Products of Your Imagination

Describing D&D to the uninitiated is always a little tricky. It’s often easiest to call it a  “game” but it’s a game where you don’t compete, there is no winner or loser, there’s no set end, the referee can freely cheat,  and you often don’t interact with the rules.

I’ve tried elaborate analogies. “D&D is like Snakes And Ladders if there’s a referee who makes the board and only they can see it and all the players are trying to work together to get across the boards. And all the pieces have special powers.”

But sometimes the best comparison is the manic chaos that is Cops and Robbers. Or the slightly less P.C. Cowboys and Indians. It shares the same combination of pure imagination and adoption of a pretend identity overlaid atop something resembling a game.