Overview

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 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 world of Dungeons & Dragons through any of the novels written by its fantasy authors, as well as engaging board games and immersive video games. All of these stories are part of D&D.

What is D&D - History

40 Years of Adventure Timeline

On the occasion of the latest edition, this timeline shows some important dates in the development of Dungeons & Dragons.

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what is d&d - The realms

Forgotten Realms Explore Faerûn

Faerûn is an ancient land of magic and monsters, of peril and wonder. Which legend, among thousands of heroic tales, shall be yours?

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What is D&D - Races

Explore Your Heritage Races

D&D heroes might be sturdy, practical dwarves, high-minded elves, savage half-orcs, and others united in seeking glory.

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What is D&D - Classes

Choose Your Path Classes

Will your hero use sword and shield? Wield mighty spells? Draw on divine inspiration? Your character's class gives you unique powers that...

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What is D&D - Monsters

Know Your Enemies Monsters

Dungeons & Dragons offers its own take on classic fantasy monsters—one is right there in the title, after all! It's also introduced...

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