Tabletop Tuesdays: On Tuesdays We Roll for Initiative!

Usually, when Threadless teams up with another company it’s for an extra awesome design challenge or a special Artist Shop. But we recently teamed up with the makers of our most favorite notebooks ever, Field Notes, for a whole ‘nother reason: to go questing.

Welcome to the Threadless and Field Notes Dungeons and Dragons game! 

The group at Field Notes HQ!

When we found out that the Field Notes office was a short walk from our own, we had no idea that what started as an awesome neighbor would turn into a full-blown gaming group!

This beautiful partnership started when one of our own – Wally IRL, Barnaby the (like, SUPER cursed) Bard in the game – took a trip to Field Notes. He mentioned a Dungeons and Dragons game he was already playing to the person who would later become our resident wizard. Business cards were exchanged, one thing led to another, and now every two weeks we switch off between our two offices to host our escape to the fantasy seaside town of Portharbor and to roll a bunch of 20-sided dice (D20s) for our decisions (hence that title, “roll for initiative”).

If you know the name Dungeons and Dragons but aren’t super familiar with the game, it’s kind of like a video game IRL meets nerdy improv. Everyone builds their own character and goes on a fantasy adventure that one person, the Dungeon Master (DM), creates. And our DM, Aaron? He’s awesome and insanely good at painting the picture of a super realistic world.

Our amazing DM Aaron doing his thing.

Usually, Dungeons and Dragons groups are relatively small…but our group is anything but. We have a Human Wizard (who doesn’t believe in magic), Barbarian Goliath, Dwarf Warrior (who has no clue he’s a dwarf), Elf Monk, Triton Paladin (with the best name: Narwhalius), Gnome Paladin, Dragonborn Druid (that’s me!), half Tabaxi half Kitsune Rogue Arcane Trickster, Aasimar Bard (again, super cursed and has a Batman voice), Dwarf Cleric, Gnome Druid. Phew.

Typical tools of the game: dice (too many dice) including the ever-important 20-sided dice (D20), spell cards, character sheet, and a zip pouch to store it all in (this one is “May the Forest be With You” by Keith Kuniyuki).

We all have a super fun time playing this game; we even record it sometimes! And from characters like “Always Around Jackson” who inhabit the world, to the bar strip of this fictional city being modeled after Chicago’s Logan Square (re-named Logan’s Hollow), Aaron has set up one hell of a world for us all to hang out in.

The creatives who are nerdy together stay together. And considering that we’re about six games into our adventure, I’d say that us nerds are definitely sticking together. 

Just a few of us in the D&D group! One does not simply not rock nerdy tees to a Dungeons and Dragons game. Top row: “Ghost Busted” by Nacho Diaz, “Science!” by Steven Rhodes, “Set Speed” by Dan Sheffield, “Unusual Fingerprint” by M SAFII MAINIAL | Bottom row: “A Song on the Mountain” by Michael Buxton, “Alien Evolution” by Samiel, and “A Bat and a Cat” by Yannick Bouchard.

Click here to roll a D20 for ‘style’

Featured image is of “Let’s Go on an Adventure!” by Philip Tseng on a zip pouch.

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Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.