It”s been almost two years since I joined a group of women to play D&D every week.
I”m a life-long gamer. I was bored with World of Warcraft. I liked playing D&D minis with my partner, Debbie but we both wanted to try playing Dungeons & Dragons, for real.
We were already buying our minis from the best game store in town — , so when the store calendar showed a “ladies” group for D&D forming, we thought “Yeah, let”s try this out.”
I hadn”t played D&D since high school (um, about 25 years ago, give or take) so I felt like a true beginner. I did what I always do — I got some books so that I could read up on D&D before I had to actually (gulp!) play with human beings. By far my favorite was “Dungeons & Dragons for Dummies.” I was nervous about playing a spellcaster, but I knew the group needed a healer and I was drawn to the Cleric class anyway. The books helped me feel more comfortable.
The people made me feel even better. We got there, that first Wednesday night. Angel”s store was still in the old space. We walked in and found our way up to the platform space. A young woman was sitting at a table and we assumed (hoped!) that she was one of the D&D ladies. It was Taj and she was so friendly and warm and charming that both Deb and I felt immediately at ease.
Michelle showed up next, laden with books and props, setting the theme of the next two years — fun, innovation, inclusiveness, experimentation — all the things that make the Divas who we are. It might have been her first night DMing.
Susan breezed in and fiddled with her laptop. “Ah, “I thought, “no paper and pencil for Susan!” We learned about our new friends. Taj worked for the Oregon Food Bank. Susan”s a nurse. Michelle works for OMSI. Everyone was nice, friendly and totally fine with our level of zero experience with D&D.
When Angel arrived, we were ready to play! It was exhilarating! I loved every moment of it. The people, the story, the strategy. It was so much better than what I”d hoped for. I was hooked.
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