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Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

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Gameplay in Brief:

The Dungeon Master's Guide. The Monster Manual. These books are core parts of the world of Dungeons and Dragons, in which players take on the roles of wizards, warriors, clerics, bards, illusionists, and more, trying to find treasure and improve their characters' strength.

One player serves as the Dungeon Master, narrating the game and controlling the monsters which the other players will face during the adventure. Countless books, supplements, and other game materials have been published through the years.

The Basics:

For 2 or more players, ages 12 and up. Games can be played in a single session, or through campaigns that can take weeks, months, or even years to complete.


Dungeons & Dragons was designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.


Dungeons & Dragons was first published in 1973 by TSR. Today, it is published by Wizards of the Coast, a division of Hasbro. (In 1997, TSR was bought by Wizards of the Coast. In 1999, Wizards of the Coast was bought by Hasbro.)

Why Dungeons and Dragons is Part of the Games Timeline:

Dungeons and Dragons essentially created the roleplaying game market. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.

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