Lofts and Legends

Dungeons and Dragons event Aug. 17 supports Game Loft

Aug 05, 2019
Photo by: Allison Harrell Game Lofter Lynnford Young with Dungeons and Dragons handbooks and dice.  A fundraising event on Aug. 17 benefits The Game Loft.

Belfast — The Game Loft will host a Dungeons and Dragons game event and fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 17, sponsored by Bladerunners Systems.

Experienced "Dungeon Masters" (game organizer and participant in charge of creating the details and challenges of a given adventure) will run six game tables for two, three-hour sessions.

Seats are available for ages 9+ and can be reserved online at loftsandlegends.bpt.me. Cost is $10 per-player, per-session, cash at the door.  All proceeds to benefit The Game Loft, a Waldo County nonprofit that promotes positive youth development through non-electronic games and community involvement.

“Role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons are a really important tool in the Game Loft toolbox,” said Game Loft Marketing and Development Coordinator Allison Harrell.  “Someone who doesn't know much about these games may not think of them as educational.  But not only are math and reading fundamental components; role-playing games, in particular, are also a great way to develop social and critical thinking skills.”

First published in 1974, Dungeons and Dragons pioneered a class of games that focused on individual character development and group storytelling. Players unite as a party and set out on a fantasy adventure, interacting with the setting under the narrative guidance of the Dungeon Master.

“In a game like Dungeons and Dragons, kids are really given an open playing field to make bold choices and have an extraordinary impact, which makes it a game that lends itself not only to self-exploration, but empowerment,” Harrell said.

And it's not just for kids. Dungeons and Dragons has been experiencing a sort of renaissance in the last decade. No longer relegated to dim basements, adult players are proudly streaming their games online and garnering cult followings.

“When I tell other adults (especially those around my age) that I work at the Game Loft, I often hear, ‘Oh man, I wish I could still play there!’ or ‘You should really host an adult game night!’ Well, here's their chance,” Harrell said. “I'm really hoping to see the tables filled with fresh faces: adult players who've been looking for a game, parents and family members exploring their kids' interests, new players who've always been curious, people who played back in the day, and kids, of course.”

Session one will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Session two from 2 to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break in between. Each table and session will run a unique one-shot campaign with five players per table; two tables per session will focus on family games, while other tables will host groups of teens and older.

New players are welcome, and light refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. The Game Loft is located at 78A Main St. in Belfast, above All About Games. Find the Lofts and Legends event on Facebook and brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call 338-6447 or email info@thegameloft.org.

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