5 Ways to Play D&D

When I started playing Dungeons and Dragons I foolishly thought there was only one way to play. But no! A simple search and a dash of imagination opens up the world of D&D beyond the usual format. I’m sure there’s more, but for now, here are 5 ways to play D&D with friends, family and/or strangers off the street.

ways to play D&D1. RPG

The original and possibly the best method to play and enjoy D&D. The very first RPG (Role Playing Game) Dungeons and Dragons came out in 1974; the game has grown and developed over time and is still being modified for the next (5th) edition. The RPG version of Dungeons and Dragons has you creating your own character and playing on a large grid, usually with images to represent a location (like a town, forest or dungeon). There is no structure to the direction you travel (unlike games like Snakes and Ladders), you can move about freely up to your designated speed (usually between 5-6 squares per turn). The really fun part of playing D&D this way? You don’t just move your character about, you also get to speak for them, making you more involved in the game.

Even though this was the original way to play, because of today’s technology, there are some alternative ways to play D&D


Unlike the RPG, the board game, Dungeon, is more like a traditional game such as Monopoly, where you are given a set direction to move about the board. To win the game, you have to gain the most tokens.

Like other traditional board games, you play against your family/friends to win. This is very different from the RPG, where you play as a team to win united. This is probably an easier way for young children to play the game as it’s less complicated than the RPG method.

Dungeon Board Game


Cosplay involves dressing up as a character. Sounds intimidating? Don’t knock it! It’s a lot of fun to do with your family/friends (I do this with my sister for Supanova every year, even my mum got involved last time!). You could go to an event like Supanova, Oz 

Comic Con (Australian events) or Comic Con (American event). They’re usually on once a year and are whole days just made for dressing up as your favourite characters. There are also some pretty famous people in the geek universe attending — this year at Supernova they had actors from the Hobbit! How cool is that? (Yes, cool and geek DO go together).


D&D now has an online game over at the Wizards of the Coast website. There are many campaigns (quests or games) you can play (Shadowfell is the new popular thing). One great thing about the online versions is you can customise your character and play with or against people all over the world. It’s a fun and interactive way to bring your character to life! As you progress through this game you gain XP (experience points – these enable you to move up levels) and gp (gold pieces, so you can buy cool stuff, like weapons and spells).


And finally, another cool way to play D&D is on a console (such as PlayStation). The D&D game Daggerdale is a fun game to enhance your experience of Dungeons and Dragons. It is a solo and co-op game so you can enjoy it with your friends/family or play alone (something you can’t do with the RPG). You can customise your characters to your liking and it has great graphics. It also has an easy to understand tutorial to follow.

I hope these 5 ways to play D&D have shown you some potential new ways to jazz up your D&D experience! As always, the important thing is you enjoy the quest (and find lots of gold!).

Wizards of the Coast

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Emily 🙂