They first floated the idea Friday in a Facebook post.
The global COVID-19 pandemic may be keeping people inside but that does not mean you cannot still escape on an adventure.
This is the message the Stony Plain Public Library hopes to convey to others with their recently launched and still organizing digital Dungeons and Dragons games. They first floated the idea Friday in a Facebook post and, according to Allison Stewart, library director, and Darythe Hill, game organizer, the response for the idea to play the role-playing, traditionally tabletop game is in line with their status quo.
“With the pandemic and social distancing I had to move the games I had been playing already online,” Hill said. “We have always functioned as places of connection and our mission is focused around that. It is not strange for us to do this in this current situation where people have to be physically isolated. It is perfectly in tune with our core values to create this opportunity for people to still connect socially,” Stewart said.
The games will be organized through an online site called Roll20. It is a free service and can accommodate roughly six people in a game with a good connection. Hill said they may expand what they are doing now to more games in the future, but added that Roll20 is a service that focuses on entertainment where you play a role, so that is what he is focusing on offering to the public in these challenging 2020 times.
“More games would be interesting to look into,” he said. “That being said there are other sites and programs you can use that do offer board games. If this is successful and goes off without a hitch, I will be looking into other tabletop simulators for the community in Stony Plain.”
So if you are interested, go sign up, and, if not, the library will still be there to help you how they can in the time of corona.
“The ways in which we serve might change and evolve, but we will always be important in the community,” Stewart said.
More information can be found on the library website. Questions can be directed to email@example.com, too.