Monday, November 20, 2017

D&D in the New Yorker

You may have seen this already: a rather glowing writeup in The New Yorker (by a fan and DM) of the modern resurgence of tabletop D&D.
Dungeons & Dragons seems to have been waiting for us somewhere under the particular psyche of this generation, a psyche that may have been coaxed into fantasy mania by the media that surrounded it. Many were seeded with “Harry Potter” books as children, raised with the “Lord of the Rings” movies (and more “Harry Potter” in cinematic splendor), and brought to blossom in adulthood by “Game of Thrones” on television. Let us not forget the imminent return of “Stranger Things,” a show in which something akin to Dungeons & Dragons not only literally lurks in the wings but is also played by the central characters.

4 comments:

  1. "a Brazilian study from 2013 showed that role-playing classes were an extremely effective way to teach cellular biology to medical undergraduates"

    Sometimes my fellow countrymen surprises me. Many thanks, Delta! That news really made my day. :)

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  2. I saw it! It was kind of touching watching the author, who clearly knows a few things, trying to phrase things in a way that non-nerdy audiences could digest. It leads to some weird generalizations and simplifications, but overall I think they did a good job.

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