Creativity can go a long way, whether it's in the office or the D&D table. But people might not realise just how much utility lessons gained from fantasy adventuring can have in the real world.
Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. He's a poet and freelance writer as well, and earlier this year he gave a TEDx talk on how the lessons learned from dealing with orcs, goblins, dragons and quests can be applied to your career and the wider world at large.
Apart from the obvious catharsis of working with and inhabiting different personalities other than your own, D&D also provides good opportunities for lateral thinking and teamwork.
Sure, rolling a D20 might not do you any favours if you're trying to negotiate a pay rise at your next performance meeting. But like any other muscle, the brain benefits from a regular workout. And given the unusual situations dungeon masters often throw their players into, D&D is a neat way to mix up things. (Especially for older gamers who are looking for something a little different.)