Frequently Asked Questions

What version of D&D do you run?

“Old School”... Stranger Things style, the D+D that was brewed in the high school basements of a generation of players, who learned the rules pre-internet and played with pencil and paper. “Old school” D+D is deadly, fast paced and fun. Good role playing games transcend edition, but early edition D+D has a particular flavor to it that has never been imitated.

Why should I pay someone to run D&D?

D+D along with a subset of other Table Top Role Playing Games are unique in that they require a referee to run the game. There are hundreds of pages of rules for the game, and mastery of the material takes a great deal of time, mastery of it at the table takes experience. Why not let someone else do that work for you, and give you the advantage of a skilled and experienced GM?

Do I Roll up a Character at the Game?

It’s up to you. If it’s your first time playing it’s generally better to use characters that we provide, as character generation for someone new to the game can take up a lot of time. If you have a larger group it could take up to an hour out of your game time to prepare, so it’s generally better to get pre-generated characters from us. If you decide on a pre-generated character you will be provided with a picture of the character, a short background and a name for the character.

How difficult will the game be?

D+D is an open ended game. It also has levels, levels roughly indicate the difficulty of the game, and levels also indicate the power and success of your character. As you level up you can do more and more amazing things, D+D is a game of magic after all, picture Harry Potter in book 1 versus book 6, Luke in Episode 4 versus Episode 6. Low levels are difficult as you are heroes, but only beginning heroes, and the game world is dangerous. Mid-levels are more challenging as you have a lot more power and abilities to juggle against more powerful enemies, and high level games are harder still, though if you have grown with the character for years it’s much easier. If playing a one shot game we recommend playing a low level session, mid-level and higher level sessions are better when you are more familiar with the game. However, a higher level game can be run, just be prepared for longer prep time as the characters will be more complex.

What do I need to know to play on game day?

In Person

D+D is a complex game with many rules, but here are the only rules you need to know for game day:

1. No phones.

2. You may be in character, or not, as is your preference.

3. No abusive behavior towards the GM or any player at the table will be tolerated.

4. The GM’s rulings stand.

5. Bring your imagination.

Online

The same as above

Any other game mechanics you will learn in game. If you are interested in learning the game mechanics as you go let your GM know and they will walk you through it as you play. Otherwise they will just ask you to throw certain dice when needed. You can know as little or as much about the rules as you want when you play, that’s why the GM is there. Just be aware that asking for rules will slow down the game.

How do we know when we’ve “won”?

D+D is a game you don’t really “win”, you experience it. There may be a goal for the adventure, it may be more open ended, or you and your friends may just get dragged into some mayhem. The session ends when the time is up, and additional time costs more, so your GM will usually try to ensure as best they can that you have completed something significant by the end of the session, and may make some in game decisions to move you along if you are stuck. Really the only way to “win” at D+D is to survive to adventure another day, and even dying off can be pretty spectacular.

What happens if my character dies?

No sweat, in old school D+D the joke is that you don’t bother naming your character until they have been around for a few months. Death is everywhere in D+D. When you die we have two options, the GM can assign you an existing non-player character (NPC) from the game world to play with, or you can roll up your own character on the spot (about 5-10 min). However, if your group is competitive, you are welcome to play “cutthroat” D+D, and anyone who dies is out of the game. This is NOT recommended for younger players.

How does the GM decide who lives and dies?

Actually, the GM is a “neutral arbitrator” we have no interest in keeping your character alive, or killing it off. You will die under one of two circumstances in the game, either you will make a bad decision and the dice will kill you, or you will make a good decision but the dice roll badly and you die anyway. A GM will rarely overrule a dice result, so for the most part the way to survive in D+D is to play smart and collaboratively.

What will happen if you run a game for my child’s birthday and their character dies?

No one enjoys a game of D+D unless there is some real risk in it, that’s part of the thrill! If your child rolls badly and ends up dead they will be provided with a new character from the game world (a so-called Non-Player Character) or they can roll up a new one on the spot. Alternately, the game can be run on “video game mode”, where the heroes just reappear, hale and hearty, but I don’t recommend it, it bleeds most of the excitement out of the game.

How do I book a game?

Book through the link on the main page, we will take it from there. We generally come to you for an event, if you want to come to us please indicate it as soon as possible as it will require us to find a suitable location for the game. There are a number of gaming café’s in the city that allow us to run games there, but they are rather loud and often busy (and none take advanced bookings).

Email Bookings: blackdragongamesinfo@gmail.com