D&D and Critical Role

It’s a tough transition to go from an athlete/academic/party girl to a girl playing D&D. I’ve always loved telling stories and writing and generally being in my imagination more than the real world, but I’ve never even known about D&D until only a few years ago. It’s unfortunate this world has been obscured by me just because of the people I surround myself with. In my cliques in high school, they viewed D&D as a social sink hole. Although I try to refrain from judging people, my friends judged these people so harshly that I felt uncomfortable pursuing this hobby. Enter: Critical Role.

I started listening to Critical Role on Apple Podcasts earlier this year. I started listening to the second campaign because I’m silly. I’m almost done with the second campaign and then I’ve decided to listen to the third campaign and watch The Legend of Vox Machina which I think will give me a good enough picture of the first campaign hopefully that I won’t need to go back and listen to that one, although I still might. This is all to say that this group of “nerdy-ass voice actors” have stolen my heart. I never thought it was possible to connect to people or their characters as intensely in such a short amount of time as I have with them. Because of them I’m breaking through the wall of harsh criticisms and fully embracing this hobby.

I’m about to start a campaign. I’ve created a wonderfully weird character, built a simple backstory so as not to get too over my head for my first time. Then tragedy strikes. My DM tells me he’s postponing his campaign. Okay tragedy might be a stretch, but if there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I have virtually no patience. When he told me I was going to have to wait to immerse myself into my dragonborn mystic, I genuinely wanted to cry like a toddler and throw a tantrum at him. I think this reaction has largely to do with the anticipation and love that the cast of Critical Role has distilled into me for a game I’ve never even played. So, thanks a lot.

In all seriousness, I think this whole journey of tapping into my creative side has actually opened up a more empathetic part of my heart. More people need to step back and reflect on how they view and talk about people and be less afraid to jump out of their comfort zone. If people are always afraid to try something new because they’re afraid of what people think, they will never try anything ever! Take this blog for example. This is my first post and while it might not be boisterous and loud and attention grabbing, and I’m terribly afraid of doing this, I’m still doing it. Whether it’s bold or naive, it still is.

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