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31 Jul 2016, 3:45 pm

All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from playing Dungeons & Dragons.

• Sometimes, despite all of your planning and preparation, the dragon wins.
• Bring enough food and drinks to share with others.
• Get everything possible out of the tools you have at your disposal.
• Getting your enemies to fight each other is safer and more effective than fighting them all yourself.
• Don't rely on assumptions; learn to ask questions instead. Wrong assumptions can kill you.
• Cultivate non-standard skills.
• Make friends everywhere.
• Habitual behavior is a lethal trap.
• Treasure is not always what you expect it to be.
• Study the documentation.
• Learn from your own mistakes or leave the game.
• Learn from others' mistakes, as well.
• Draw a map as you go.
• Bigger is not always better.
• Every lock has a key.
• Keep track of your every resource, both material and personal.
• There is no such thing as the perfect ally.
• It really does matter to get along well with others.
• Diversity is essential to survival.
• Understanding probability is mandatory - know the odds.
• Every conflict is important.
• Everyone has something to contribute.
• You create your own story, or someone else creates it for you.
• Always have a back-up plan.
• Always have an escape route.
• Those who have failed to plan have, by default, planned to fail.
• Everyone wants to slay the monster.
• Everyone wants the treasure.
• Everyone wants a good story to tell.
• The greater the scam, the greater the backlash when the scam is discovered.
• Treat the Dungeon Master with kindness - people in authority need a little love, too.
• Know what kind of monster you're up against.
• Quality over quantity.

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31 Jul 2016, 5:14 pm

Strict adherence to the rules is anathema to happiness.



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05 Aug 2016, 12:19 pm

Maja Toudal on learning life skills from tabletop role playing games.



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05 Aug 2016, 1:26 pm

Excellent idea...

How to deal with bullies: Shapechange: Iron Golem
How to deal with office politics: Wail of the Banshee :twisted:
How to deal with annoying family gatherings: Time Stop
How to deal with crowds: Gate

oh wait, I'm doing it wrong...


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06 Aug 2016, 6:21 pm

Ha ha, nice one. :lol:


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07 Aug 2016, 9:25 am

-Don't get too attached to that dark elf named Francie that you spent an hour creating. She may die within the first 15 minutes.
-Don't use barbies instead of the little pewter figures, it will annoy your brother so much he will dragonmaster you into a ditch
-Don't ever let your mom play

Yes, all of those DO translate into Life Lessons as well.



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07 Aug 2016, 4:29 pm

All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from playing Dungeons & Dragons.

• A little generosity goes a long way.
• A ten-foot pole has a multitude of uses, including firewood.
• Ability is quantifiable.
• Always prepare a back-up plan and an escape route.
• An idea isn't stupid if it works.
• Arguing with those in authority always gets results; but not always the results you wanted.
• Beware the sudden kindness of strangers.
• Bigger is not always better.
• Bring enough food and drinks to share with everyone.
• Carry more than one kind of light source into dark places.
• Cultivate non-standard skills.
• Dice never lie; people do.
• Diversity in skills and perspectives is essential to survival.
• Don't rely on assumptions; learn to ask questions instead. Wrong assumptions can kill you.
• Don't take death personally.
• Don't waste time with minions; take it directly to the minions' boss.
• Draw a map as you go.
• Every detail is important.
• Every lock has a key.
• Every member of a party should have a unique purpose.
• Everyone has something to contribute.
• Everyone wants a good story to tell.
• Everyone wants the treasure.
• Everyone wants to slay the monster.
• Get everything possible out of the tools you have at your disposal.
• Getting your enemies to fight each other is safer and more effective than fighting them all yourself.
• Habitual behavior can be exploited as a lethal trap.
• Imagination counts!
• It really is important to get along well with others.
• Keep track of your every resource, both material and personal.
• Know first aid, and teach it to others.
• Know what kind of monster you're up against.
• Knowing the odds can spell the difference between success and failure.
• Learn from others' mistakes as well as your own.
• Lots of little hurts can be just as lethal as one big hurt.
• Make friends everywhere.
• No matter how powerful you are, there is always someone more powerful.
• Once you have everything working right, stop trying to make it work better.
• People are more interesting when they're flawed.
• Practice may not "make perfect", but it beats having no skills at all.
• Quality of tools over quantity of tools, every time.
• Reliance on luck alone works for you less than half of the time.
• Remember your primary goal at all times.
• Sometimes, despite all of your best efforts, the dragon wins.
• Strict adherence to the rules is anathema to happiness.
• Study the documentation.
• The greater the scam, the greater the backlash when the scam is discovered.
• The laws of physics can and will be used against you.
• There is no such thing as the foolproof plan.
• There is no such thing as the loyal henchman.
• Those who have failed to plan, by default, have planned to fail.
• Treasure is not always what you expect it to be.
• Treat every battle as a "Boss Battle" - fight to win!
• Treat those in authority with respect and kindness; they hold your future in their hands.
• Weirdness counts!
• When all else fails, improvise.
• You either create your own story, or you let someone else create it for you.
• You may have to lose something you want to gain something you want even more.
• Your reputation is based on how well you handle "random encounters".

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09 Aug 2016, 9:08 am

It's like deja vu all over again..,



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10 Aug 2016, 9:12 pm

Any game can teach you things.

Poker is a great one for aspies. It forces you to read people's faces, and to deal with bluff and deception.

But despite being a "fantasy" game D&D sounds( from the OP) like it could be a good schooling as well.



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11 Aug 2016, 11:13 am

Wand of Viscid Glob would come in handy at a Trump rally. :twisted:


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14 Aug 2016, 3:26 pm

Pen & Paper doesn't teach valuable life skills. It is rather something to get away from reality. Pen and Paper still is only semi-random due to rules like attributes (stuff like 1d+2 for swimming and not drowning). And the things you have named are rather prerequisites that you don't just learn in Pen and Paper but also in real life. Your post would then by your logic also make sense if you said "Life teaches Dungeons & Dragons skills". It is pretty much mutual.