The Dungeons and Dragons Club of LHS


Chris Pearcy

English teacher Nathan Hedrick’s castle holds several pairs of dice that can be used in Dungeons and Dragons.

Known as a game for nerds and basement dwellers, Dungeons and Dragons, or D & D. has taken its place at LHS. English teacher Nathan Hedrick introduced the club.

Players can use one of many Dungeons and Dragons books to play different adventures. (Chris Pearcy)

“This is one of my hobbies I do at home,” Hedrick said, “It has educational properties because it’s reading, writing, and a lot of imagination.”

D & D is a table-top, fantasy, role-playing game. Before the game session begins, all players create their characters, first choosing their appearance then moving into their class. This character will only exist on a paper called a character sheet. The player will be role-playing as this character for the rest of the game.

“During play, there’s one person called the Dungeon Master,” Hedrick said, “They control the enemies like the computer in a computer game does.”

The Dungeon Master, or DM, plays a major part in D & D. They are the narrators and referees of the entire session. They are in charge of preparing, creating, and describing the session and all scenarios the group goes through.

Senior Addison Riewoldt creates a character for the game using a character sheet.

“To get away, one of our players used his character’s dextrous nature to tap dance away to safety,” senior Liam Gay said.

D & D is held high for its repeatability and never-ending fun. Many stories emerge from these game sessions.

“There’s pretty much endless possibilities of things to do, and all of it comes down to the roll of the dice,” Hedrick said.

Dice are a crucial part of D & D. Whenever a player wants to do something that has a chance of failure, they have to roll a dice. The success of the action depends on which number the player gets. There are many parts that join together in order to make D & D successful.

“My friend consistently shot himself in the foot because he kept rolling poorly,” junior Noah Chanley said.

Junior Brian Black references a Player’s Handbook, which helps players create characters and learn the basic rules of play. (Chris Pearcy)

With its plenty of amazing mechanics, D & D has earned a spot in not only players but watcher’s hearts. Many people enjoy watching people play games more than playing it themselves.

“You’re going to have fun watching anyways,” Hedrick said, “Literally just come in and watch a session happen.”

That is what he says to those who may still be unsure of joining the club. Hedrick encourages students to come and watch sessions to see how they like it. If a student wants to join, they’re free to do so; there are pre-made character sheets and a community of players welcoming them with open arms.

“It’s just such a fun, crazy, story-telling endeavor,” Hedrick said.