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Calling all Dungeon Masters

Mar 23, 2023 09:47AM ● By Ethan Hoffmann

Morgan County Library Dungeon Master training flyer.

Morgan County Library has some exciting news for its patrons this month. Inspired by a similar organization at Morgan High School, this concept has been up in the air for some time now. However, after careful consideration, Library Director Erin Bott has given the thumbs up for a unique new program. So without further ado, the librarians are proud to present an official Dungeons & Dragons club.

The first meeting will be on March 24 at 2:30 p.m. and will focus on “Dungeon Master Training.” Kids from ages 13-18 are welcome to attend. In context, Wizards of the Coast defines the Dungeon Master, abbreviated as DM, as the person who “serves as the game’s lead storyteller and referee. The DM runs the adventure for the players, who navigate its hazards and decide which paths to explore.” 

The club will be advised by Youth Services Librarian Betty Rothschild, but the first meeting will be organized and directed by local Dungeon Master Doug Curfew. “My vision for this club is to provide a greater sense of community with people of all backgrounds,” said Rothschild. “I want it to be a place where different people can hang out, relax after a stressful week of school, have fun with friends and simply nerd out. Kids need a place to express themselves and talk about their interests with people that share their dedication for what they love.” 

At the event, Curfew will be teaching a class on the basics of playing the game, as well as taking on the role of Dungeon Master. It will cover the aspects of being both a player and a Dungeon Master, the former being required for the latter. “Being a Dungeon Master is one part story teller, one part rules arbitrator and another part making stuff up as you go,” said Curfew. “It’s all about making sure the players are having fun.” 

As the club progresses, members will learn about worldbuilding, writing their own campaigns and creating characters that inhabit the enchanting worlds of D&D. Rule books will be available at the library as references for club and personal use. 

Future meetings will take place after school on Fridays or on Saturday afternoons. The library is willing to adapt the schedule, allowing for some flexibility according to what the members want. For example, some game sessions will be short and others will be longer to allow for more advancement and progression in the current adventure. Depending on the number of people who attend, there may even be more than one campaign group going on at a time. Visit the library or call the library at 801-829-3481 for more information or to register. If anyone is interested in being a Dungeon Master, email Rothschild at [email protected].

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