Your D&D characters should have hobbies

The mechanics of Dungeons & Dragons don’t force you to choose a pastime or hobby. Outside of Bards and the various Backgrounds that include entertainment and arts there is no obligation or hint that a character should do things besides fight, interact socially to solve or cause problems, or explore a wildernesses and dungeons.

With a limited number of skills and tools you might weaken your character if you take something without a direct impact on their ability to perform as an asset in the adventuring party – so what?

Be a tiny bit weaker and add something that your character enjoys doing that has nothing to do with defeating dragons or wandering dungeons. In the real world in the eras upon which D&D reflects, this was common. Commoners worked less than we do in the modern era.

There’s a reason that there are giant stadiums more than a 1,000 years old scattered around the world.

Various MesoAmerican Ballgames stretching through modern Central America, the Caribbean, and even into Arizona. Sports were commonplace in the eras that inspire many Dungeons & Dragons worlds. That’s why you should add them to your world.

But it’s more than just sports.

Look at games like draughts, chess, mancala, 9-man morris, hnefatafl, and others lost to history. People had time. They did things with that time that they enjoyed.

They sang songs. Told tales. Wrote dumb epic poems that we still read.

So what does your character do when they aren’t living their life and when they aren’t dungeoning or dragoning?

Burn a tool or skill on this – or don’t! – maybe they enjoy doing something that they are bad at.

Maybe your next PC or NPC is the world’s best tafl player, or the local community’s worst singer. Maybe they make little sweaters for the elves that aren’t actually elves, and then they meet real elves. Maybe they are the old man that talks story to the children of his town.

These elements may show in just a sentence or two in a given gaming session. That’s okay. It’s part of who they are and what they do, even if a d20 isn’t involved.

Full Moon Storytelling is presented by Homes by KC

Homes by KC is a Keller-Williams Realtor with a background in interior design, marketing, and project management. Kristin’s area of focus is King and Pierce Counties. She will use her knowledge of the area to help guide you through the buying or selling process.

Follow her on Facebook or Instagram to see featured homes in the area as well as to get advice on the real estate market around Puget Sound.
You can support Full Moon Storytelling by choosing Homes by KC for your next real estate transaction.

3 thoughts on “Your D&D characters should have hobbies

  1. Pingback: Orne Willowrush – an NPC for your adventuring needs | Full Moon Storytelling

  2. Pingback: Embracing the Mechanics of Backgrounds | Full Moon Storytelling

  3. Pingback: My Best of 2021 | Full Moon Storytelling

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s