How Tabletop Roleplaying Improves Our Real Lives

Content warning: Video includes ableist language.

If you play tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, you already know that they have real life benefits — to teamwork, to communication skills, to creativity, to empathy. Doctor B uses D&D to help young people build social skills. RPGs have helped a lot of us through depression.

Just this week, Waypoint featured a fascinating profile of inmates at a maximum security prison who play D&D.

But the people in your life may not entirely understand. If your parents, friends or loved ones don’t understand why you would spend five hours a week at a table playing an imaginary elf or hacker, this TEDx talk by writer Ethan Gilsdorf explains some of the benefits clearly for an audience of non-gamers. He also highlights some benefits you may not have considered.

[via Lifehacker]