What is Dungeons & Dragons?
Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is a fantasy role-playing game set in an imaginary world based loosely on medieval myth. While no two games are the same, players often take on the role of adventurers, fighting monsters and gaining treasure while completing quests.
The game is played with a group of friends, with one player taking on the role of the Dungeon Master, who controls monsters and other non-player characters. The imaginary world players inhabit runs on the collective brainpower of their party. This "theater of the mind" is one of the distinguishing features of role-playing games (like D&D) compared to board games, video games, and other media. Millions of players worldwide play D&D because it rewards group improvisation, offers a sense of progression, and establishes just enough structure to encourage excitement and unpredictability.
Dungeons and Dragons has been around since the 1970s and has seen many different iterations. The most recent version, Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, was released in 2014. There are 12 playable "classes" included in the Player's Handbook. If you'd like to learn more about the background of the game, the full history of D&D is a fascinating trip through (relatively recent) history.
Playing D&D on Roll20
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