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When D&D Leaves You
Rollin' in Bed ๐ŸŽฒ๐Ÿ’ค

February 2, 2023
by meistermike

Have you ever had one of those late night D&D sessions where you just can't seem to shake the adrenaline rush, no matter how hard you try? ๐Ÿ’ช The excitement from the adventure, the thrill of rolling the dice, and the camaraderie with your fellow players can all contribute to making it difficult to fall asleep afterwards. ๐Ÿ˜ด

But, fear not! ๐Ÿ’ช There's a simple solution that can help you calm your mind and get a good night's rest. ๐Ÿ›Œ All you need is your imagination and a little bit of creativity. ๐Ÿ’ญ

Introducing: In-bed Game Design ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’ค

Yes, you heard that right! ๐ŸŽ‰ While lying in bed, close your eyes and imagine yourself as a game designer. ๐ŸŽจ Start with a blank slate and let your mind run wild with ideas. ๐Ÿš€ Think about what kind of role-playing system you want to create. What kind of characters will players get to play? ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ How will they progress through the game and what challenges will they face along the way? ๐Ÿง 

You can also think about the world you want to create for your game. ๐ŸŒ What kind of landscapes, creatures, and cultures will exist in this world? How will the players interact with this world and its inhabitants? ๐Ÿค”

By letting your mind wander and create, you'll be able to distract yourself from the excitement of the D&D session and focus on something else. ๐Ÿ’ค The process of designing a game is a great way to unwind and let your creativity run wild. ๐ŸŽจ Plus, who knows, 

you might come up with an idea for the next big hit in the gaming world!

Another benefit of in-bed game design is that it can also help you fall asleep faster. The act of creating something and using your imagination can be a calming activity that will help you relax and drift off to sleep.

So, the next time you find yourself lying in bed, feeling the after-effects of a late night D&D session, close your eyes and let your imagination take the lead. You might be surprised at how quickly you'll fall asleep and how rested you'll feel in the morning.

The Benefits of In-bed Game Design ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ญ

Not only is in-bed game design a great way to unwind and distract yourself from the excitement of the D&D session, it also has several other benefits. ๐Ÿ’ช

  1. Improves problem-solving skills ๐Ÿค”By thinking through the various aspects of game design, you'll be exercising your problem-solving skills and improving your ability to think creatively. ๐Ÿง 

  2. Boosts creativity ๐ŸŽจDesigning a game requires a lot of imagination and creativity. By tapping into your imagination, you'll be able to explore new ideas and come up with unique solutions. ๐Ÿ’ญ

  3. Provides a sense of accomplishment ๐Ÿ†After imagining and designing your game, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. This can help you relax and fall asleep more easily. ๐Ÿ’ค

Tips for In-bed Game Design:

  1. Start small. Before diving into the deep end of game design, start with simple ideas and build upon them. Maybe you can think about creating a new spell system or revamping an existing class.

  2. Don't Keep a Notebook next to the bed.  You might be tempted to keep a notebook next to your bed so you can jot down ideas, this is a trap.  Writing things down will disrupt your restful imaginings, and break you from your descent into slumber.  Instead, write down your musings in the morning over breakfast or during other morning activities that you are sitting down for.

  3. Don't limit yourself. Be creative and think outside the box. Who says a role-playing game has to use dice? Maybe you can come up with a unique system using playing cards or even rock-paper-scissors!

  4. Collaborate with your subconscious. Before bed, set an intention for what you want to work on during your in-bed game design session. This will help your mind focus on that particular aspect while you sleep.

  5. Don't pressure yourself. Remember, this is just a fun activity to help you fall asleep. Don't get discouraged if your ideas don't come to fruition or if you can't seem to shake off the D&D adrenaline high. Just keep trying and have fun with it!

  6. Playtest your ideas. Once you've had some time to work on your in-bed game design, gather some friends and playtest your ideas. Getting feedback from others can help refine your ideas and bring them to life.

So there you have it! With these tips, you'll be able to harness the power of your sleeping mind and turn it into a game design powerhouse. Sweet dreams, adventurers! ๐Ÿ’ค


In conclusion, in-bed game design is a great way to channel the energy from a late night D&D session into a calming and creative activity. Whether you're an avid gamer or simply looking for a way to unwind after a long day, this simple practice can help you get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the next adventure.

So, roll with it, and let the in-bed game design begin!

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