Dungeons & Dragons

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Dungeons & Dragons (commonly abbreviated as D&D or DnD), is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson,[1] and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). It has since been published by Wizards of the Coast (a subsidiary of Hasbro) since 1997.

The game was derived from miniature wargames, with a variation of the 1971 game Chainmail serving as the initial rule system. is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry.


D&D departs from traditional wargaming by allowing each player to create their own character to play instead of a military formation. These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting.

A Dungeon Master (DM) serves as the game's referee and storyteller while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur, and playing the role of the inhabitants (non-player characters or NPCs) of the game world.

The characters form a party and they interact with the setting's inhabitants and each other. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, explore, and gather treasure and knowledge. In the process, the characters earn experience points (XP) in order to rise in levels, and become increasingly powerful over a series of separate gaming sessions.

Unlike some online multiplayer worlds, D&D is traditionally played by players who meet in person on a timely basis. Because it is usually not played online, it is sometimes referred to as a "pencil and paper RPG" (or tabletop RPG). However, it is possible to play D&D remotely through online communication mediums (IRC et al).

Dungeons & Dragons and furry[edit]

Many furries have at one time played, or are currently playing, D&D and/or one of the gaming systems it has inspired, such as Ironclaw, Jadeclaw, Furry Pirates and Furry Outlaws, tabletop role-playing game designed specifically for anthropomorphic creatures.

Official playable anthropomorphic creature races from Wizards of the Coast have been released for Dungeons & Dragons. The current fifth edition has races such as the Aarakocra, Kenku, and Owlin, all three of which are playable bird folk, Harengon, playable rabbit folk, Lizardfolk, and Dragonborn, humanoid dragon people. Wizards of the Coast has also published a D&D gaming supplement book called Savage Species, which gives details on how to create anthropomorphic characters for play in the third edition of the D&D gaming system.[citation needed]


  1. The Tangled Cultural Roots of Dungeons & Dragons article on The New Yorker. Retrieved March 4, 2022.

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