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Dungeons & Dragons Attributes in Real Life

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Welcome back to the Liv Ahwatukee Blog! To finish off our Dungeons & Dragons-themed month, we’d like to discuss “attributes.” Dungeons & Dragons uses the following six attributes: Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. Each attribute/ability has a score which defines the magnitude of each attribute. Modifiers affect the scores of the attributes, whether adding to or subtracting from the initial number… Okay, so maybe that’s a lot to take in. Just bear with us.

We found an interesting Reddit thread about relating the attributes used in Dungeons & Dragons to real life. Here’s just a small part of what someone shared. The numbers to the left are the score (the numbers in parenthesis are modifiers):


  • 1 (–5): Seemingly incapable of thought, barely aware

  • 2-3 (–4): Rarely notices important or prominent items, people, or occurrences

  • 4-5 (–3): Seemingly incapable of forethought

  • 6-7 (–2): Often fails to exert common sense

  • 8-9 (–1): Forgets or opts not to consider options before taking action

  • 10-11 (0): Makes reasoned decisions most of the time

  • 12-13 (1): Able to tell when a person is upset

  • 14-15 (2): Can get hunches about a situation that doesn’t feel right

  • 16-17 (3): Reads people and situations fairly well

  • 18-19 (4): Often used as a source of wisdom or decider of actions

  • 20-21 (5): Reads people and situations very well, almost unconsciously

  • 22-23 (6): Can tell minute differences among many situations

  • 24-25 (7): Nearly prescient, able to reason far beyond logic

Here is this week’s quest: Apply one of the attributes to yourself (particularly one you’re not the best at) and give it a score that you think fits. Feel free to look at the above link to scroll through and find what a person on Reddit outlined, or do it on your own!

The next time you leave your apartment, keep your attributes and attached scores in mind. What modifiers do you have in your life that end up affecting your overall score for that attribute? Perhaps you’re rather charismatic except when in stressful situations at work. As you go about your days in Phoenix, AZ, or wherever you are located, think of ways you can improve on your scores. Good luck!

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