Teen Tabletop Gaming

For summer 2021, Teen Tabletop Gaming is meeting outside in the library courtyard, weather-permitting. The voice chat on the MLCL Teens discord server will also be up and active, so it’s easy to participate from anywhere. In rainy or very hot weather, we’ll revert to meeting online. Watch the library website calendar and the discord group for weather-related updates.

Contact Emilirose by email (emilirose.rasmusson@marshalllyonlibrary.org) or on discord (Emilirose#6886) for a link to the server. You can also message the library on Facebook. New players are always welcome! Learn more about our discord server here.

Currently, we’re meeting every Tuesday from 3:30 until about 6 pm. There are two campaigns running: one with level 9 characters, and one with level 2 characters. We’ll choose which to play depending on who attends.Tuesday’s characters are level 9, and Thursday’s characters are level 1.

In normal conditions, our teen tabletop gaming group meets twice a month: the first and third Tuesdays from 3:30-6 pm. If there is a 5th Tuesday, we use that as a new player introduction day. We usually spend the first half hour setting up and getting our characters ready. We start playing officially at 4 pm! We’ll be done by 6 pm. We usually play the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. You can bring your own books and dice if you want, but we’ll also have dice and books you can use.

What is Dungeons & Dragons?
D&D is a collaborative table-top roleplaying game. Players work in teams called parties to solve mysteries, defeat monsters, and complete dangerous quests in strange, exciting worlds. Survival requires teamwork, creativity, and a little bit of math.

New to D&D?
We love new players! There’s a lot to learn when you first start playing, but we’ll all be happy to help. Currently, we recommend that you plan to play on Thursdays on discord for our lower-level campaign. On Tuesdays, you may just want to listen.

Want to do a little research or set up your character before you come? Check out the basic player’s handbook, available free to download here from Wizards of the Coast: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules. If a new player, we recommend starting with a Fighter or a Rogue. Magic adds a lot more rules to the game, which can be daunting when you’ve never played before. You can always make new characters (or multiclass) later!

How to Play
As a player, you’ll need a set of polyhedral dice and a character sheet. You might also need some extra information about the things your character can do. The dice add an element of chance to the game. You’ll use them to find out if your character is able to do the things you want them to do.

The character sheet contains information about your adventuring alter ego. They’ll have a race (like elf, dwarf, or human) and a class (like fighter, wizard, or cleric). They’ll also have numbers that indicate how good they are at certain things. You’ll list objects they have with them, like camping supplies and weapons, as well as abilities they have, like magic spells or innate talents. Never set up a character before? We’ll help! It’s pretty fun.

Remember, your character will need to be cautious about how they act and considerate of the other members of your adventuring party. Your adventure is being controlled by the Dungeon Master, or DM, and they won’t hesitate to penalize your character for doing something unsafe or mean.

Need some additional resources?
The MLC Library has its own copies of the 5th edition Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, Dungeon Master’s Guide, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, and Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything that are available for check-out.

Copies of the 4th edition Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and a few other books are also available for check-out. Be aware that the rules changed significantly between 4e and 5e, though!

Too old for the teen group?
Adult groups are welcome at the library, too! We’re also glad to help new and old players connect with each other. You might also consider joining the SWMN Tabletop discord server to get in touch with other local players. Contact emilirose.rasmusson@marshalllyonlibrary.org for info.