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Teen RP'ers play latest D&D

Gundren Rockseeker, a dwarven prospector, has hired a group of hardy adventurers to help him and his brothers with a big mining claim. How big? So big that it could help re-establish the Rockseekers as a powerful mining concern; it could also make anyone who helps the Rockseeker family rich.

Gundren and his guard have ridden ahead to the town of Phandalin to square away some business, leaving his newly hired adventurers in the city of Neverwinter. The first thing they have to do is safely move Gundren's supplies from Neverwinter, one of the largest cities on the Sword Coast, to Phandalin. That should be easy enough, right? What's the worst that could happen?

If you're a fan of Dungeons & Dragons, then you know that a brand-new edition, the fifth, of the fantasy tabletop role-playing (RP) game was just released last month. Teens interested in playing -- and perhaps winning a copy of -- this set are invited to the next gathering of Knights of the Northwest, a monthly RP group for teens that meets on Saturdays at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road.

No experience is necessary to attend the upcoming event, which starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. In fact, the group's current game masters, the term given to moderators of multiplayer RP games, were new to gaming when they attended the library's first D&D program in the fall of 2012.

Now, Desiree Kaleopaa and Jason McCartan regularly run the games, and create new, exciting worlds for the group. McCartan wrote the Gundren Rockseeker outline above, and those playing on Aug. 23, will be one of the "adventurers" in the story.

In addition to McCartan and Kaleopaa, seven other teens participated in that first D&D program at Northwest Library, enjoying it so much that they continued meeting twice each month on their own time, not as part of a formal library program.

Eager to encourage teen participation, youth services lead librarian Ann Pechacek decided that a monthly RP club for teens was a good idea and, in March 2013, the Knights of the Northwest was born.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.