Bored out of your wits? Learn Dungeons and Dragons.

Boredom is perhaps one of the worst problems you can ever encounter, especially if you happen to be working and there’s a deadline that you need to meet. Deadlines can be quite annoying, mainly because even when you don’t feel like making or producing anything, you find that you still have to force yourself to do so. And so, when you are bored, it’s easy to get lost in the temptation to just submit everything to chance and let things be (sort of like how, in an Amsterdam holiday, for example, you simply let things be and really act the part of the tourist).

But, everyone knows that unproductivitiy is inexcusable. In a world that runs on deadlines, it’s unacceptable that you don’t deliver exactly what’s expected of you.  With all that said, you also cannot discount the fact that boredom is a legitimate state of mind. So, the question you really want to ask is this: what should you do if and when boredom strikes and you’re caught up in a state of refusal to act? Here’s your answer – play a little round of Dungeons and Dragons, otherwise known as D&D.

Guide for the Basics

First thing you have to do is to purchase the handbooks. You can probably shop online for this, and you will probably need to, because it’s really of great help. To be able to play Dungeons and Dragons, also known as D&D or more commonly DnD, you need to know the rules. If you can't find a store to buy the books from, try some website such as amazon.com. Read through the handbooks to the point that you understand the basic rules.

Second thing you need to do is to understand the importance of race. There are different races which your character can be. These vary slightly between editions, but the most common include human, dwarf, elf, halfling, half-elf, half-orc, and gnome. The different races will have different inherent abilities, benefits and downsides. This will affect how your character gets by in life.

Third, you also need to understand what your character does, which is also known as ‘class’. More importantly, it determines the skills they will have which affects the role your character will have in the group. It is important to choose a class befitting your race. The classes are, again, different depending on edition. Common classes include fighter, rogue, and wizard.

Fourth (and this is probably something that most beginners will forget), understand the role of the dice. There are a number of dice used when playing DnD. These are not just normal dice, but rather special dice with an unusual number of sides. The most common DnD dice is the classic d20 (quickly followed by a d10) but you will need a number of others. The best option is to get a full set from your local game shop.

With all of this, it’s important to know that D&D, especially when used to address your boredom needs, must never be done for the sake of just doing it – remember that you’re doing it to up your productivity levels, and nothing else.

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