Roll for initiative and reserve your seat for this interactive Dungeons and Dragons themed Broadway show opening up in downtown Chicago this weekend.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a Dungeons and Dragons group about a year and a half ago. It was something that I had always been interested in but had never known anyone that was into it.

Over the last 5 years or so my friend group has really gotten into playing board games. If it's been a while since you've played a board game the landscape has changed. It's not Sorry, Risk, and The Game of Life anymore, it's games like Azul, Ticket To Ride, and Wingspan. Games have become, a bit more complicated, a lot more nuanced, and exceptionally better looking. The artwork alone that goes into many of these games is stunning.

Anyway, this path into the boardgame world eventually led us to someone who played DnD as a kid but wanted to get back into it, there was a group of us that always wanted to play but didn't know anyone to show us how and, boom!, a new DnD group was formed.

It's been a blast getting together about once a month over the last 18 months and I highly suggest looking into the hobby if it interests you at all. It's not just for dorks anymore, it's also for cool dorks, huge growth for the game.

DnD has exploded since the pandemic. It seems that people figured out that they could play remotely while things were shut down so interest skyrocketed. That's how something like The Twenty-Sided Tavern was created.

The Twenty Sided Tavern is a new Broadway show in Chicago that combines the world of Dungeons and Dragons with a full theater production.

The two make perfect sense to go together. DnD at its heart requires great improv skill and it looks that will be fully on display during every performance of The Twenty Sided Tavern.

The audience will be asked to give input on what happens in the story, audience members can vote on their phone with the actors doing whatever the audience wants. Some audience members will even be called up on stage to participate in the action.

Tickets start at only $36. The show will run from October 27-January 15 at the Broadway Playhouse in the Water Tower Place on Michigan Ave.

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