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The first Dungeons & Dragons game was played back when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson chose to personalize the massive battles of their fantasy wargames with the exploits of individual heroes. This inspiration became the first fantasy roleplaying game, in which players are characters in an ongoing fantasy story. This new kind of game has become immensely popular over the years, and D&D has grown to include many new ways to vividly experience worlds of heroic fantasy.

The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends may tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. You can also explore the many worlds of D&D through any of the hundreds of novels written by today's hottest fantasy authors, as well as engaging board games and immersive video games. All of these stories are part of D&D.

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An over-arching brand encompassing multiple editions and game systems, including half-editions and the early "advanced" and "basic" games, that have been called "Dungeons & Dragons".

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Timeline of editions and releases

This timeline covers core rules releases only: please see the individual versions' RPG pages for lists of adventures, sourcebooks, accessories, and other supplements.

Year
Version
Item(s)
1974
Dungeons & Dragons
Box set with three booklets
1977
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Monster Manual (hardcover)
1977
Dungeons & Dragons (second version)
Basic Set (blue box)
1978
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Players Handbook (hardcover)
1979
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeon Masters Guide (hardcover)
1981
Dungeons & Dragons (third version)
Basic Set (magenta box) and Expert Set (light-blue box)
1983
Dungeons & Dragons (fourth version)
Basic Rules (red box) and Expert Rules (blue box)
1984
Dungeons & Dragons (fourth version)
Companion Rules (cyan box)
1985
Dungeons & Dragons (fourth version)
Master Rules (black box)
1986
Dungeons & Dragons (fourth version)
Immortals Rules (gold box)
1989
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition
Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master Guide (both hardcover), Monstrous Compendium Volume One (three-ring binder)
1991
Dungeons & Dragons (fifth version)
Dungeons & Dragons Game (black box) and Rules Compendium (hardcover)
2000
Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition
Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual (all hardcover)
2003
Dungeons & Dragons v3.5
Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual (all hardcover)
2008
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition
Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual (all hardcover)
2010
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition ("Essentials" sub-line)
Heroes of the Fallen Lands and Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms (digest-sized softcover)
2012
Dungeons & Dragons "Next" (development name)
(development announcement, open playtest packets)
2013
Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
Basic Rules (free PDF) and Starter Set (box set), plus Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual (all hardcover) slated for release

Miscellany

A number of miniatures companies have been licensed to produced ranges of Dungeon and Dragons Miniatures.

Did you know that the Dungeons & Dragons uses a magic system inspired by Jack Vance's Dying Earth series? [citation needed]

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