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Dungeons & Dragons

Released: 1974

Created by: Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson

System: D&D D20 System

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a tabletop role-playing game (RPG) that was first published in 1974. It is widely regarded as the game that started the entire RPG genre, and it has been incredibly influential in the gaming industry ever since.

At its core, D&D is a game about collaborative storytelling. The players take on the roles of characters in a fantasy world, and the dungeon master (DM) creates and guides the narrative. The DM is responsible for creating the world, designing the adventures and encounters that the players will face, and playing the non-player characters (NPCs) that the players will interact with.

The game is played using dice rolls to determine the outcomes of actions and combat. Players create their characters by choosing a race and class, as well as assigning abilities, skills, and equipment. As they progress through the game, their characters gain experience points and become more powerful, allowing them to take on greater challenges.

One of the unique features of D&D is the use of a polyhedral dice set. Players use different dice, such as a d20 (a twenty-sided die), to determine the success or failure of their actions. The game also uses a set of rules and mechanics to govern combat, spellcasting, and other actions.

D&D has had many different editions over the years, each with their own unique rules and mechanics. The most recent edition, Fifth Edition (often referred to as 5E), was released in 2014 and has been widely praised for its accessibility and ease of use.

Overall, D&D is a fantastic game for anyone who enjoys collaborative storytelling, fantasy worlds, and strategy. It has a rich history and a dedicated fan base, and there are endless possibilities for adventure and creativity within its rules. If you're interested in getting started with D&D, there are many resources available online, including the official D&D website and various fan-made guides and communities.

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