthetics to live out what the Dungeons and Dragons world looks like.
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DnD Outdoor Party your Backyard to An Outlander Territory
Outlanders are very nature-themed and your backyard which is an open space will fit the deal. To give the feel of the mighty mountains of the Dungeons and Dragons world, cluster your tall potted plants together. Since mountains are bountiful wood sources, choose utensils such as paper plates, cups, forks, and spoons with earth colors. Layout a brown table cloth and decorate the top with small potted plants too.
Have some beers handy too. Outlander adventures contain instances that the heroes challenge a dragon to drink contest. There might be no dragons in the yard but you can have a friendly match with your guest. If alcohol is not possible, root beer in beer mugs will be a nice addition instead.
Can’t go out? Host DnD Virtual Party
Keeping up with the times’ DnD also released a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Dungeons and Dragons Online were developed by Turbine for Microsoft Windows and OS X. In terms of playable characters, eleven favorites are listed. The roles available are the Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Favored Soul (An addition to be purchased in the DDO Store), Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Wizard, and Sorcerer.
While virtually playing the game ask your friend to suit up like their characters. Then share each other’s selfies and do secret voting whose outfit is the best. At the end of each conquest take a victory pose with either your beer or root beer on hand. Just because we can’t go out does not dress up and having fun with friends have to be limited. You can also share and live stream yourself while playing to showcase how to engage you are in the game.
Remember the best part of the party is how the guest and host commune together. And like the theme of Dungeons and Dragons, each party should have a good story which all guests can enjoy. And to show your appreciation to the graceful host gift them this Dungeon and Dragons theme shirt as memorabilia.
Because in this hosted party they are the Dungeon Master who lead the team to a good time.