Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc..
David Lance "Dave" Arneson was an American game designer best known for co-developing the first published role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, with Gary Gygax, in the early 1970s.
Ernest Gary Gygax was an American game designer and author best known for co-creating with Dave Arneson the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
A tabletop role-playing game is a form of role-playing game in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech.
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The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast since 1997.
Wizards of the Coast is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes, and formerly an operator of retail stores for games.
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It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of the Chainmail game serving as the initial rule system.
D&D's publication is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry.
D&D departs from traditional wargaming and assigns each player a specific character to play instead of a military formation.
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These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting.
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A Dungeon Master serves as the game's referee and storyteller, while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur and playing the role of the inhabitants.
In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the Dungeon Master is the game organizer and participant in charge of creating the details and challenges of a given adventure, while maintaining a realistic continuity of events.
The characters form a party that interacts with the setting's inhabitants.
Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles and gather treasure and knowledge.
In the process the characters earn experience points to become increasingly powerful over a series of sessions.
An experience point is a unit of measurement used in many role-playing games and role-playing video games to quantify a player character's progression through the game.
The early success of Dungeons & Dragons led to a proliferation of similar game systems.
Despite this competition, D&D remains the market leader in the role-playing game industry.
In 1977, the game was split into two branches: the relatively rules-light game system of Dungeons & Dragons and the more structured, rules-heavy game system of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
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AD&D 2nd Edition was published in 1989.
In 2000, the original line of the game was discontinued and the AD&D version was renamed Dungeons & Dragons with the release of its 3rd edition with a new system.
These rules formed the basis of the d20 System which is available under the Open Game License for use by other publishers.
The Open Game License is a public copyright license that may be used by tabletop role-playing game developers to grant permission to modify, copy, and redistribute some of the content designed for their games, notably game mechanics.
Dungeons & Dragons version 3.5 was released in June 2003, with a 4th edition in June 2008.
A 5th edition was released during the second half of 2014.
As of 2004, Dungeons & Dragons remained the best-known and best-selling role-playing game, with an estimated 20 million people having played the game and more than US$1 billion in book and equipment sales.
The game has been supplemented by many pre-made adventures as well as commercial campaign settings suitable for use by regular gaming groups.