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Dungeons & Dragons

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Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game is currently published by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro. It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of the Chainmail game serving as the initial rule system. D&D's publication is widely regarded as the beginning of modern role-playing games and, by extension, the entire role-playing game industry.

As of 2006, Dungeons & Dragons remains 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. Dungeons & Dragons is known beyond the game for other D&D-branded products (such as the popular video games Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate, as well as an animated TV series), references in popular culture and some of the controversies that have surrounded it, particularly a moral panic in the 1980s falsely linking it to Satanism and suicide.

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Wizards of the Coast (often referred to as WotC or simply Wizards) is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. Originally a basement-run role-playing game publisher, the company popularized the collectible card game genre with Magic: The Gathering in the mid-1990s, acquired the popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game by purchasing the failing company TSR, and experienced tremendous success by publishing the licensed Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Today, Wizards publishes role-playing games, board games, and collectible card games. They have received numerous awards, including several Origins Awards. The company has been a subsidiary of Hasbro since 1999.

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Dragons of Despair is the start of the first major story arc in the Dragonlance series of Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game modules, a ready-to-play adventure for use by Dungeon Masters in the game. It is the first in a series of 16 Dragonlance adventures published by TSR between 1984 and 1988. This series provides a game version of the original Dragonlance storyline, as told in the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy of novels. This module corresponds to the events told in the first half of the novel Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Its module code is DL1, which is used to designate it as the first part of the Dragnlace adventure series.

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Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
Credit: Kevin McColl and User:Alan De Smet

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  • May 19, 2009: Wizards of the Coast announces that D&D Insider will contain over 100 pages of finished previews from the Player's Handbook 3.
  • April 10, 2009: Dave Arneson, co-creator of the game, died on April 7, 2009, from cancer. Wizards of the Coast's news.
  • April 6, 2009: Wizards of the Coast files three lawsuits for copyright infringement of their downloadable Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition PDF books.
  • March 25, 2009: Paizo Publishing announces the winner or RPG Superstar 2009, Neil Spicer, who will write the Pathfinder Module Realm of the Fellnight Queen, to be released in January 2010.
  • March 17, 2009: The 224-page Player's Handbook 2 has been released, containing new races, new classes, and a new power source (Primal), among other additional rules.
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