D&D Spells Out True Meaning of Cooperation

Dungeons and Dragons is arguably one of the most popular tabletop games out there. There’s a very high chance that you’ve at least heard of it. Although it’s seen as nerdy, there’s a lot more to D&D than meets the eye. It’s actually excellent for team-building, both personally and professionally. I’m here to shed some light and hopefully put a positive spin on one of the best team-building exercises out there.

Dungeons & Dragons tabletop, with a map and tokens.

Not Just For Nerdy Kids

In the past, there’s been a stigma against D&D due to its reputation as a hobby for nerds. The stories would portray D&D as a nerdy board-game for kids who have no friends or are socially inept. A lot of movies and TV shows would go about strengthening that stereotype, one of the most notable examples being The Big Bang Theory.

The truth is, D&D is for everyone. Although it originated in nerd culture, it’s not exclusively so. Whether you fall under a teenage niche, or work the old 9–5 and return to your family, D&D can be compatible with you. It’s a hobby that actually requires friends and social interactions. It also requires a lot of creative thinking of problem-solving, so it helps being skilful and knowledgeable in a variety of topics and fields.

D&D Mimics Real Life

Being a tabletop RPG (role-playing game), D&D requires not only logic but also creative thinking. This can include thinking outside the box when presented with a challenging task, but also your own character whom you control. Every player has their own character, with their own skills, health, inventory, backstories, and more. There are a lot of aspects to your character.

D&D really gets people’s creative juices flowing, because players will spend time to come up with creative backstories for their characters, which will impact their characters’ behaviour and disposition. This includes where and how they grew up, what their race is (human, elf, orc, etc), their class (ranger, paladin, wizard, etc), and more. Some even go as far as to illustrate and paint artwork depicting their characters.

The point is, it’s your job to make your character come to life. This is done through acting, management, and creative thinking.

Born To Be Free

D&D, like most other tabletop RPGs, can give you a feeling of freedom that doesn’t exist quite as well in other games. This is the freedom to do as you please, whether creative or logical. You can be good, evil, neutral, lawful, chaotic, a mix, or ever-changing. You can focus on exploration, go all brawl, or use your brawn.

In fact, you may have the same skills and spells as other players out there, but depending on the situation and your way of thinking, you could attempt to use them in different ways. You could even use them unconventionally.

For example, a bow and an arrow would normally be used to attack your enemies, but I’ve tied rope around an arrow and shot it across a deep drop. My arrow hit the wall and stuck there. This enabled my party and me to cross over safely instead of attempting to jump across and probably fall to our deaths.

Teamwork is in the Eye of the Beholder

The underlying point of the game, ultimately, isn’t to slay a dragon or find a golden chalice. It’s to work together with your team, because of everyone’s qualities, and despite everyone’s differences. You have to think creatively, as well as use sharp logic, to solve challenges. Whether it’s battle strategies, or diplomatic investigations, or traversing difficult situations in general, everyone has to work together to achieve the common goal of finishing the campaign. One person can’t and won’t carry the entire party alone.

Most importantly of all — remember to have fun. Together.