Over the weekend, someone had contacted us regarding a group of students in need of supplies to kick off a Dungeons & Dragons club at their high school and the group had gotten harassed online when posting about it. I shared the word to all of you Game Knights, and like the valiant heroes you are, they received an astonishing amount of support from players near and far. The love, support, and willingness to contribute was awe-inspiring and truly incredible. The stories told about other’s experiences playing D&D when they were in school and how it helped them in their life brought a smile to my face and filled me with hope each time. I wanted to see that same spark of hope and compassion turn into a blazing fire. And now with help from you, we can.
Get out your d20, and get ready to Support the Squire!
Dungeons & Dragons has had a profound impact on the lives of its players over the years, regardless of whether they played it only in their youth, or still play it to this day. There are countless people out there that can say that D&D helped them socialize, learn new skills, improve their writing or gave them more confidence. To an outsider, this may seem ridiculous, but to those who have played it is a story often heard time and time again. To us, that is a beautiful thing. We all go through hard times, especially when growing up, and being able to have an outlet to not only tackle difficult emotions and discover yourself, but also be able to do so in a fun, social way is a wonderful thing that should be available to those who want to at least try it out.
That being said, the stereotyping and stigma surrounding Dungeons & Dragons as well as it’s players still lives on to this day, scaring away those who wish to learn more about it. Young novice players are especially vulnerable to being driven away by this, not wanting to be mocked by their peers. This coupled with the cost of buying official publications of the core books, getting dice, finding adventures to run, etc. makes getting into the game a rather daunting task for a young newcomer. Especially for those in areas where the notion of playing games like D&D is foolishly mocked by people or have no sort of local community of roleplayers.
This, however, has been changing, with veteran players setting up clubs and groups at schools for students to get together and play tabletop RPGs, and we want to support and encourage that effort.
From here forward, 5% of our profits will be set aside to be used to get materials for youth groups and clubs that play D&D (or any other tabletop games for that matter). Whether that be dice, core books, folding tables or whatever else is needed. For we, the D20 Collective, want to give back keep tabletop gaming alive and thriving for years to come.
That will be our promise to you. For we are the Collective, and supporting the growth of the community is what we strive to do.
If you have a group that needs dice, rulebooks, etc, feel free to fill out the following form so we can help you get the die rolling.