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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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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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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)

Settings

Each setting takes place in a different realm or dimension. Some races, monsters, and deities are unique to a specific setting, or they may have a unique twist/variant depending on the area. The Great Wheel cosmology (solidified by Planescape) is the default structure of the multiverse, however, some settings may use cosmologies that are very different from the "standard" one. Spelljammer is used to travel between worlds (settings) via space travel without invalidating the lore. The Forgotten Realms is the most detailed setting and generally regarded as the definitive/default setting for D&D.

Official Setting (Minor)
(1984) Pelinore (1994) Council of Wyrms (2003) Ghostwalk
(1985) Lankhmar (1997) Jakandor
(1986) Red Sonja (2000) Mahasarpa
Official Setting (Major)
Setting Genre Additional
(1980) Greyhawk
Sword and Sorcery
Blackmoor,
(1980) Forgotten Realms
Heroic Fantasy
Kara-Tur, Maztica, Al-Qadim, Arcane Age
(1981) Mystara
Hollow Earth
Hollow World, Thunder Rift, Red Steel
(1983) Ravenloft
Gothic-Horror
Masque of the Red Death,
(1984) Dragonlance
Epic Fantasy

(1989) Spelljammer
Space

(1991) Dark Sun
Post-apocalyptic

(1994) Planescape
Shenmo Fantasy

(1994) Birthright
Political Fantasy

(2004) Eberron
Arcane-punk

(2007) Nentir Vale
Fantasy

Other
Setting Genre Notes
(1999) Dragon Fist
Wuxia
Released on the WOTC website as an "AD&D variant".
(2003) Midnight
Dark Fantasy
Released under the Open Gaming License by WOTC.
(2006) Ptolus
Urban Fiction
Used in the creation of 3rd Edition.

† Setting was left incomplete. Home-brew expected.

Officially Converted or Licensed

Franchise Titles
Conan (1984) Conan Unchained
L5R (1997) Rokugan
Kingdoms of Kalamar (2000) Kingdoms of Kalamar
Diablo (2000) Diablo II
Magic: The Gathering (2018) Ravnica, (2020) Theros,
Critical Role (2020) Exandria,

Miscellany

  • 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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