The toughest part of playing Dungeons & Dragons is finding the time. I have joined several D&D campaigns that fizzled out. I joined some campaigns where I didn’t connect with the players and another campaign that fell apart because we couldn’t find a time that worked for everyone. Professional D&D is on the rise where you can pay a DM to coordinate your gaming group. In Minneapolis, Bad Wolf Adventure Studios is a professional D&D studio that will run games for you.
I found out about Bad Wolf through a Facebook ad. I figured I’d contact the studio and find out what this all involves. I was contacted right away and put into a group that met every other Thursday. This was perfect for me because it didn’t feel like a full-time commitment. There was a session zero where I worked with someone to develop my character. I didn’t feel uncomfortable for asking questions and was made to feel at home. While I have been roleplaying for a while, 5e D&D rules still confuse me, so I wanted to be in an environment for beginners. Bad Wolf is a great place to learn how to play whether you’re a beginner or have been roleplaying for years.
Since this is professional DMing, there is a cost. Each session costs $25. For some, this may seem expensive, however, I find that it’s worth it. When players are investing in their session, everyone is more than likely to show up. The most frustrating part of D&D is when players don’t show up for their sessions. Since everyone is committing financially, this has removed this frustration from gameplay.
In my limited experience with Bad Wolf, I can’t recommend them enough. Everyone was kind and friendly to beginners. It’s clear our DM knows a lot about the game and doesn’t have to constantly look up the rules. Once my group is finished playing through Curse of Strahd, I immediately want to dive into another session. If your area doesn’t have professional DMing, it might be worthwhile to talk to a friend and pay them for their time. Professional D&D is a game-changer for roleplaying and I’m happy to have found a long-term D&D campaign.