The Washington Post Weighs In On D&D!
  • The Washington Post Weighs In On D&D!


    It's not just the New York Times writing about D&D. The Washington Post is weighing in too!





    D&D has been featuring in mainstream media for a while. The BBC wrote about it last year, and sites like Forbes, and even Popular Mechanics, have articles about the game.
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    1. robus's Avatar
      robus -
      I have to wonder how long this wave is going to last?! Is it going to become a regular cultural pastime? I can’t see why it wouldn’t, it’s an easy way to have fun with friends. But it also seems amazing that it could.
    1. LuisCarlos17f's Avatar
      LuisCarlos17f -
      RPGs will be more popular because we are enough used to videogames, and lots of geeks love to create their own "fanart", and this is the key of the RPGs, about creating your own world, characters and stories. It isn't passive like reading a comic or watching a movie, but making choices, nobody knows what it will happen, learning to failure and to risk, to find a solution by means of social skills, to find the right balance between self-criticism and faith in oneself.
    1. Ed Laprade's Avatar
      Ed Laprade -
      Writes about D&D, shows LARPers. Color me unimpressed. The only reason they care is because they can lump all RPG related stuff together. Still, there's no such thing as bad publicity. (Or so they say.)
    1. zedturtle's Avatar
      zedturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ed Laprade View Post
      Writes about D&D, shows LARPers. Color me unimpressed. The only reason they care is because they can lump all RPG related stuff together. Still, there's no such thing as bad publicity. (Or so they say.)
      Did you even read the article (and see the pictures of normal folks playing)? Did you read the caption for the photo where they are a D&D group that enjoys dressing up?
    1. Flexor the Mighty! -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ed Laprade View Post
      Writes about D&D, shows LARPers. Color me unimpressed. The only reason they care is because they can lump all RPG related stuff together. Still, there's no such thing as bad publicity. (Or so they say.)
      Honestly that is the first thing I thought. I have had friends assume we dress up and put on elf ears when playing D&D since it seems they see that a lot when they come across some random article or picture of D&D players.
    1. lowkey13's Avatar
      lowkey13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zedturtle View Post
      Did you even read the article (and see the pictures of normal folks playing)? Did you read the caption for the photo where they are a D&D group that enjoys dressing up?
      So ... LARPing and dressing up was always that "bridge too far" for me. Kinda like the whole, "You've gone too far" brigade.

      Which is hypocritical as heck, because, well, it's not cool for one geek to say, "Hey, I'm cool playing D&D and debating Picard v. Kirk, but RenFaire? NERDS!"

      But with anime and videogames and whatnot, the whole Cosplay thing is pretty huge now. It's seriously mainstream, well, fairly mainstream.

      So ... joke's on me? "No thanks, I don't dress up, I just roll dice and play my archaic TTRPG."
    1. Ancalagon's Avatar
      Ancalagon -
      I wonder if the BBC had something...
    1. theworstdm's Avatar
      theworstdm -
      Unfortunately, they included one of my least favorite tropes from mainstream articles about RPGs; you can find some variation of the "No longer is it a game to hide out with in Mom’s basement." line in almost every one of these articles.
    1. Elfcrusher's Avatar
      Elfcrusher -
      Quote Originally Posted by lowkey13 View Post
      So ... LARPing and dressing up was always that "bridge too far" for me. Kinda like the whole, "You've gone too far" brigade.

      Which is hypocritical as heck, because, well, it's not cool for one geek to say, "Hey, I'm cool playing D&D and debating Picard v. Kirk, but RenFaire? NERDS!"

      But with anime and videogames and whatnot, the whole Cosplay thing is pretty huge now. It's seriously mainstream, well, fairly mainstream.

      So ... joke's on me? "No thanks, I don't dress up, I just roll dice and play my archaic TTRPG."
      "I use an eastern European accent for my dwarves, not Scottish, so no I'm not a geek."
    1. Dausuul's Avatar
      Dausuul -
      The burning question of the day: Are the people in the picture LARPers or cosplayers? We must discover to which costumed tribe they belong, so that we may know whether to welcome them among us, or drive them hence with wailing and lamentations.
    1. Elfcrusher's Avatar
      Elfcrusher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dausuul View Post
      The burning question of the day: Are the people in the picture LARPers or cosplayers? We must discover to which costumed tribe they belong, so that we may know whether to welcome them among us, or drive them hence with wailing and lamentations.
      Honestly I think WotC should just offer jobs to all of them, regardless of what they play. It would be worth it just to see a certain sub-group of gamers turn an apoplectic shade of purple.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dausuul View Post
      The burning question of the day: Are the people in the picture LARPers or cosplayers? We must discover to which costumed tribe they belong, so that we may know whether to welcome them among us, or drive them hence with wailing and lamentations.
      Have you clicked through to the article? Because the picture has a big old caption and stuff. Your answer is literally just a click away.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by lowkey13 View Post
      So ... LARPing and dressing up was always that "bridge too far" for me. Kinda like the whole, "You've gone too far" brigade.

      Which is hypocritical as heck, because, well, it's not cool for one geek to say, "Hey, I'm cool playing D&D and debating Picard v. Kirk, but RenFaire? NERDS!"

      But with anime and videogames and whatnot, the whole Cosplay thing is pretty huge now. It's seriously mainstream, well, fairly mainstream.

      So ... joke's on me? "No thanks, I don't dress up, I just roll dice and play my archaic TTRPG."
      Pretty much exactly how I feel.
    1. Dausuul's Avatar
      Dausuul -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Have you clicked through to the article? Because the picture has a big old caption and stuff. Your answer is literally just a click away.
      I did click through to the article, and read it, and it was quite good (thanks for posting, by the way). I did not process whether the people in the picture were LARPing or cosplaying because I don't actually care; I'm just poking some gentle fun at the peculiar tribalisms of the RPG world.
    1. M.T. Black's Avatar
      M.T. Black -
      They are not LARPers. "Girls Guts Glory" are a D&D group who like to cosplay.
    1. Elfcrusher's Avatar
      Elfcrusher -
      Quote Originally Posted by M.T. Black View Post
      They are not LARPers. "Girls Guts Glory" are a D&D group who like to cosplay.
      Well they are ok then. If they were cosplayers who also liked to D&D they would be nerds.
    1. Elfcrusher's Avatar
      Elfcrusher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Have you clicked through to the article? Because the picture has a big old caption and stuff. Your answer is literally just a click away.
      WHOOOSH!
    1. M.T. Black's Avatar
      M.T. Black -
      More interesting to me is the estimate the article includes of the current number of D&D players worldwide - 40 million!
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ed Laprade View Post
      Writes about D&D, shows LARPers. Color me unimpressed. The only reason they care is because they can lump all RPG related stuff together. Still, there's no such thing as bad publicity. (Or so they say.)
      They ARE D&D players. https://www.girlsgutsgloryrpg.com/ They're just cosplayers who like dressing up when they do it.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexor the Mighty! View Post
      Honestly that is the first thing I thought. I have had friends assume we dress up and put on elf ears when playing D&D since it seems they see that a lot when they come across some random article or picture of D&D players.
      As someone in their mid-40s who started playing TTRPGs in the mid-80s, I have to admit to similar knee-jerk reactions. But I quickly realized that many of us have become the bullies. Some people like to dress up for their games. Who cares? Cosplay has become an impressive hobby. What does it say about us that we worry that how others enjoy the game will make us look silly? It is decades of ridicule and bullying that many in our hobby experienced that, thankfully, is far less prevalent today, which allows folks to enjoy and express themselves openly in ways we could not.

      Other than the crappy employment opportunities, I'd love to be in my teens and 20s today.
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