If you haven’t yet heard of Discord, well… A) you're probably not a gamer and B) we would like to educate you on why we love it and C) we invite you to join our Health & Wellness Channel @ discord.gg/d20strength
TL;DR Discord is the dopest thing since sliced bread...or at least since whatever Promethean baker sliced that bread and thought, “We should cook this again,” and gave us toast. Discord is part less-invasive social media, part better Skype, and entirely fun. Here are a few reasons why we - as gamers and not-gamers - love Discord.
1. It's Free
Let’s start there, because everyone loves free stuff, and because, for how great it is, it really is incredible that you aren’t paying for anything.
There’s no “premium” account you have to invest in, there’s no upkeep payments to keep your server hosted, there's no gate-keeping to features. All you need to use Discord is a visit to their website and a registered account - you don’t even need to download anything! Though, we recommend it. The client is sick, and makes life easier compared to the browser version.
Once you have an account, you can make your own channel and start inviting your friends - or you can join one, like ours, and make some new ones!
2. It’s Not Just for Gaming
With over 150 million users, Discord is an amazing space to meet all sorts of people and join all sorts of communities where those passionate people gather. There are channels dedicated to just about everything.
You can find people like ChefJohnReed who supports a community of cooking enthusiasts and kitchen lovers to share and find new healthy, alternative foods. Or creators like Philip DeFranco who host communities to explore the happenings in the news and pop culture. If you love something, I guarantee you can find a Discord community that loves that something, too.
D20 started one of the first Discord channels dedicated specifically to Health & Wellness. A place where anyone can ask a question - regardless of expertise, experience, or category of health & wellness. We have separate channels dedicated to dieting, lifting weights, recovering from injury, sleeping better, memes, etc.. Anyone can jump in.
3. But it is for Gaming…
Discord was founded by a bunch of nerds to give a better communication platform for their fellow nerds; founded in the spirit of those childhood LAN parties we all so desperately crave; in the spirit of loving gaming and the gaming community they wanted to spend more time creating memories with that community.
It’s the sort of tool reminiscent of going to a friend’s house after school so you can check out that new console game, or to take turns playing deaths of Counter-Strike.
Only, instead of going around the block, you're logging into your channel, greeted by little notifications of who is there and what games they’re playing - so you can boot up your own copy of whatever Steam has on sale these days and join them, even if they’re no longer around the block but on the other side of the country.
Discord makes a perfect place to find a duo queue or accountability buddy to crush games, enemies, and workouts with.
4. It's Easy to Love
Romantic mission statements and do-gooding are great and all, but what about the product? I know you’re thinking it. If it’s free and the developers and the company are so cool, the product must suck.
Think again, Debbie-Downer!
The audio isn’t crap! The servers are reliable! The interface is intuitive! You can chat with the whole channel on scrolling pages, or you can conspire to overthrow the government in your DMs. You can attend weird 21st century viewing parties online with strangers and you can find friends to play games with; you can complain to the developers of your favorite game or website directly and you can find the freshest, spiciest garlic bread to meme about.
We love Discord. There’s something so true to gaming about having an anonymous tag and avatar, to remove the barrier to sharing your passions, and let it flow unbridled.
Passion is what makes Discord so great; that it’s built by passionate people to enable the passionate to share their passions. It’s great because it’s about discovery, and connection, and community - the pillars of what makes gamers out of us all.
We look forward to finding more ways to engage with people over the next couple of months, and our server is one of the best places to do that in real time.