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Poll: Why do you play D&D

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  1. #21
    Social seems a popular choice, but that's not why I play D&D. I would be social anyway. I was social during the years I didn't play D&D. I play D&D because I enjoy the D&D parts of it! So I voted Tactical, Versus, and Fantasy.

    Those seem like unpopular choices, but they're the reason I play D&D as opposed to some other social activity.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Sacrosanct View Post
    Why you play as opposed to other RPGs. I.e., it's easier to find people to play D&D than, say, WFRP 1e or RIFTS or something.
    I feel like most people were not answering it that way. Reading the responses, it looks like most people are comparing pen&paper role-playing versus other forms of entertainment.

    There are a couple of responses mentioning "product" as a reason for playing D&D versus other RPGs. This is one of the main reason I play D&D; the product support, including 3rd-party products, is astounding. The other reason (not listed in the survey) is the huge player base. It's super easy to find D&D players and just sit down and play. This is similar to "social aspect." I'd also say that D&D does "fantasy aspect" better than most other RPGs; the long legacy of settings, novels, and lore make it super easy to shift your imagination into D&D mode.

    When compared to other RPGs, the idea of playing D&D for "co-op" or "storytelling" is laughable -- so many other RPGs do those things much, much better. I mean, you can absolutely have fun doing those things in D&D (and I do), but they are not a coherent reason to choose D&D over other RPGs. I suspect many of the people who answered that way choose RPGs for "co-op" or "storytelling," and choose D&D for other reasons, and it just happens to be sufficient for their "co-op" or "storytelling" needs.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Robin Hood Country
    As a kid player 34 years ago, It would have been Fantasy (escapism) and Social (needing to have a safe place in the world). Now as a DM and player it is more about the co-op and the storytelling.That is what gives me joy.
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  4. #24
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Mahomet, Illinois
    Other - Having a captive audience that I force to admire my latest painted miniatures and terrain.

    I agree with many other posters that there are at least a couple of question embedded in here: why do you play TTRPGs and why do you play D&D?

    I run D&D because it is a popular game with rules I can live with.

    I run rpgs because I enjoy the social and tactical aspect of - stories automatically occur, which is cool too.

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