Dungeons & Dragons began life as a classic game of strategy and fantasy. Today, Dungeons & Dragons continue to be one of the most popular games with fans of all ages. But what is D&D? Dungeons & Dragons are a generic role-playing game first designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson for use as a supplement to other role playing games. It was first released in 1974 by tactical studies rules, Inc. it was later published by WotC.
In D&D, players assume the role of a “dungeon Master” and travel throughout the undersea world of Hyperstone. At the end of their journey they confront a boss Monster. Players can choose from many different types of monsters, each representing a distinct genre of roleplaying. There are aquatic creatures like mermaids and kraken, land creatures such as hobgoblins and ogres, and flying creatures like dragons and winged ogres. Once a player has defeated their opponents, they must escape through the tunnels and enter the Overworld, where the gods can be found. There, they become a God or Goddess and take on an avatar and start a new adventure.
Unlike many RPGs, in D&D each character has a specialty, or class. Each class represents a special type of fighting style or magical power, and players can choose whether or not to use their abilities. Every adventurer begins with an assortment of weapons, ranging from maces and swords to staves and war hammers. Some classes, such as fighter, also have special abilities that can assist the party, while others provide more offense, or healing. Rogues can also be useful for party support, though their lack of armor contributes to the amount of damage received.
The game is designed with the player in mind. There are many different types of dungeons, each with its own storyline, characters, and goals. Many players find themselves wanting to spend many hours mastering their class, and going through increasingly difficult dungeons to get to the goal point. One feature that Dungeons & Dragons gamers love is the addition of player led maps and dungeons. These are easy to navigate, with all of the action moving back and forth between rooms so that players do not need to travel around the map on foot.
Another hallmark of Dungeons & Dragons is the use of “fluff.” The game’s characters talk in sentences, describing their capabilities and actions in very broad detail. This helps to create a sense of realism, as characters are not limited to small phrases and one liners when creating a character, and can describe large moments in the adventure in great detail. Dungeons & Dragons adventures and settings are usually set up on a world map, with the major towns represented by hills and castles, while random wilderness areas could be marked as “the forest of southwest” or “the craggy peaks of blackreach.”
The majority of Dungeons & Dragons adventures start out with a single party member, often a character from one of the classes in the starter sets. As the party progresses, more characters are added, sometimes from different games. Although it was possible to make these characters previous characters using previous editions of D&D (i.e. Baldur’s Gate and Eberron Online), the advent of Dungeons & Dragons Insider allow you to create a new character designed to fit into the world created by the Starter Sets.