Looking for a good game of Dungeons & Dragons?
Well, the Queen of the Gnomes of course knows where to go.
Down in the Old Fourth Ward at Joystick Gamebar, the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons have been hosting the popular role-playing game since September of 2017. With a diverse and welcoming group of Dungeon Masters (DM), the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons are always ready to connect players both new and old.
Started by Dr. Bradley Goodnight and his wife Dr. Jessica Goodnight, the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons have helped to create a world of gaming, fun and overall player-inclusivity.
“Our goals are to enjoy D&D without excluding anyone who wants to learn or get better,” said Dr. Bradley.
The Atlanta Drunks & Dragons provide multiple “on-shot” and on-going campaigns with a variety of levels and characters.
“When I’m a DM, I like to play the “Death House” campaign. Characters start at level 1, so the perils and dangers of the dungeon have more weight, and the choices have graver consequences,” said Dr. Bradley.
The meet-ups take place Monday and Tuesday of each week, and all are welcome to the DM Happy Hour at 6:00 P.M. Around 7:15, each DM “pitches” their game idea, and players choose from there.
A noticeable (and amazing) aspect of the weekly meet-ups was the diversity between players. Dr. Jessica, who runs a women’s-only campaign table, believes in encouraging female players to partake in D&D regardless of their play-levels.
“We’re not here to judge others; we want everyone to feel welcome no matter how long they’ve been playing or if they’re a man or a woman.”
The women’s table currently has six-players and hopes to grow in the near future.
Long-playing DM Chris also believes in making new-players feel at home within the D&D community.
Chris, who has been with the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons since its conception, explained that his favorite part of the meet-ups was the overall camaraderie.
“Making new friends as an adult can be hard, but D&D is an excellent way to meet new people without feeling forced to.”
The diversity of players includes all ages (over 21 of course it is at a bar), ethnicities and backgrounds ranging from psychologists and scientists, to thespians and stay-at-home parents.
Even Joystick’s bartenders’ partake in the fun; manager and DM Jacob Tadych runs his own on-going campaign and is specialized in levels 8-15.
“I love how in-person the game is; it gets people out and you never know who you could run into,” said Tadych.
While I myself have only spectated D&D campaigns, the atmosphere and unique one-shot options provided by the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons has definitely piped my interest in playing.
I wonder what character the Gnome Queen will choose?
When asked about any upcoming events, DM Chris detailed the first-ever: “Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl”.
The Crawl is to take place at 12 P.M. June 23rd with twelve games occurring at Joystick, the Beer Garden and Noni’s. While tickets are unfortunately sold-out for game-play, spectators (over 21 duh) are more than welcome to move from each location for a strong drink and some serious fun. The Crawl will also include tarot card readings, D&D bingo, and an after-party at 7 P.M.
You know I’ll be there in all my Gnomey glory.
So whether it’s for the adventure, friendships or simply the alcohol, make sure you come roll the dice with the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons.