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How to Participate in the Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League May 12, 2017

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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If you’re like me, you’ve probably been hearing musings from your friends and peers about this game called Dungeons & Dragons for years now. Its ruleset has been used as a template for countless Western RPGs for decades, and now that it has published its 5th Edition, Wizards of the Coast has been pushing hard to get new players familiar in the game.  In our last article, we talked about where to find free online resources where players interested in checking out the game can learn how to play it.  Today, we’re going to talk about the best way for new players to find a place to play, the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League.

Dungeons & Dragons is, at its heart, a social experience and players from every walk of life are welcome to play.  To help bring players together, the publisher established the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League, and major conventions and stores that sell D&D merchandise will often participate in it.  I’ve found it to be a great way to meet new people and check out all-new 5th Edition modules as they come out.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League, you’ll want to check out this website which includes special rules and documentation for the league. First off, you’re going to want to find a place close to you that may be hosting League events.  If you’re interested in playing, you can use this locator to help you find official Adventurers League events.

Once you find an event, you’ll need an official Wizards DCI number and player account.  If you don’t have one, an organizer should be able to create you a DCI number and give you an official DCI ID at the event.  If you want to make a DCI ID on your own before you go to the event, you can register an account and generate an ID for yourself at this website.

You’ll need to create a character specifically for use in the league, so let’s talk about creating you a character.  First up, you’ll need to use an official Adventurers League character sheet.  You can find download links for Adventurers League character sheets here, alongside download links for other blank or pregenerated character sheets.  Don’t worry, you can print as many copies of the files you need, and because of that I recommend printing them out double-sided in color.

As you can see, they’re almost identical to normal character sheets with a big exception, it asks for a DCI number on top of the sheet.  Characters are generated in the exact same way as they’re described in the Player’s Handbook or the Basic Player Rules.  If you’re having trouble creating a character, you can always consult with your location’s DM or other players before the event starts.

Now that you’ve created a character, next you’ll also need an official questlog.  This helps you keep track of everything you do, how much XP you earned, and what items you’ve obtained over the course of the event. Make sure to take a specific note of your DM’s DCI ID number and the name of the official module you played on the log as well.

Once you have all the tools you need to get into the Adventurers League, all that’s left is just to play and have a good time. In many cases, the organizers hosting the Adventurers League event will likely have spare character sheets and quest logs they’ll be able to give new players.

Obviously some of this information is subject to change and we will be sure to update this article as time goes on.  Players who plan to attend an event should bring a few important items with them.  First, you should bring a copy of the 5th Edition Player’s Handbook or Basic Rules, some dice, and a pencil.  Have fun!