I should start by saying that my love of Dungeons & Dragons all started with The Adventure Zone podcast. The 'Balance' arc is one of the best stories I've had the pleasure of listening to -- I've even re-listened to it twice! The McElroy family have created something truly special.
As an audio medium, there is so much room for interpretation when it comes to the appearance of their characters. Taaco, Magnus and Merle have been brought to life by the talented fan artists in the community that the McElroys have worked so well at fostering.
So after having D&D in my ears once a fortnight for over a year in the form of The Adventure Zone, I was super interested in playing it myself but didn't have the courage to organising something so involved! Fortunately D&D was featured in Stranger Things and managed to capture the imagination of a couple of my friends so much so that they wanted to start playing and invited me to join! Of course I jumped at the chance and have been spending basically all of my free time learning about D&D and creating characters on D&D Beyond.
In the last six months I've bought six sets of dice and every single piece of content on the marketplace of D&D Beyond (which includes all of the rule books and adventures). And since I've actually started playing the game I've bought three custom miniatures and received one OF MYSELF as a birthday present!
I've also got two more custom miniatures on the way! You might say I'm a little obsessed?
I'm currently playing in two different groups of friends and loving every minute of it. Both groups are a ton of fun to play with in different ways and it's interesting to see the different DM techniques.
My wife has even joined in one of our games and seems to be enjoying it too (we've only played 2 sessions of that campaign). The coolest part about that is putting together all the things I've learned so far, and the information from D&D Beyond, to create and DM a hand crafted single player prequel story for her character Gaji the Tortle Druid.
There seems to be no end in sight for this newfound passion of mine. And if these groups do end up disbanding (which seems unlikely) then I will almost certainly look around my local area for a group of random people to continue this adventure.