HSU’s Dungeons and Dragons Club By: Gretchen Cobble
There is a new club on campus founded by HSU for HSU students. Dungeons and Dragons Club was just recently started by Jonathan Lumpkin and the club’s officers.
Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) with four to six players, one of which is the “Dungeon Master” (DM). The role of the DM is to describe the setting of the game, and the role of the rest of the players is to play out the characters they have created. Any action the player takes can have unforeseen consequences to them. For a player to successfully perform their actions, the player must roll a 20-sided die and listen to the DM’s explanation of the dice’s roll, either a successful roll or a failed one.
When asked why he founded the club, Lumpkin responded that he had played back in high school and always loved how community-based it was. “I actually didn’t think anyone would want to play here at HSU but when I heard of a group of staff in Moody that actually meet weekly to play the game, I really believed there would be some students interested,” said Lumpkin, a junior computer science major from Richardson and president of the club.
And he was right. The club now has over 30 members (including four HSU staff members) and meets one to two times a week in The Block located in Moody basement past the old bowling alley.
The Dungeons and Dragons club holds “one-shots” meaning there is a new storyline that you complete in one sitting; this allows for new players to be introduced to the game, learn the rules and get better at the game. The club also coordinates “campaigns” which are storylines over a period of time that take place weekly, lasting anywhere between six weeks and six months.
“I love D&D because the people who have joined are from all areas of campus, many of whom we probably would have never met. The game helps bring us together in such a creative and fun way giving us another community at HSU,” Lumpkin said.
If you would like to learn more about the Hardin-Simmons University’s Dungeons and Dragons Club or join at their next meeting, email the club’s president, Jonathan Lumpkin, at email@example.com.