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Slay wererats @ the Homewood Branch!

My name is Jamie Albrecht; I work at the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library, and I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons since I was twelve years old.

I don’t know what it was that first got me interested in roleplaying.  Growing up, I had always enjoyed reading fantasy novels, from JRR Tolkien and Lloyd Alexander to Brian Jacques and the Lone Wolf series of Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks.  I loved the worlds they created: full of danger and wonder, monsters and magic.  I even tried to write some myself, which turned out about how you’d expect.  The first time I played D&D, I thought, “This is amazing. I created this character (a human paladin named Sir James, naturally), fought goblins and wererats and returned the stolen magic orb to the elven village!  I feel like I’m in Middle Earth!”

Thus began a love affair with roleplaying games that still persists over ten years and dozens of systems.  Through playing and running games, I’ve created fantastic worlds, made wonderful friends and done amazing things.  I learned how to think critically, cooperate with other players and invent creative solutions to problems, not to mention a ton of mental math (quick, what’s 16 plus 8?)  And now, I’m bringing all that adventure and excitement to a weekly Dungeons and Dragons game for teens at the Carnegie Library.  This isn’t the first campaign to be run at the library.  I fondly remember playing in a D&D summer program at the Main Branch before I went off to college (Hi Scott!  Hi Joseph!)  But it’s the library’s first ongoing campaign, with adventures every Wednesday afternoon at the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library.  We’ll be using the recent 4th Edition of the Dungeons and Dragons rule set and NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!  The library will be providing the materials, including rulebooks, dice, character sheets and token miniatures.

The program starts on September 8th and will run every Wednesday from 3:30p to 6:45p.  If you want to reserve a slot in the game, email swensrundl@carnegielibrary.org or james.a.albrecht@gmail.com!

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