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Do you have Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) books in your stacks? The popularity of a fantasy game from the 70’s might not be on your radar, but it definitely should be and I’m here to tell you why.

Live-streaming shows with millions of viewers like Critical Role and Adventure Zone and the prevalence of D&D in fictional shows like Stranger Things have brought role-playing games (RPGs) back into the spotlight. It’s not just guys hiding in their mom’s basement playing all night at a card table with caffeine and sugar to fuel them. More people than ever are playing due to a 2014 revamp, making D&D more inclusive, along with other innovative and creative systems that allow people of all ages an easy entry into a game.

Whether it fits into your library’s budget, or not, role-playing games have a multitude of benefits for the people that play them. In this webinar, I will help you understand what RPGs are and why you should advocate to include them in your library collections and programs. I will also share some great resources that allow easy access to you and your patrons. I’m a champion of RPGs and I want you to be too!

You will learn:

A short history of RPGs, women that are at the forefront of their renaissance, and new and popular publications adding amazing depth to the world of role-play gaming
Some of the many benefits of playing an RPG and how that can be a strength for your library
How to access free and low cost materials for starting your own campaign or library program
Where to find RPG support and how-tos when you need them

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Original broadcast February 12, 2020

Biography ~ Erin Stachowiak
Erin has worked in the library field for over 13 years and earned her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2016. She is currently one of the Collection Librarians at Arapahoe Library District in Colorado and oversees the media, graphic novels, and electronic resource collections for their 9 branches. Erin has been on multiple panels discussing some of her favorite things like comics, films, RPGs and more at past Denver Pop Culture Cons. She can be found in her basement every Saturday night, playing a 15th level Tengu cleric that’s fighting to save the world.