From left, Andrew Rovendro, Jesse Allas, Devyn Pfister, and James Dowling play a game of "Dungeons & Dragons" version 3.5 at the Fairfield Cordelia Library, Sunday. The group of friends have been meeting at the library twice a month for a year to play the game. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)


‘Dungeons & Dragons’ taps imagination at library

By From page A3 | January 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Leander Bartleby, 24, is a traveling entertainer. Born to an elven mother and a corrupt merchant, he uses music as an escape.

“He’s got a real ego,” said 18-year-old David Portnov, of Fairfield. “He thinks he’s really good, but he’s not really that great.”

Portnov, 18, concocted Bartleby for a game of “Dungeons & Dragons.” He was about to pit his character – known as a “bard” – against others at the Fairfield Cordelia Library, Sunday.

“You can set up a back story,” said 18-year-old Devyn Pfister, of Fairfield. “You don’t have to, but it helps to know where you want to take the character.”

The group meets bi-monthly at 1 p.m. and plays until 4:45 p.m. There is no clear winner of “Dungeons & Dragons” as it’s mostly a game of character development and role-playing.

To be successful, Pfister said it takes wit and the idea to think outside the box. His nearby “Dungeons & Dragons” manual compared in weight and size to a college textbook.

“It does require a lot of reading,” Pfister said.

Prior to the game, players used a reference sheet to assign weapons and other attributes to their characters. Ability skills include strength, wisdom and intellect. Alignment ranks the characters from good to evil.

“Basically, we have two thieves, an entertainer, a nomad and – whatever I would call myself – a palladin,” Pfister said.

Leading the game as the Dungeon Master, Andrew Rovendro described a small town that was dealing with a gang of goblins. After each player rolled a 20-sided die, they took turns gathering more information from the Dungeon Master.

“It’s a very complex game,” said Justin Locsin, 18. “When you learn it, it becomes very fun.”

If you go

What: “Dungeons & Dragons” version 3.5

When: 1 to 4:45 p.m. Jan. 19

Where: Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Drive

Info: 888-572-7587 or www.solanolibrary.com

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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