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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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Dungeons & Dragons is a studio album by Midnight Syndicate, released August 12, 2003 by Entity Productions. The album is designed as a soundtrack to the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and was produced by Midnight Syndicate at the request of Wizards of the Coast, the company which owns the rights to the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Midnight Syndicate were approached by game designers at a gaming convention where they had set up stall, and they agreed to produce the album.

After an initial meeting with Wizards of the Coast, the two members of Midnight Syndicate—Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka—were left to write and produce the album themselves. They went their separate ways and produced tracks independently of one another, but came back together to arrange the album and master the tracks. The album was a change in style for Midnight Syndicate because it was mostly based around a fantasy feel, whereas their earlier works had been almost entirely horror-based. Artwork within the album booklet came from Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks including works from prominent game designers such as Skip Williams. The album was well received by Wizards of the Coast with positive reviews from music critics and the gaming community. It is reputedly the only official Dungeons & Dragons soundtrack.

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Ravenloft is an adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fantasy role-playing game, published by TSR in 1983 for use with the first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. The module, or pre-packaged adventure booklet, was written by husband–wife duo Tracy and Laura Hickman, with art by Clyde Caldwell and maps by David Sutherland III. The plot of Ravenloft centers around the villain Strahd von Zarovich, a vampire who draws power from the isolated land he rules.

Ravenloft was ranked as the second greatest Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time on the 30th anniversary of the Dungeons & Dragons game, behind Queen of the Spiders. Ravenloft inspired a sequel, a gamebook adaptation and an entire campaign setting, which in turn had many spin offs, including a module for the Neverwinter Nights role-playing video game. The original Ravenloft adventure itself has been revised and republished several times.

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A game of Dungeons & Dragons in progress.
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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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