How Dungeons & Dragons Can Benefit You In Real Life

How Dungeons & Dragons Can Benefit You In Real Life

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.)


  • Anybody know any good aussie retailers (online) that stock the 5ed books? The new one, Volo’s Guide to monsters, comes out tomorrow and I want to order it and not have it take 2 weeks to get to me. Willing to pay, just dont have time to wait.

    • Most of the better online book retailers are cheaper but take more time, I’m thinking fishpond or book depository.

      Might be better checking your FLGS?

      • Dont mind paying more if it means it comes this week. I wouldnt use book depository because it ships from the UK, the time that takes is what Im trying to avoid. Game paradise has it for a decent price, hopefully it gets to me this week.

        • Book depository ships locally on some things, but it’s kinda chancy whether it will for something like that.

          FLGS is probably best bet, ring around.

          • Hmm, you know I think the book depository would be a good bet. I think the book depository would be a good bet. Book depository, depository book depository.

    • Where are you based? Any FLGS that plays MTG regularly would have had the special edition available two weekends ago.

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