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The Rise of the Professional Dungeon Master

By Bloomberg Businessweek

Nerd culture, Stranger Things, and the gig economy have created a world where Dungeons & Dragons enthusiasts host games for $500Read full story

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  • Finally a side hustle I can get behind. Time to dust off the 12 sided die.

  • My kid has a growing collection of D&D strategy books. He isn’t able to legally work yet but I will tell him to keep “Dungeon Master” on his prospective high school job list.

  • Stranger things indeed. The game that spawned hundreds if not thousands of long tedious sessions enlivened by the consumption of alcohol and other spirits. The silliest went rambling through streams and sewers . The zealotry of tv shows and public preachers lamenting the demonic end of youth.

    Twenty

    Stranger things indeed. The game that spawned hundreds if not thousands of long tedious sessions enlivened by the consumption of alcohol and other spirits. The silliest went rambling through streams and sewers . The zealotry of tv shows and public preachers lamenting the demonic end of youth.

    Twenty odd years later

    Nerdism acceptable but when nerds need to hire professional dungeon masters because they're not nerdy enough to read really means the end.

  • I've never played a game of D&D. I seriously want to change that, especially after working my way through Stranger Things.

  • Wow, and I thought I struggled with procrastination. These guys won’t even read up on the game they love. Lol.

  • I've played D&D off and on since the days when my friends and I *were* those kids from Stranger Things. Hiring a professional DM sounds pretty odd to me, but it's a great hobby for anyone with imagination, and the current fifth edition is the best designed version of the game yet!

  • I feel a bit conflicted at the idea of managing a game of paid participants, but I absolutely love how popular the culture is becoming. I look back on some of those long weekend adventures with incredibly fond memories. I'd love to find the time to build another game.

    #geeksunite

  • A profession. It's become a profession...wow. How the world has changed!

  • Being a DM takes alot of effort. And if you use some online tools like D20, the work is even greater. I've been a DM for the past 20 years. And never spent less than a entire day worth of preparations.

  • D&D was the best yrs of my life

  • Finally, my grrl geek experience is in demand!

  • Well, the first generation weren’t this one but those who we embrace both Thundercats, Silverhawks, Sailor Moon and the legendary Saint Seiya. #NerdFromTheCrib

  • Where do I apply?!

  • This is great

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