CLEVELAND – Strength, dexterity, intelligence and charisma are all important characteristics of a good football player, but they are also attributes that three Browns players consider for their characters when playing the Dungeons & Dungeons campaigns. Dragoons.
Fullback Johnny Stanton, defensive end Myles Garrett and offensive lineman Wyatt Teller reunited for a D&D campaign on Thursday, which is nothing new for the trio as they have played the game together on several occasions. . This time, however, was a little different.
Joined by professional streamer Aabria Iyengar and comedian Ify Nwadiwe, the three Browns players began a campaign inside the Tabletop Board Game Cafe in Cleveland with Brandon Tharp serving as dungeon master for the evening.
“We had such great actors, everyone was in character, everyone was having fun. It was awesome,” Teller said.
Fans watched NFL meets RPG as D&D merged with their favorite Browns players. Tickets were sold for the event and a silent auction was held while the campaign aired on Twitch, and nearly $20,000 was raised for Red Nose Day, a charity aimed at ending the child poverty.
But while the event was a fun way to raise money for a good cause, it was also an interesting way to see sports culture meet gaming culture and showcase unique personalities that aren’t always expected. NFL players.
“It was a lot of fun, I think it was my 10th time doing D&D,” Teller said after the event. “It’s so funny how everyone has an outside view, like only geeks play it. No, it’s a role-playing game. It’s like a board game but in your mind. There’s so much imagination and there are so many things.”
Teller often brought laughs to the crowd during the D&D campaign, thanks in part to his character Xero’s familiar — a creature summoned by a witch or wizard who holds a special bond to his master — named Beans. And as Teller said, “everyone loved Beans.”
Stanton, whose character is Heller Highwater and has a southern accent, was enthusiastic about Garrett’s character Zax, who “gets bags and breaks”, but was really looking forward to seeing Teller show off his fun personality.
“Wyatt is pretty fun to play with,” Stanton said. “He really doesn’t care.”
Stanton introduced the game to his teammates, playing together last season and bonding in the process. Now, that’s something Teller and Garrett enjoy too.
Although Stanton, Garrett and Teller had played before, Thursday was a new experience — one that Teller said made him more nervous than playing in front of a full crowd in an NFL stadium.
“At first it was kind of like, ‘Woah, this is weird, this is different,'” Teller said. “I play a game in front of hundreds of thousands of people all the time but it was cool, I was a little nervous at first.”
The tough guys on the grill, Stanton, Garrett and Teller showed another side of themselves on Thursday, proving that guys who catch passes, rush and block pancakes can also have a clumsier side, but show also that D&D can be for everyone.
“So many people have this view of what D&D is,” Teller said. “It’s not just people sitting with staff members and there’s smoke and it’s all this crazy mystical stuff. It’s great fun, good times with good people and storytelling. “
You can watch a replay of the stream, here.
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Camryn Justice is a reporter for News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.
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