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Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D) is a paper-and-pencil role-playing game (RPG).[1] Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson created Dungeons & Dragons in the year 1974. It was first published by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast since 1997.

It is normally played indoors with the participants seated around a tabletop. A typical Dungeons & Dragons game consists of an "adventure" in a fantasy world or "campaign setting". Typically, each player controls only a single character. The results of the characters' choices and the overall storyline for the game are determined by the Dungeon Master (DM) according to the rules of the game and the DM's interpretation of those rules.

Many optional accessories are available to enhance the game, such as expansion rulebooks, pre-designed adventures and various campaign settings. Commercially published campaign settings are Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, Dragonlance, Eberron and Dark Sun. Pre-made adventures (previously known as "modules") have been published throughout the history of Dungeons & Dragons.

Editions of Dungeons & Dragons[2] Edit

Dungeons & Dragons Version History
noting key rule publications
1974 Original Dungeons & Dragons
  • Men & Magic
  • Monsters & Treasure
  • The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures
1977 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
  • Monster Manual
Dungeons & Dragons (Basic)
  • Basic Set (blue box) (levels 1–3)
  • Players Handbook
  • Dungeon Masters Guide
    (Core rulebooks complete)
1981 Dungeons & Dragons (B/X version)
  • Basic Set (magenta box)
  • Expert Set (light blue box) (levels 4–14)
1983 Dungeons & Dragons (BECMI version)
  • Basic Set (red box)
  • Expert Set (blue box)
  • Companion Set (teal box, levels 15–25)
  • Master Set (black box, levels 26–36)
  • Unearthed Arcana (a "fourth core rulebook")
  • Immortals Set (gold box, levels 36+)
1989 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition
  • Player's Handbook
  • Dungeon Master's Guide
  • Monstrous Compendium
1991 Dungeons & Dragons (RC)
  • Basic Set (Black Box; levels 1–5)
  • Rules Cyclopedia (levels 1–36)
  • Monstrous Manual
    (Replaces Monstrous Compendium)
1995 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition revised)
  • Player's Handbook
  • Dungeon Master Guide
  • Player's Options
  • DM Options
2000 Dungeons & Dragons (3rd edition)
  • Player's Handbook
  • Dungeon Master's Guide
  • Monster Manual
2003 Dungeons & Dragons (v. 3.5)

Revised editions of the core rulebooks (compatible with 3rd Ed. via errata)

2008 Dungeons & Dragons (4th edition)
  • Player's Handbook
  • Dungeon Master's Guide
  • Monster Manual
2010 Dungeons & Dragons Essentials
  • Rules Compendium
  • Dungeon Master's Kit
  • Monster Vault
  • Heroes of the Fallen Lands
  • Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms
2014 Dungeons & Dragons (5th edition)
  • Basic Rules (PDF only; limited player options)
  • Core rulebooks:
    • Player's Handbook
    • Dungeon Master's Guide
    • Monster Manual




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