The Hotness
Games|People|Company
Legacy of Dragonholt
On the Air
Aftermath! Technology! (Second edition)
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
Flash Gordon Roleplaying Game
Top Secret Box Set (Second Edition)
The Rise of Tiamat
The House Always Wins
Przeklęty Gród
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (4th Edition)
Unearthed Arcana
Ironwood
Flash Gordon Kingdoms of Mongo
Realms of Terrinoth
Call of Cthulhu Starter Set
The Adventure Crafter
Dungeon Masters Guide (AD&D 1e)
Player's Handbook (D&D 3.5e)
The Great Pendragon Campaign
Fiasco
Microscope
Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game
Horror on the Orient Express (2nd Edition)
Player's Handbook (D&D 5e)
No Country For Old Kobolds
The Skeletons
World War Cthulhu: Cold War
Kids on Bikes
Ork! The Roleplaying Game, 2nd Edition
Knights & Legends
Camarilla
Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
Complete Gunslinger
Footprints (Issue 24 - Jan 2019)
Players Handbook (AD&D 1e)
Monster Manual (AD&D 1e)
The Adventures of Indiana Jones
Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition
Dogs in the Vineyard
Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 3.5e)
Monster Manual (D&D 3.5e)
Player's Handbook (AD&D 2e)
Trial of Blood
Castles & Crusades Players Handbook
TS 002: Operation: Rapidstrike
Over the Edge
I6: Ravenloft
I10: Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill
The Black Madonna
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Information
RPGs
Settings
Show More »
Series
Show More »
Primary Name
Dungeons & Dragons
Alternate Names
D&D
Donjons et Dragons
Drakoj kaj Galerioj
Dungeons and Dragons
Kevioù hag Erevent
Ludus Catacumbarum et Catobleparum
Zindanlar ve Ejderhalar
Лагуми и змајеви
מבוכים ודרקונים
سجون و تنانين
ダンジョンズ&ドラゴンズ
龙与地下城
던전 앤 드래곤
 Corrections
 Clone
 Customize View
xml RSS Feed 
Facebook Twitter Delicious Google
ObjectID: 192
Description Edit | History

Publisher blurb

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.

User summary

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".

More Information Edit | History

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
"Original" Dungeons & Dragons
Box set with three booklets
1977
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Monster Manual (hardcover)
1977
"Basic" Dungeons & Dragons (second version)
Basic Set (blue box)
1978
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Players Handbook (hardcover)
1979
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeon Masters Guide (hardcover)
1981
"Basic" Dungeons & Dragons (third version)
Basic Set (magenta box) and Expert Set (light-blue box)
1983
"Basic" Dungeons & Dragons (fourth version)
Basic Rules (red box) and Expert Rules (blue box)
1984
"Basic" Dungeons & Dragons (fourth version)
Companion Rules (cyan box)
1985
"Basic" Dungeons & Dragons (fourth version)
Master Rules (black box)
1986
"Basic" 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
"Basic" 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)
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)

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]

Linked Items
Relationship: Sort: Mechanic:
Pg. 1 of 3 » 3
Rank 0
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Num Owned 2
Prev. Owned 1
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 4
Comments 0
Rank 835
Num Ratings 17
Average Rating 4.18
Num Owned 17
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 1
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 1
Comments 3
Rank 0
Num Ratings 1
Average Rating 8.00
Num Owned 6
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 1
Comments 0
Rank 0
Num Ratings 1
Average Rating 7.00
Num Owned 7
Prev. Owned 1
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Rank 394
Num Ratings 7
Average Rating 7.43
Num Owned 11
Prev. Owned 1
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Rank 86
Num Ratings 417
Average Rating 7.13
Num Owned 574
Prev. Owned 64
For Trade 4
Want in Trade 2
Wishlist 7
Comments 84
Rank 130
Num Ratings 469
Average Rating 6.87
Num Owned 577
Prev. Owned 72
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 6
Wishlist 8
Comments 77
Rank 0
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Num Owned 5
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Rank 99
Num Ratings 310
Average Rating 7.06
Num Owned 413
Prev. Owned 48
For Trade 4
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 4
Comments 58
Rank 0
Num Ratings 2
Average Rating 6.50
Num Owned 2
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Updating...
Thumbs Up
Images
Gallery:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No images found
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{title}}
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No posts found
{{post.numpositive}} {{post.title}}
by
{{post.numcomments}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
GeekLists
[Browse »] [Summary »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No lists found
{{list.numpositive}} {{list.title}} {{list.username|truncate:"10"}} {{list.numitems}}
{{list.lastreplydate|truncate:"10"}} {{list.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
Web Links
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No Web Links Found
Link {{cat}} {{lang}}
{{weblink.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.