Dungeons & Dragons, the nerdy tabletop role-playing game of the 80s, is experiencing a renaissance with newfound growth and engagement. With newer, easier-to-digest rules and a wealth of real-play podcasts to dip your toes, getting into D&D is easier now than ever. So why should you get in on the craze? Simply, it’s a grand ol' time...but it may also make you a better employee.
In this episode of Here’s What I Know, we spoke with Graphic Designer and Illustrator Charlie Long, about how she sees D&D as a chance to stretch crucial social skills that she can use in her day-to-day work life.
Long meets with her group about once a week to continue an ongoing story she and her fellow players are helping craft by embodying unique and strange characters they’ve devised. In doing so, she finds herself collaborating not only with the characters in-game, but with the people playing them to find solutions that can make everyone happy, or at least lead to a good laugh.
Meanwhile, the Dungeon Master throws unique situations at them demanding creative problem-solving to get through. Sometimes things don’t go to plan, or the plan was poorly thought through, and the group has to find ways to power through failure and make the most of a bad situation.
“There’s a lot of opportunities to fail due to chance and a lot of opportunities to fail because you had a bad plan. I remember one of my professors would often say ‘fail early, fail often’ and D&D really lets you fail often," Long said.
But perhaps the most interesting to a roleplay focused player, such as herself, is the chance to step into someone else’s shoes and practice empathy.
How can a game like Dungeons & Dragons create essential practice for improving efficiency, collaboration, and confidence in the workplace? Listen to this episode to find out!
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