Photo of D&D dice taken by Jim Zavala
Photo of D&D dice taken by Jim Zavala
Photo of D&D dice taken by Jim Zavala

You awaken suddenly. You’re disoriented, but bright orange sparks catch your eye on the far side of the room. A medium-sized fire then erupts. What do you do?

This was the first scenario Dungeon Master Jim Zavala presented to two friends who walked into the comic shop this week with the hopes of beginning their journey into the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, or D&D.

“I make my way to the door then kick it down,” said Matt, one of the 30-somethings who had only ever played video games and the Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) World of…

Melinda Garza

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