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Where Does the Dungeons and Dragons Game Take Place?

Dungeons and Dragons takes place in fantasy worlds like Lord of the Rings, Elves of Shannara, or King Arthur. These worlds are made up by the Dungeon Masters–sometimes from scratch or perhaps with a little help from other Dungeon Masters.

Where will the Dungeons and Dragons game that will begin January 9, 2018 take place? The World of Aloric! An original fantasy-scape created by digital services tech, James. He created the map using an online world generator called donjon, and the rest was generated from his own imagination.

The Ruins of Minas Govi is where the characters start. This city has existed on the brink of desolation for several generations, but now faces its most serious threat: the desert is running dry of water wells.

This is going to send the would-be heroes (played by YOU) on a quest to those who control the waters in the west, the Vampire Lords. However, along for the journey is a goblin raider who tells the tale of five mystical weapons that just might mean the difference between life and death — if the vampires choose to be less than helpful. But can this goblin be trusted?

Join our Dungeons and Dragons game and find out!

How Do You Play a Character in Dungeons and Dragons?

The key with having a fun time playing Dungeons and Dragons is understanding that you must role play your character. That means you make decisions based on what your character does and knows.

Above we have the white character pieces that represent each person playing. The goblin, the ranger, the dwarf, and the warrior. The purple and green pieces represent the characters played by the Dungeon Master (see previous post on who that is!) — whether the characters are friend or foe depends on the story!

Physical pieces placed on a grid map allow you to know where your character is in relation to monsters and each other. Each grid box is five feet of space, so the bridge (as an example) is 25 feet long. If your character can move 20 feet per turn, your character can move four squares per turn.

The green fighter above, using a longsword with a 10-foot reach, would be able to attack the ranger. The ranger and purple mage cannot battle, as there is a tree in the way. The goblin and dwarf have to get around the river to help their companions and need to get to that bridge! If their speed is only 10 feet per turn, they can only get two squares every turn!

And what happens when battles take place? How do you know if the green fighter hits with his longsword? You roll a dice.

Dungeons and Dragons uses what’s called polyhedral dice. The most common are a 20, 12, 10, eight, six, and four-sided die. Depending on your character, you may have bonuses to add to your rolls (or minuses!). And that determines who wins and who loses each skirmish! (This also works with feats of athletics, such as jumping or climbing.)

The battle between the ranger and the green fighter may look like this:

RANGER STATS: Armour class: 16, +2 hit with arrows.
GREEN FIGHTER: Armour class: 19, +3 hit with longsword.

Dungeon Master: “The green fighter eyes the magical orb attached to your belt and demands that you hand it over.”
Player Ranger: “Never! I load my bow and shoot an arrow.” (rolls twenty-sided die, but only rolls a four. Even with her +2 to hit, she has only scored a six!)
Dungeon Master: “You miss, and the green fighter swings his longsword.” (rolls twenty-sided die, and rolls a 15.) “With his +3 to hit, the green fighter rolls an 18! That’s a hit!”

And the action continues…

Interested in playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons? Keep reading our blog for a weekly post on how the game is played, or you can sign up for our weekly Dungeons and Dragons Gamers Club for teens starting January 9th, 2018.


Stranger Things are Happening at Your Library!

If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you have seen them play and talk about the game Dungeons and Dragons (also known as D&D). By the time the kids in the TV series started playing it, since the show takes place in the 80s, Dungeons and Dragons would have already been around for more than a decade.

Did you know that Dungeons and Dragons, created by Gary Gygax and David Arneson, started in 1974? Or that it was inspired by war combat reenactments with plastic toy soldiers and by Lord of the Rings? Maybe you’re not sure what Dungeons and Dragons even is…

Stranger Things

Whether you realize it or not, your gaming and literary world was heavily inspired by D&D. World of Warcraft, Diablo, Skyrim, and many other video games are descendants of the game you see the characters playing in Stranger Things. The difference is that the action in D&D takes place in your imagination and not on a computer screen.

How does that work? Think of it like reading a book. The author, known as the “Dungeon Master,” or “DM,” tells you the story by describing what you see, except with D&D you get to play the character and choose where the plot goes. Kind of like this:

DM: You walk into a cave. It’s dark, but you smell the putrid stench of someone who has not showered in weeks.
Player: I light a torch!
DM: The room ignites in a soft amber glow, and hiding in the shadows you see a goblin with a treasure chest in his hand.

And so the story continues, with you as the hero!

Starting in January, Richmond Public Library will be putting together a Dungeons and Dragons game  just for teens! Dungeon Mastered by James, Digital Services Tech (and author), we’ll be using much of our in-house tech to enhance the game. 3D printed figures, maps displayed on our media wall with six screens, characters generated on iPads, and much more!

Watch this blog for more information and our website for registration in this program! (Registration opens December 18th!)

Canva 101: ERASE Bullying

7:30-8:30 PM
Launchpad, Brighouse (Main) Branch

Seeking inspiration for your next creative project? Learn how to design a poster for the City of Richmond’s ERASE Bullying Poster Contest using Canva. Register through RPL’s event calendar.

Create stunning designs in your browser with the free version of Canva. Come to RPL’s Canva 101: ERASE Bullying to learn how you can take advantage of Canva’s library of graphics, professional layouts and fonts to create your own masterpiece.

ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) aims to prevent and combat bullying so that students in British Columbia can feel accepted and safe in their schools.

You can help promote the 2018 ERASE Bullying campaign in Richmond by submitting your poster designs to the ERASE Bullying Poster Contest by November 20, 2017.


Want to Create Your Own Video Game?

One of my favourite things to do at the end of my day is to sit at my computer and play one of my favourite video games. My current obsession is Left for Dead 2 (still hoping the rumours of a L4D3 are true), but I also enjoy a good treasure-seeking monster-hunting round of Diablo. Every now and then I don the cowl and cape and play Batman Arkham Asylum–but I have this habit of getting lost in the city after making too many right-hand turns and I can never find the Joker. (And yes, I know Batman has a GPS but that doesn’t seem to help me at all.)

Knowing what I like and wish were available in a video game often makes me wish I could create my own. Imagine a Batman-style Arkham adventure with streets filled with zombies, where your ultimate goal is to find magic items that make you more and more powerful! But how does one go about learning how to make their own games?

You could come to Game Curious, a free no-pressure learning environment of discussion, discovery and play right here at the Richmond Public Library! At this weekly event starting July 8th, you can connect with local storytellers who also love video games.

There will be six MAKE sessions, and all are inclusive and non-competitive workshops that use free software to introduce the skills needed to make games. Here, you will be supported by mentors and you will create your own game!

All you have to do is sign up!


SIX MAKE sessions July 8th – August 12th

July 8: Design and Planning: Helping to get you started on your first game.
July 15: Coding Concepts: No previous experience required!
July 22: Narrative: Storytelling and interactive narrative.
July 29: Art and Audio: Making your game come alive!
August 5 + 12: Finishing Your Game: We’ll be there to support you as your put the finishing touches on your project.


Youth Week Events at RPL!

Are you looking for free events and activities to celebrate Youth Week? Come to the library! (100-7700 Minoru Gate)

Science & Technology Expo – Wed, May 3; 3:30-5:30pm

Interested in science and technology? This event will have hands-on activities and engaging workshops available from professionals in the field. Come be a part of this amazing science experience! Workshops at 4:00 & 4:45pm. Drop-in anytime! Call 231.6457 for info. Click for details:

Youth Job Fair – Thu, May 4; 3:00-5:00pm

Are you looking for work experience? The library has teamed up with employers in the community who are looking for youth to join their team! Employers to expect are McDonalds, 6Pack Indoor Beach, Telus and more! Bring your resume and come prepared for an informal interview. Avia Employment Services will also be offering hands on sessions to help you get job ready! Drop-in anytime! Call 604.231.6457 for info! Click for details:

Careers in Media Arts @ the Media Lab (Cultural Centre) – Sat, May 6; 12:00-4:00pm

Explore career options in Media Arts through workshops and discussions with professionals working in graphic design, animation and video game production. Register in person or online: Animation #: 2022488, Graphic Design #: 2022588, Video Game Production #: 2022538. Call 604.247.8303 for info.