Dungeon & Dragons is the oldest and most recognized level of all geekdom. Being a dice-roller has stamped you as a geek from the very start. This level has had very few changes throughout the years. I would call it the godfather of geekdom. It’s still around and still has devoted followers.
Throughout the previous levels you can still find “normal” people (if normal is a good word for any geek). Rob suggests I use “casual” instead of normal. You can have a casual interest in video games, comics and CCG’s. Not so for Dungeons and Dragons. I am sure there are a few, but I’ve never met a geek who is a casual dice-roller. (Remember a geek as defined by me is someone who can say “Well Actually…” ) If you can correct someone in D&D, you are too far gone to be a casual dice-roller.
I don’t know many dice-rollers. I have had the pleasure of meeting a few here and there. I tend to get along with dice-rollers better than gamers. Dice-rollers don’t suffer from the ego mania that gamers do. They also keep this geekiness hidden better. Sometimes you will be surprised to find out someone you’ve known for years is a dice-roller.
Despite my appreciation for the dice-rollers as a group, I think dice-rolling is one of the most dangerous geek levels. Flash makes it sound like a drug, and that’s kind of how it looks. Whenever I talk to someone who was or is a dice-roller, they talk about it like an addict. They never “were” a dice-roller they always “are” a dice-roller. They are always looking for a group. They may be in remission, but they are always looking for the next hit.
It may not be for me, but it’s a classic form of geekdom. Other levels may change with time and fads, but imagination never fades. As long as friends can get together, use their imagination and have a good time, there will always be D&D.