Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Elyssa Bowman is one of my best friends. She is 20 years old and is currently a student at BYU. Elyssa is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player, and has played since she was old enough to understand the rules and roll the dice. She introduced me to the game in high school.
Elyssa and I were chatting on Google Hangouts around lunch time, as one typically does with their best friend. I was on my phone in class. In our conversation I told her about my collection project, and asked if she had any funny Dungeons and Dragons jokes she particularly liked. She proceeded to spam me with several different jokes, of which this is one. In D&D, items that are particularly strong have the modifier “+1” (or an even higher number). This indicates that the item has more attack power, defensive power, or something else (specific to the item in question).
Why did the fighter insist on bringing his sword to the big gala? He said it was his +1!
Elyssa sent this joke as one of several others in rapid succession. She later admitted to having these jokes saved in a personal archive of hers to look at whenever she wants a good laugh. She shared these jokes quite happily, and after they had been sent promptly laughed (in the form of XDXDXD).
Semester and year
Ledyard, Rayna, "D&D: Sword of Plus One" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 584.