Get out your d20, and get ready to Support the Squire!
Dungeons & Dragons has had a profound impact on the lives of it’s 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, it is well known. 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 by 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.
Thus, with the creation of the Support the Squire Initiative, 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 may be needed. For we, the D20 Collective, want to give back keep tabletop gaming alive and thriving for years to come.