Dungeons & Dragons TikTok Is Gen Z at Its Most Wholesome

A growing community of D&D fans on the platform have no time for the gatekeeping of previous

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Take “D&D Classes in Quarantine”: In quick succession, Chaffee embodies the charismatic bard on seven dating apps, the tired paladin who’d gotten everyone’s groceries, the rogue relishing in solitude, the druid squeezing her cat, and the wizard reading themselves into an existential crisis. “It really shows people that anyone can play D&D,” says Chaffee. “It's not a game that is just meant for people who have been around since the first edition and have grandfathered their own people in.

Then there’s Matt Denkles, whose riotously funny D&D videos include catchy raps about how powerful monks are or getting shiny new dice, or Griffin Dixon, who role-plays fighter himbos in the woods. “I really love hearing stories from people campaigns, funny unique situations that the PCs found themselves in, and resolved… or dramatically failed to resolve,” says Dixon. “I see D&D as an interactive narrative.

A D&D TikToker who goes by Offbeat Outlaw compares it to the Italian theatrical form commedia dell'arte. “This is basically the same thing—classes and archetypes for all the classes—but on an app,” he says. “There’s a set script you can follow to build your skits off, and earn some renown, because people would resonate with those characters.

A lifelong bookworm and a fantasy geek, Sarah Chaffee had for years admired Dungeons & Dragons from afar. “In the culture I grew up in,” she says, “it was very much like, ‘D&D is devil worship. ’” In college, after getting some distance from her religious community, Chaffee says she couldn’t wait any longer: She bought the books, sat her friends down, and told them, “I’m going to run a game.

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