An Ontario man has attracted international attention for playing one of the longest-running games of Dungeons and Dragons.
Robert Wardhaugh, of London, Ont., told the London Free Press, that his game has been running for 38 years.
After a friend introduced Wardhaugh to Dungeons and Dragons at age 14, he started playing with six kids from his home town of Borden, Sask. But now, the history professor has more than 50 players who participate in his game from around the world.
He’s also managed to accumulate more than 20,000 figurines and terrain pieces that add a realistic aspect to the fantasy game.
He’s had players travel from locations as far as England. Other participants who aren’t able to make it to Wardhaugh’s basement have the option to play remotely from a TV-screen setup.
“You have to tell a good story,” Wardhaugh said in an interview with the London Free Press. “It’s all about the fact that the game doesn’t end, so people feel invested in it.”
As dungeon master, it’s Wardhaugh’s job to organize and plan adventures for his players.
He said he spends a few hours a day working on the game that follows his own set of rules, adding that he takes advantage of his history background and injects different elements from cultures, historical periods and alternate fantasy worlds into his campaign.
Players usually in groups of 10 play his game about two times a week for five hours.
Wardhaugh said that his game is not only about making and maintaining friendships, but it also keeps him and participants young.
“The idea is that you’re supposed to grow up and stop playing games,” he said. “This allows me to keep playing when I’m far from being a child anymore.”