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The Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game is about storytelling in worlds of sword and sorcery. It shares elements with childhood games of make-believe. Like those games, D&D is driven by imagination. It’s about picturing the towering castle beneath the stormy night sky and imagining how a fantasy adventurer might react to the challenges that scene presents.

Unlike a game of make-believe, D&D gives structure to the stories, a way of determining the consequences of the adventurers’ action. Players roll dice to resolve whether their attacks hit or miss or whether their adventurers can scale a cliff, roll away from the strike of a magical lightning bolt, or pull off some other dangerous task. Anything is possible, but the dice make some outcomes more probable than others.

In the Dungeons & Dragons game, each player creates an adventurer (also called a character) and teams up with other adventurers (played by friends). Working together, the group might explore a dark dungeon, a ruined city, a haunted castle, a lost temple deep in a jungle, or a lava-filled cavern beneath a mysterious mountain. The adventurers can solve puzzles, talk with other characters, battle fantastic monsters, and discover fabulous magic items and other treasure.

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

Your class provides unique abilities to help face each adventure. Will your hero use sword and shield? Wield mighty spells? 

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What is D&D - Monsters

Know Your Enemies Monsters

Discover the menagerie of deadly monsters inhabiting the game—including dragons, giants, mind flayers, beholders and many more!

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