|Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Role-Playing Game (Source: Pixabay)|
Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game first published in 1974. Designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, it is now published by Hasbro's Wizards of the Coast subsidiary.
What is Dungeons & Dragons?
D&D was originally based on miniature wargames, but departs from traditional wargaming because it allows each player to create their own character to play, who embark on imaginary adventures in a fantasy setting.
|D&D uses polyhedral dice to resolve|
Today Dungeons & Dragons is recognized as the beginning of the modern role-playing games. It is the best known, and best selling, role-playing game in the US, with an estimated 20 million people having played the game.
|D&D Starter Set|
|An elaborate D&D game in progress. Among the gaming aids here are dice, a variety of miniatures and a dungeon diorama. (Source: Wikipedia)|
Today's version of D&D has evolved to include miniature figures and a grid map and even a dungeon Diorama, among other advanced gaming aids.
This week, my local newspaper ran a story about the massive resurgence D&D has recently had:
"Paladins, sorcerers and wizards unite. A new generation of players has become ensorcelled by the fantasy role-playing board game “Dungeons & Dragons.” You don't need to be familiar with the game to figure out “Ensorcelled” means charmed or be-smitten."
Long-time players and newcomers will tell you the game is making a new resurgence with players of all ages, especially younger players.
I see this resurgence in interest in D&D in my own family. My eight-year-old son is now grown and a father to four sons he is teaching the game to. His sister has joined a group who play D&D a couple Sundays each month.
In my local community, there are teachers who run such clubs and our local Public Library is hosting Dungeons and Dragons games every Wednesday afternoon.
D&D is Here to Stay
With technology making so many video games available, it would seem that board games would become a thing of the past. Not so with Dungeons & Dragons, the most popular fantasy role-playing game of all time.
(c) Dungeons & Dragons Review written by Wednesday Elf (1/30/2020)
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