Dragons in the Dungeon
The role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), was originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The game was derived from the miniature wargame, Chainmail, which was the first game created by Gary Gygax and Jeff Perren in 1971. Dungeons and Dragons was then published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules. Inc. and soon became a rousing success. Today, Dungeons and Dragons own by Hasbro’s subsidiary company, Wizards of the Coast, who now publishes the game. The game is currently in its 4th edition which was published in 2008. however there is a still a number of players that play older editions, like Advance Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) which used the THACO (To Hit Armor Class Zero) system or Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 which uses the newer d20 system.
How It Has Impacted People
Dungeons and Dragons has touched my people’s lives over the past 39 years. It has been featured in pop culture and has won dozens of awards. Dungeons and Dragons has done different things for many people. It’s even helped people recover from their injuries.
William Helmke, a student at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, says he started playing Dungeons and Dragons after a motor cycle accident.
“Basically, I was inexperienced at the time and I had just gotten my temps. It was my first time on a motorcycle, a motorcycle that was too big for me,” Helmke said, “when I went around a corner and caught some gravel on the edge of the curve, I wiped out.”
During the course of the crash, Helmke tried to catch himself to minimize injury. He managed to dislocate his shoulder and break his leg. It was impossible for him to use crutches and was in a wheel chair for two months. It was during this time that his friends from his hometown of Marshfield, Wisconsin, introduced Dungeons and Dragons to him.
“At the time I couldn’t walk, so being able to play a character that could wield a sword that was as tall as my character and being able to cut through hordes of enemies was a really nice way to escape into a fantasy world that was something different than the real world,” Helmke said.
Helmke says that he has played many role playing games and was always interested in playing the game. Dungeons and Dragons is still his favorite role-playing game that stands above the rest.
“I really enjoy the aspect of being able to play a character that can do things that I can do and things that I am not capable of doing,” Helmke said.
- Gygax Memorial Honors the “Father of RPGs” (twistedgeeks.wordpress.com)
- [NERD TREK] Gygax Memorial Honors the “Father of RPGs” (nerdtrek.com)
- Community is making another Dungeons & Dragons episode, huzzah! (io9.com)
- History of D&D (bornozz.wordpress.com)
- Dungeons and Dragons Supports the Troops (cheezburger.com)
- Arthronema Gygaxiana: The Bacterial Dungeon Master (forbes.com)
- “A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure” (battlegrip.com)