Tabletop Roleplaying Games at the Library

Are you a long-time player, Dungeon/Game Master, or just interested in Tabletop Role-Playing Games (TTRPGs) after a few seasons of Stranger Things, Critical Role, or Dimension 20? We’ve got you covered! Explore the world of TTRPGs with resources from the DePaul University Library.

What are TTRPGs?

Just as it sounds, TTRPGs are a type of role playing game played on tabletop. Games can be played in-person with pen and paper, though there are plenty of options to play online with sites like Roll 20 or on platforms with video capabilities like Discord, Google Meet, or Zoom. TTRPGs are often said to be played in the “theater of the mind.” Players develop characters to adventure through various story settings and the success or failure of actions depends on the game’s rule system, often using a set of dice.

Dungeons & Dragons

Our collection includes the core rulebooks: The Player’s HandbookMonster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide. If you’re ready to try your hand at an adventure, check out Rolled and Told Volume 1 and Volume 2, a collection of one-shots which can be played in one 3-4 hour session. Want to go all in on a multi-session campaign? Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel, an anthology of 14 adventures written entirely by a team of BIPOC authors, provides great material for an ongoing campaign.

Beyond Dungeons & Dragons

There’s more in the realm of TTRPGs than Dungeons & Dragons! Various rule systems exist that range from more simplistic to more complex. One such example is Coyote & Crow, a game set in an alternate future where colonization never happened in the Americas, which was created and led by a team of Natives. Our collection also includes rule books for games like Thirsty Sword Lesbians and Advanced Lovers and Lesbians, described as “a role-playing game for telling queer stories with friends.” Sleepaway is a horror game about a “group of summer camp counselors protecting their queer youth from a monstrous cryptid,” and Inspirisles promotes storytelling and deaf awareness as you play as teens gifted with extraordinary powers.

Start Playing

One of the barriers people face when starting out with TTRPGs is figuring out who to play with as well as learning the rules! DeRPG (DePaul Role-Playing Games) is an on-campus student organization which seeks to create a safe, fun and engaging environment for the tabletop gaming community at DePaul. There’s also many beginner friendly games around the city at locations such as Chicago Role-Players GuildStay and Play Game Cafe, and Bonus Round Game Cafe. If you’re visiting conventions like C2E2, they also offer opportunities to sign up for one-shot games.

Accessibility in TTRPG Spaces

Looking for information on accessibility in TTRPG spaces? Check out Jennifer Kretchmer’s Accessibility in Gaming Resource Guide for more information on accessibility tools, resources, mechanics and worldbuilding and much more.

Be on the lookout for TTRPG events hosted by the DePaul University Library this academic year! If you have a recommendation for the collection, please fill out our Suggest a Purchase form.

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