The first edition of D&D was published in 1974, and the game has long been part of popular culture. The hype of the Netflix show "Stranger Things" and pandemic stay-at-home mandates have boosted its sales in recent years.
Today, a new generation is discovering the communal pleasures of 80s role-playing. In its fifth iteration, the game features simplified and modernized rules, but the basic concept remains the same: players pretend to be warriors, mages and elves embarking on imaginary quests and deciding the outcome of battles and other climactic events by rolling dice. The Dungeon Master, who uses the game's instruction books and campaign guides to structure the adventure, acts as both a storyteller and referee.
While some may find D&D to be nerdy and quaint, that does not diminish the importance of the human connection involved in the game itself. Roleplaying is a great way to bring people together in an age when most of our socializing is facilitated by phone screens and social media.
Jim and Andrea McEwan, owners of High Score Arcade and Gaming Lounge in Winchester, surveyed their Facebook audience to see if D&D would be a good addition to their already extensive gaming options, which include classic arcade games, pinball, Xbox One, PS5, VR, and more. Customers were excited about the possibility of the addition!
Since February 2022, High Score Arcade and Gaming Lounge has provided a safe, fun environment for both families and gamers. Adding D & D will expand their audience and allow a community of people to share in the role-playing experience.
High Score Arcade and Gaming Lounge, on the Square in Downtown Winchester, will host its first D & D (5th Edition) night on Friday, September 30th. For more information, visit the High Score D & D Event page.