Readers of this blog know that I have a special place in my heart for this game, and Iam not alone. For decades now this game has brought hours, and years of enjoyment to players all over the world. My longest game lasted almost six years. It has spawned countless novels, video games,movies and imitators.
Originally published by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, Dungeons and Dragons took the world by storm. It has gone through several revisions and additions over the years and is now in its 5th edition. While it’s popularity has waned over the years, recently it has made a major comeback.
Wizards of the coast Gained control of the property in 1997 and has done a stellar job of keeping it alive as a hobby. You can find a plethora of resources at their website. The online community has also added so much content to the game over the years that to comment extensively on it would require a series of books all by itself.
That community of players and fans is what makes this game so great, and I would credit the popularity of social media with a large bit of the responsibility for the games persistence. It is a social game after all, and it isn’t surprising that the popularity of RPGs as a whole has increased with the use of social media sites like Facebook, twitter and Reddit.
I first experienced the game in eighth grade, my brothers friend brought the game over for them to play one night and they were nice enough to let me join. I created an elven fighter and I remember that powerful moment of using my halberd to kill my first kobold. Yes I got my first crit that night and yes it was possibly the coolest moment I had playing the game to this day ( not that I haven’t had some amazing moments but there is nothing like your first).
That experience stuck with me, it led me down this path, and now I have a blog where I get to write about one of my favorite things in life. There are so many stories like mine and that’s one of the great things this game brings to people, I still talk about past games with friends as if we actually did all the cool stuff that happened in those old games, because in a way… we did. Sure it’s a game and sure it’s fiction but the friendship and camaraderie are absolutely real. I couldn’t begin to tell you what is in store for the game, but I can tell you that as long as it means as much to other people as it does to me… it is going to be around for a long… long time.