The Dungeons and Dragons Effect

Dragons in the Dungeon

There are many role playing game (RPGs) that are in existence in this day and age, but there some more iconic than others. One role playing game that stands above the rest is Dungeons and Dragons.

Brief History

The Iconic D20 has been used in D&D for nearly 40 years now. Anyone who has played D&D has their own set of dice. The more venerable players ten to have more than one set of dice.

The Iconic d20 has been used in D&D for nearly 40 years now. Anyone who has played D&D has their own set of dice. The more venerable players tend to have more than one set of dice.

The role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), was originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave ArnesonThe 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

This the Players Handbook for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5. It is one of my more preferred editions next to 2nd Edition AD&D.

This the Players Handbook for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5. It is one of my more preferred editions next to 2nd Edition AD&D.

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.

Table-Topping!

After doing table-top gaming for over 12 years now, this blog is a first. To be very honest, I am not quiet sure how to even start this blog off, but I think the best thing to do, is to first tell everyone what Table-top gaming is.

To everyone who does not know what table-top gaming is, it ranges from older traditional table and board  games ( i.e. monopoly and chess),  to the new board and table games (i.e. Settlers of Catan, Dust: Tactics and Magic the Gathering). Considering this, it really is a wide variety of games to cover.  This endeavor shall be more than interesting and I’m looking forward to learning about the old and seeing the new.

There was a game I was reading about the other day, A Journey Through Europe. It really should spark an interest in those who have played a number of boards in there life.The game was made in 1759.

The more modern version of the game.  (www.funagain.com)

The more modern version of the game. (www.funagain.com)

It is the first known game that we can ascribe to an individual designer. In other words, prior to that time, all games were analogous to the anonymous epics that spurred the rise of literature; they were what Dave Parlett (in The Oxford History of Board Games) calls “folk games.” -Greg Costikyan-

You can read the article on escapistmagazine.com. Most games we play today are based around the society, just like A Journey Through Europe was during its time. There is a  majority of the Role Playing Games (RPGs) that can attest to this, such as D20 Modern and Monopoly. I thought that this was an interesting thing to read and learn about, because the history traditional games is really something that should be considered as a important.