Did you know the Library has a collection of tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) books you can borrow? They are located just outside the Edge, our teen library (though anyone can check them out!). Holds cannot be placed on the titles, but you can pick them up at the Library and borrow them for three weeks!
(by game system, as of 3/13/23 – Will be updated as new titles are added. Links for unlinked items will be added as they become available.)
- D&D 5e: Dungeon Master’s Guide
- D&D 5e: Monster Manual
- D&D 5e: Player’s Handbook
- D&D 5e: Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus
- D&D 5e: Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen
- D&D 5e: Eberron: Rising from the Last War
- D&D 5e: Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
- D&D 5e: Keys from the Golden Vault
- D&D 5e: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes
- D&D 5e: Out of the Abyss
- D&D 5e: Storm King’s Thunder
- D&D 5e: Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide
- D&D 5e: Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything
- D&D 5e: Tomb of Annihilation
- D&D 5e: Tyranny of Dragons (Includes Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat)
- D&D 5e: Volo’s Guide to Monsters
- D&D 5e: Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
- Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Visual Dictionary
- Deep Magic 5E Pocket Edition
- Dungeons and Drawings: An Illustrated Compendium of Creatures
- Limitless Heroics: Including Characters with Disabilities, Mental Illness, and Neurodivergence in Fifth Edition
- Scarlet Citadel: A Dungeon of Secrets
- Tome of Beasts 5E Pocket Edition
- Tome of Heroes 5E Pocket Edition
What’s a TTRPG?
A tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) is a system of rules so that a group of players can partake upon a storytelling experience together. Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is by far the best known, and most popularly played, TTRPG, but there are many other systems out there that use different rules (some more complicated, some more “rules-lite”). In playing a TTRPG, usually one person assumes the role of the guide for the game (in D&D terms: the Dungeon Master) who handles the setup of the world and provides a backdrop and scenarios the other players will interact within and with. Then, a group of players play as characters of their own design in the story, helping to shape the story and interact with the story, the world and the characters that the guide creates. However, since there are so many differing TTRPG rules systems not all follow this general model (there are even solo-play RPGs out there!). In addition, there is a TTRPG for any type of genre or setting you wish to craft stories and experiences within, and the Library’s collection reflects the diversity of settings, genres and rules.
Why play TTRPGs?
There are many reasons to play tabletop roleplaying games — purely fun; social interaction; skills such as literacy, critical thinking and storytelling; inclusive and safe spaces to explore ideas and concepts; potentially even therapeutic and health benefits. For many years, TTRPGs had an (unearned) bad reputation, but they are mainstream and very popular now with players running the gamut of backgrounds and life experiences, including some very high profile celebrities! TTRPG sessions can be lighthearted or serious (and a mix of both), filled with danger and combat (or not at all!), intergenerational, thought-provoking, and so much more. But, they are, of course, also fun!
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- Some Great TED Talks about the various benefits of playing tabletop roleplaying games.
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- Introducing Kids to Tabletop Roleplaying: A How-To Guide
- Who’s Playing Dungeons & Dragons These Days? The Usual Fans, and Then Some
- Interview with Culliope (Maryanne Cullinan), Tabletop RPG Teacher and Educational Researcher!
- List of Potential Roleplaying Game Benefits
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- How Therapists Are Using Tabletop Games to Help People
- New Study Suggests Tabletop Games Offer Benefits to Reduce Anxiety
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- Dungeons and Dragons and Therapy: An Interview With Dr. Megan Connell
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- The Mental Health Benefits of Playing Dungeons & Dragons
- The Power of Roleplaying Games for Deeper Learning Experiences
- How Fantasy Roleplaying Made Me a Better Writer
- How Roleplaying Games Can Give Your Kid a Mental Health Boost
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- RPGs as therapy: How Fictional Worlds Help Vulnerable People Explore Real-life Emotions
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- The Future is Analog: Tabletop Roleplaying for Learning
- RPG Research's Knowledgebase on Roleplaying Game Research
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