Last weekend my DnD group got the chance to give a new player, Emily, her first taste of Dungeons and Dragons. When I played my first game, I already had an idea of what I getting into. I had a basic understanding of the rules and was mostly just excited to make a character and try it for myself. Emily, however, knew little about the game aside from knowing it was indeed a game and that dice were involved. After playing, I decided to interview her to see what a true first impression of Dungeons and Dragons was like.
Before we started the game, how did you feel about playing DnD for the first time?
I was excited but nervous. I knew that I would be playing with people I know, but they were all experienced and I had no information on how to play until we started character creation. And from there it seemed like I got a lot of info all at once so I didn’t know if I’d remember everything I should when playing. I was nervous because I didn’t want to slow them down or make it more difficult.
Did that change as the game went on?
Yeah, because everyone was really helpful when I didn’t understand what something was, and they explained it to me and I caught on pretty quickly. And it was fun, so the nervousness kind of went away because I was more focused on the storyline of the game than on not understanding what to do in situations. It helped that if I didn’t know what to do then I had other people there to help make decisions and lead the way a little bit.
What was one thing you enjoyed about playing?
It was different than anything I’ve done before, because it wasn’t a board game, wasn’t a video game, it was interactive and you kind of get to choose the storyline. And I find it interesting how there are parts of it you don’t even get to see. I just find that really cool. Shout out to the DM that they have to do so much planning and half of it doesn’t even get done.
What was one thing that you didn’t expect?
How long it was going to be. Obviously it was going to take a little bit of time, but I didn’t expect it to be four, four and a half hours long, which probably wouldn’t have mattered so much if we weren’t playing so late at night.
What would you say to anyone who’s never played before and is thinking about trying it for the first time?
If you’re thinking about trying it and think it could be something you’re interested in, definitely go for it because it’s a lot of fun. Depending on who you are it may seem a little intimidating at first, but once you get into it it’s a good time.
Of course, as with everything, who you’re with is as important as what you’re doing. If your first experience with DnD isn’t as positive as Emily’s don’t give up hope! Finding any group at all to play with can be difficult, and it can be even harder to find people who work well with your play style and schedule. Keep at it though, and you’ll find people you click with to get the most out of your Dungeons and Dragons experience. I’m so thankful to have such a great group and such a fantastic DM, (and of course, a huge thank you to our guest-DM last weekend.)
What was your first game like? Any advice for new players? If you’re new, or nervous about joining a game for the first time, did this article help at all? Leave a like, or let me know in the comments below!