So you’ve got a bunch of pencils, and a bunch of paper — plus all of the sharpeners, erasers, and various supplies you could ever need. But now what are you going to do with then? Anyone with any nerd street cred would automatically respond with the obvious answer:
Play some Dungeons and Dragons. Of course.
I actually haven’t played D&D since I was a teenager. Nonetheless, I was searching for some activities to engage with my kids (the eldest of which is a teenager), and get them to put their damn phones down for a minute and create their own entertainment. Plus, I’m always looking for an excuse to put these writing materials to more use. Then the obvious hit me: bust out the pizza rolls and the Jolt cola, pick up some funny-shaped dice, and start making up an adventure for my little warriors to embark upon.
I tested the waters with the teenager after picking her up from her mom’s house. “So…do you know what Dungeons and Dragons is?” Her response: “Yeah, like on Stranger Things.” (Thanks, Netflix!) Anyway, she was stoked about playing, we swung into a nerd store where she was the only female for some dice, and now I’m trying to figure out how to successfully be a Dungeon Master after almost two decades of rust. If it doesn’t bore her to tears, I’ll try and get her younger sisters into it and we can slay dragons or whatever on the regular. Wish me luck!