Dungeons and Dragons and Model and UN
“The Treaty,” Parks and Recreation // “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons,” Community
So as embarrassing as this is (or is not), I have not been watching Parks & Recreation at all this season. Or 30 Rock, or Community. I just went through the Hulu archives and got back in the game a little bit (although 30 Rock is not on Hulu anymore, so I am pretty benched in that game. Or that game is paused due to a technical foul. Or I have experienced checkmate in that game. OR the endzone of that game is full of… dirt. I CAN GO FOREVER I KNOW THE SHIT OUT OF MY GAMES).
Anyway, while I was watching Parks & Rec (“The Treaty”), I had a revelation. The episode is about Model UN, which I don’t totally understand, but it nevertheless reminded me of a Community episode from last season (“Advanced Dungeons and Dragons”), which was also about a game I did not understand. Let’s lay out the total of what I know/believe about each thing:
Model UN: Everyone is very nerdy and (at the afterparty) drunk. There is a lot of overlap between MUN and the debate team. You can go to war. You have to “motion.” Djibouti. Type A personalities. Gavels are a cool party favor to these guys.
Dungeons and Dragons: Everyone is very nerdy. People are on average not drunk because people are on average 10. Years old. Leather jerkins. Specialty dice. Amulets!!!! Dungeonmasters are like pimps, and all the other players are their hos or something.
So, not comprehensive, and possibly false. HOWEVER. What I realized while watching “The Treaty” (I watched the D&D episode like a year ago) is that THEY ARE THE SAME. MUN AND DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS ARE THE SAME GAME. They are both just people sitting in a room collaboratively imagining shit. The dungeons are full of dragons! Djibouti broke out in civil war! (Djibouti is the only country I can name, besides the US. And Italy. I really like pizza!)
So if there is any kind of feud going on between MUN and D&D, cut it out guys. You’re on the same team! The people you’re REALLY in a feud with are people who live in the real world. And dragons. You can take the dungeon out of the dragon, but you can’t take the dragon out of the dungeon! Because that dragon will totally murder you.