So about a year ago, my family and I sat down for a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Now, I'm not going to explain what D&D is or how it works; better people have done that and more eloquently (check out Matthew Colville or Matt Mercer; they're my go-to guys) than I ever could. I wouldn't want to explain it wrong. Plus, for the most part, I think most people are fairly aware of what the game is anyway, thanks to pop-culture (Stranger Things, Community, IT Crowd, etc) and mainstream media. But hey, if you're looking to learn exactly what D&D is about, my advice is either play or sit-in for a game. Easier still, you could always check out a live-stream like this one here.
Anyway, as I was saying, I played my first game of D&D about a year ago, and while things didn't exactly run super smoothly (we collectively discovered one dead body and killed two measly goblins in a two-hour session) I was hooked. Absolutely, positively hooked, and I've been invested wholeheartedly into the hobby ever since. I'll talk about some of the stuff I've collected over time, as well stuff I've built, designed, and even ran as a Dungeon Master (DM) later on. But right now, none of that matters. What matters is why am I posting this stuff here on a website promoting my meteoric rise to bestsellerdom (any day now) when I could be talking about narrative structure or building tension or some other writing-based content?
In short, I don't think they're mutually exclusive, and I'm certainly not the first person to think so. There are many videos, essays, and talks arguing that role-playing games can help develop a multitude of real-life skills. Writing, and the art thereof, is just one of those many skills; from world-building, to character creation, and so on and so forth.
The reason I'm starting Table-Topics is to explore how and why D&D has helped me hone my skills as a writer... As well as having an excuse to talk rave about the game, but mainly the writing thing, with the hopes that I can continue to grow and improve as a player, a DM, and most of all, a storyteller.