DnD for Dummies Part 1 – Overview for Complete N00bsWritten by Expy - Published on May 26, 2010
Experienced players warned: this post is NOT for you!
Dungeons and Dragons has a core principle of expanding by attracting more players, people who today feel empty with their 9-5 job or other mundane elements of what happens in the ‘real world’.
This series entitled “DnD for Dummies” is going to review a lot of the most basic introductory information about the game for the sake of those who are only just now becoming seriously interested in playing it.
Now an embarrassing question that seems obvious at DMing.com but we actually get emails about it…
WHAT IS DND?
DnD (or sometimes D&D) is the abbreviation for the world’s greatest role-playing game – Dungeons & Dragons. It was created by two geniuses named Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The first edition was published in 1974 by an American company known as Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR) which was officially founded in 1983 upon splitting up of TSR Hobbies and based in the city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
TSR was acquired by Wizards of the Coast from Renton, Washington, in 1997 (also known as WotC or simplay ‘Wizards‘) after rising to success with Magic: The Gathering.
DnD innovated much of what we currently see in the role-playing game industry. It became of new form of miniatures wargaming because each player assumed only one character instead of an entire army or regiment as commonly seen in other games. The players embark on a prepared fantasy “adventure” in a group setting, often referred to as a party. The game is run by the player known as the Dungeon Master, the storyteller who also acts as a sort of ‘referee’ for the other players, being the one responsible for maintaining the setting for the circumstances in which the characters find themselves.
The players interact one with another as well as characters and monsters controlled by the Dungeon Master (DM) to fight battles and find treasure – all of which serve to grant ‘experience points’ – the form in which players increase in power in the game.
Although often imitated by other games, DnD remains the dominant force in fantasy role-playing games. There are currently several versions of the game, and players have the option to choose which version suits their style. The most commonly played versions are 3.5, released in 2003 and the 4th edition, released in 2008.
DnD today reaches beyond just the role-playing game to novels and movies as well. It has become a popular cultural reference in the media for all other role-playing games. As with all things great in life, the game has been a target for controversies.
The games rules allow for a great deal of flexibility and improvisation, which has led to many players becoming authors of their own worlds and adventures, even publishing these publicly. The creation of so many playing materials is a time-consuming process, but players get a lot of help when they use our unique Dungeon Mastering Tools, a collection of internet-based programs that use templates and pool creations among other players.
We invite all who haven’t yet used Dungeon Mastering Tools to give it a try – satisfaction guaranteed! Click here to see more about Dungeon Mastering Tools.