Column by Scott Thorne
Posted by Scott Thorne on September 27, 2021 @ 2:15 am CT
I figure the number of players is per capita, so it makes sense that Utah is ranked number one for D&D play, given the state’s comparatively light population. It also makes sense that New York is ranked last, again given the state’s high population. Washington coming in at #7 was not particularly surprising, given that Wizards of the Coast has its home offices in Seattle. It did rather surprise me to find California way down the list at #46, given the size of the entertainment industry there and the number of people in the entertainment industry that play the game. However, I guess even those number get dwarfed by the sheer size of California’s population, largest in the country at 39.6 million. Given those numbers, I guess it should not come as much surprise that the comparatively lightly populated states of the upper Northeast, Upper Midwest, and Pacific Northwest all rank comparatively highly in terms of the number of D&D players, while the comparatively more heavily populated Southern states rank lower.
Regardless, the site does make a good point about the mainstreaming of D&D, and how it helps build skills useful in today’s environment such as problem solving, creativity, decision making, collaboration and computation. As I have noted before, these are skills useful for both kids and adults (see "Rolling for Initiative—Four Reasons Why You (And Your Kids) Should Play ‘D&D’ or Other RPGs…"). Games like D&D have proven so successful at helping develop skills useful in the business world that companies such as Google and Nintendo hire DMs like Devon Chulick to run sessions for staff members. D&D has come far from its Lake Geneva roots, but after all these years, players still like to argue over which edition and which character class is the best (Cleric, of course!).
Which character class do you prefer and why? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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