The Valpo Core Reader


Ken Wenzler

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Comparison and Contrast Essay

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Advanced Dungeons and Dragons is an extremely complex fantasy role-playing game. In playing AD&D, as the game is commonly called, each player assumes the identity of a specific character and acts out this personage in unpredictable situations. This character can be a member of any of the following races: dwarf, elf, gnome, half-elf, halfling, half-orc, or human. Of the demi-human races, dwarves and gnomes are the most closely related. They are so similar that their differences are often neglected, and the two races then lose their individuality. Although dwarves and gnomes share many characteristics, gnomes are far more versatile in biological makeup, chosen professions, living environment, and personality.