Teen Tabletop Gaming

Teen Tabletop Gaming is a hybrid program. You can attend in person or remotely through Discord. Check the event listing for changes and the latest safety measures.

Contact Emilirose by email (emilirose.rasmusson@marshalllyonlibrary.org) or on discord (Emilirose#6886) for a link to the server. You can also message the library on Facebook. New players are always welcome! Learn more about our discord server here.

Currently, we're meeting every Tuesday from 3:30 until about 6 pm. There are two campaigns running: one with level 11 characters, and one with level 2 characters. We'll choose which to play depending on who attends.

What is Dungeons & Dragons?
D&D is a collaborative table-top roleplaying game. Players work in teams called parties to solve mysteries, defeat monsters, and complete dangerous quests in strange, exciting worlds. Survival requires teamwork, creativity, and a little bit of math.

New to D&D?
We love new players! There's a lot to learn when you first start playing, but we'll all be happy to help.

Want to do a little research or set up your character before you come? Check out the basic player’s handbook, available free to download here from Wizards of the Coast: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules. If you're a new player, we recommend starting with a Fighter or a Rogue. Magic adds a lot more rules to the game, which can be daunting when you've never played before. You can always make new characters (or multiclass) later!

How to Play
As a player, you’ll need a set of polyhedral dice and a character sheet. We have some you can use! You might also need some extra information about the things your character can do. The dice add an element of chance to the game. You’ll use them to find out if your character is able to do the things you want them to do.

The character sheet contains information about your adventuring alter ego. They’ll have a race (like elf, dwarf, or human) and a class (like fighter, wizard, or cleric). They’ll also have numbers that indicate how good they are at certain things. You’ll list objects they have with them, like camping supplies and weapons, as well as abilities they have, like magic spells or innate talents. Never set up a character before? We’ll help! It’s pretty fun.

Remember, your character will need to be cautious about how they act and considerate of the other members of your adventuring party. Your adventure is being controlled by the Dungeon Master, or DM, and they won’t hesitate to penalize your character for doing something unsafe or mean.

Need some additional resources?
The MLC Library has a variety of tabletop roleplaying game resources in our Gaming Resources collection. A variety of Dungeons & Dragons, fifth edition, books are available for check-out. Some 4th edition books may also be available. Be aware that the rules changed significantly between 4e and 5e, though!

Too old for the teen group?
Adult groups are welcome at the library, too! We're also glad to help new and old players connect with each other. You might also consider joining the SWMN Tabletop discord server to get in touch with other local players. Contact emilirose.rasmusson@marshalllyonlibrary.org for info.

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules

Free-to-download basic rules for Dungeons & Dragons, straight from Wizards of the Coast.

D&D Beyond

D&D Beyond offers the basic rules, plus some other materials, in a free-to-use online toolset. Be aware: you'll need to create an account, and some things must be purchased to use.

Books to Check-Out

Explore tabletop gaming books, including D&D, that can be checked out for free from the Marshall library.