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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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Planescape: Torment is a role-playing video game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and released on December 12, 1999 by Interplay Entertainment. It takes place in Planescape, an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) fantasy campaign setting. The game's engine is a modified version of the Infinity Engine, which was also used for BioWare's Baldur's Gate, a previous AD&D game set in the Forgotten Realms.

Planescape: Torment is primarily story-driven; combat is given less prominence than in most contemporary role-playing games. The protagonist, an immortal who has lost his name, lived many lives, and forgotten them. The game focuses on The Nameless One's journey throughout the city of Sigil and other planes to reclaim his memories of these previous lives. Several characters in the game may join The Nameless One on his journey, most of whom have encountered him in the past.

The game was not a significant commercial success but received widespread critical praise and has since become a cult classic. It was lauded for its immersive dialog, for the dark and relatively obscure Planescape setting, and for the protagonist's unique persona, which shirked many characteristics of traditional role-playing games. It was considered by many video game journalists to be the best role-playing game (RPG) of 1999, and continues to receive attention long after its release.

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Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game and was written by Gary Gygax. The 32-page adventure bears the code S3 ("S" for "special") While Dungeons & Dragons is typically a fantasy game, the adventure includes elements of science fiction and science fantasy. It takes place on a downed spaceship; the ship's crew has died of an unspecified disease, but functioning robots and strange creatures still inhabit the ship. The player characters fight monsters and robots, and gather futuristic weapons and colored access cards necessary for advancing the story.

Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was first played at the Origins II convention in 1976 where it was used to introduce Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) gamers to the science fiction game Metamorphosis Alpha. In 1980, TSR updated the adventure for first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules and published it. The adventure was never updated for any later rules systems, but a Wizards.com article did provide a conversion to Future Tech. It included a separate booklet of illustrations, some of which were in color. The adventure is an old time favorite of many Dungeons & Dragons fans, including Stephen Colbert. It was ranked the fifth best Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon magazine in 2004, and received positive reviews from White Dwarf and The Space Gamer magazines. The other adventures in the S series include Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, and Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.

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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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