Dungeons and Dragons has moved out of your friend’s mom’s basement and into the spotlight. Whether it’s the two feature-length films, the '80s animated series, one of the many internet series including “Dungeons & Drag Queens,” or the series of novels –chances are you’ve seen or heard of the decades-old game somewhere.
It’s popular enough to garner its own Wikipedia article on its pop culture influence alone.
Now it’s come to Wilton Manors and surrounding areas in the form of a private Facebook group titled “Wilton Manors Dungeons, Dragons & Daddies.”
I had a chance to chat with admins Denim Keith and Chris Johnson about the group and how they want to move forward with it.
Born out of a desire to create an alternative to the ever-present bar scene, Keith and Johnson welcome players of all experience levels to join the group to meet up with other players and Dungeon Masters (not that kind) in order to network socially.
There is a planned meet-up soon. There will be people there to assist new players with setting up characters and more experienced players looking to run games. There will be a mixer at Tate’s Comic Book Store for those that miss the first meetup, which will include some live play.
Johnson is a self-described natural organizer. As such, he would like to see his role in matchmaking people with games, finding host locations, and teaching people how to play. Keith sees himself as a “gentle guide dedicated to fostering connections within the community and helping organize engaging events.”
They also started another Facebook group: Wilton Manors Horror Hunks, Scream Queens, and Occult Non-Conforming.
Right now the group has 112 members, which includes people all over South Florida. The group is always looking for new people to join.