Role playing games unlock fantasies

by | Feb 13, 2015 | A&E

Corey Brehaut

A barbarian, a rogue, and a sorcerer walk into a bar.

This is the world of Dungeons and Dragons and the Guilds of HumberLife RPGs Club.

A Role Playing Game is played with five or more people who create characters to represent themselves in a fantasy world. Statistics on the sheets represent natural ability and a roll of the dice represents random chance. Everything is governed over by a dungeon master.

Alexander Rowe, 24, second year engineering for control systems student, is dungeon master for a Feb. 6 game mixing science fiction and medieval fantasy.

“The story going so far is that essentially there was a cataclysm. A giant star fell out of he sky onto one of the continents and basically killed all life existing on it,” he said.

The club formed last semester as a breakaway from the Board Games Club with 30 to 50 people, said Katie VanderLaan, first-year business management student and president.

“I love making the characters and just getting along in a fantasy world. It is like writing a book except I’m in the book,” VanderLaan said.

There are multiple ongoing games and they all play with their own rules. The game is usually played with stat sheets and miniature figures on a physical grid but Rowe uses an online system called Roll20.

“It just digitized all of the stuff that we would normally have to be sitting there and erasing and writing,” said Rowe.

The group is tight knit and casual with one another.

“It is the people, man,” said Daniel Tersigni, a first-year general arts and science student.

“We all have like interests. They all play RPGs (and) they all play video games. They like the same things you do,” he said.

“It is always really fun to see a bunch of people that you can connect with so easily,” said Tersigni.