Redditor gcpizzle23 reached out to his 5th edition D&D community one day with a very simple post:
“I have unfortunately fallen on some hard times and I must sell my D&D books. If anyone wants one or all of these it’d be a great help.”
The post included a photo with 8 of the main books from this latest iteration of Dungeons & Dragons, minus the player’s guide, which he assured everyone was available thought it wasn’t in as good of condition as the others. He didn’t go in to much detail about his particular trouble, and was polite in responding to each inquiry. Then something amazing happened: people stopped asking him to purchase these books, and instead asked how they could help him in his tough times. Though taken aback at first, he eventually set up a GoFundMe page, and within a short amount of time, his community has rallied for him with dumbfounding agility, strength, and charisma. Within a week, he’s raised several times the cover price of those books.
The comments that followed were as heartwarming as they were geekily perfect:
“Sent ya 10 bucks. Put your books back on your shelf now. Roll your Survival saving throw.”
“…D&D is how I escape reality for four hours a week. Keep on man. I’ll skip lunch for ya. Just keep on playing.”
“Many years ago I had to sell my Magic card collection to make rent one month – I’m glad there’s a community here to prevent things like that from happening to others.”
This story does an amazing job of illustrating the creative and social outlet that RPG’s have given their communities for the last 40+ years. For some players, the lands of Greyhawk or Forgotten Realms may have been a saving grace in an otherwise dull and dreary world. For others, they’re a fun place to stop by for a casual game with friends. But regardless of how the game was played, skills honed through harrowing tales of adventure, heroism, and sacrifice have made each of the players richer for the experience. This true story gives a beautiful and crucial insight in to the importance of community and the power that people can wield when they share their strength.
When gcpizzle23 told the assembled audience “I am literally crying right now. You are the single greatest community I have ever met… every 1 or 20 I roll will always be worth it because I know that there are people who don’t know me who would help a simple player do what he loves,” the perfect response came from one of his fellow redditors:
“Roll Performance please. Otherwise we can’t tell just how much you are crying.”
FWIW, he rolled 21 before his mod.
That’s a crit if I’ve ever seen one.
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