The Never-Ending Game of Dungeons & Dragons


(epic orchestral music) – [Narrator] In London,
Ontario, there lives a man whose basement is unlike
anything you’ve ever seen. This is Robert Wardhaugh. – Hi, my name is Robert Wardhaugh. – [Narrator] Robert has
been playing the same Dungeons and Dragons
campaign for over 30 years. – 35 years to be exact. – [Narrator] I’m sorry. – That’s okay. Welcome, would you like
to play a Dwarven rogue. You look like a rogue. – [Narrator] Wait, let’s
back up for a second. Dungeons and Dragons is a
fantasy roleplaying game where a group of people
come together and play out adventures dictated by a dungeon master. These adventures, also
known as campaigns, are set in the Dungeons and Dragons world and normally have an end point. Or they just fizzle out due to
people’s lack of commitment. But Robert is in a league of his own and here’s why: The dude has a serious collection. – I think our collection of
miniatures is around 20,000 and then over the years
I discovered terrain. Ultimately, I’m a collector
also and a lot of my enjoyment comes from being able to get
new stuff and to put new stuff on the table so the players are constantly coming across new settings. Because it’s a game that
doesn’t stick to one particular campaign setting, I’m able to use any figs that actually fit the world. And so it is a long
process but over 35 years, you could develop quite the collection. – [Narrator] As Robert’s collection grew, so did the number of players. Word began to spread about
the never-ending campaign. – We have people coming from
all over the country to play, often flying in. – [Narrator] Wait, all over the country? – That’s right. – [Player] Robert, can we play now? – [Narrator] These are some of the people who play in Robert’s game. Where are you guys from? – I flew in from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. – I drove in from Toronto. – Brussels, Ontario. – Komoka, Ontario. – Calgary, Alberta. – [Narrator] Hold on, what
happens if people can’t fly in or drive to Robert’s house to play? – Hey everyone. – [Narrator] Problem solved. – On top of the ridge,
looking down upon this and. The game has always been determined, really through a friendship. It’s really been a way that
I keep my friends together. I knew early on that if I
was able to create a game that was good enough, and
that means it had to be better than video games, it had to
be better than any other game that they could find, that
they would keep coming, no matter where I was and so
that takes again, imagination and it takes change and
it takes having a system that is constantly
dynamic, that is changing, that is growing and that is
constantly getting better. (dramatic orchestral music)

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. My character got insane because he cant find his brothel owner friend even know i got 20 dice but the game master is an asshole

  2. This is actually beautiful, I think I'm crying a bit. I dm my own game and I have a decent dice collection but this is much more practical. And if robert ever asked me to skype in for a game one day, I would say yes right away…

  3. The funny thing is that the Satanic panic of the 90s was trying to get rid of D&D. Now SJWs and extremist religious types are still trying to do the same thing.

  4. To put it into perspective, JOJOs bizarre adventure did not exist yet, dragon ball did not exist yet and , Micheal Jordan was a rookie in the NBA when he started playing

  5. Dungeons and dragons for 35 years??? That’s fucked up! Great that he makes it work and that he’s happy but I would’ve hung myself a long time ago.. or just bought myself a playstation and a copy of skyrim, either way🤷‍♂️

  6. That's really sad. I had to come up with the best game ever so my friends wouldn't go away. That breaks my heart. I mean not enough to be your friend but still super sad.

  7. Robert: Spends an hour setting up a city campaign
    Friends: "Okay we'd like to embark to the outskirts of the city."
    Robert: "The city council has decreed the gate temporarily shut."
    Friends: "But there is no ga–"
    Robert: "I SAID THE GATE IS SHUT."

  8. Fair ‘play’ to him. The guy is brimming with passion as do his friends. Myself I haven’t played 1 min of it but can see why people do. I got a feeling I’ll end up doing it, I can then kick it off my gaming/board game bucket list

  9. I like this video, but I don't like how he says the campaigns are "dictated" by the dm. Yeah the second definition definitely works, but a lot of people would just hear that and think "the dm makes it all about themself." Some dms do tend to be dictators, but as a whole they're more narrators, weaving the story that the players help create. The dm creates the exposition while the players drive the action, like an improv theatre troupe. If the dm is too pushy and tries to force the players to do certain things and only those certain things, it stops being fun. The important thing is that every person's creativity contributes to the story and that through the clashing of your minds, you create something truly entertaining, more fun than any story-based video game.

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