Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop roleplaying game or RPG. In this game there is a dungeon master (DM) who is charge of creating interesting environments for the players to interact with in a fantastical world of your imagination.
The game is very fun but some people wonder how do I play the thing. I will be giving a 5 step guide on how to get started playing this wonderful game.
If you are a player this step will be different for you because you will now need to make a character. This can be done fairly easily if you look at the player's handbook or use the basic rules which are available online for free. You can come up with epic and tragic backstories for your characters but make sure to run it by your DM first to see if that character would fit the campaign the DM had envisioned. So no Evil Death Knights meant to kill all is good if your party is full of Lawful Good people.
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