I love the table-top role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). I think it is one of the greatest games ever invented.
“Why’s that?” I hear you ask.
Because as a D&D player, you are free to try anything and everything you want to. The only limitation is your own imagination (and natural 1s). Now, whether or not you actually succeed at whatever crazy action you are attempting to perform is the other aspect of D&D that is so awesome. The results of your decisions are determined, in part, by rolling dice and the discretion of the Dungeon Master (your guide through the story). And one of the greatest things in D&D is failing at something. Because failure is when the story gets interesting and deadly and thrilling and all the other things that make stories great.
Given how integral story is to D&D, it should come as no surprise that an aspiring storyteller such as myself has found inspiration in the table-top role-playing game. I have written stories inspired from D&D artwork, written stories told from the point of view of the Player Characters and Non-Player Characters I have played as, and more.
Listed below are these stories. I hope you find them enjoyable and inspire you to give the game a try.
D&D Art Vignettes
These are stories inspired by various pieces of official D&D artwork found in the D&D manuals and adventure books.
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Vignettes
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is an official Wizard’s of the Coast D&D adventure. I had the pleasure of experiencing this adventure as a Player Character. From that experience, I wrote the following short (very short) stories. Most of the stories are told from the point of view of the character I played: Jaina, a human rogue mastermind.