After forty-two years of fantasy-role playing fun, Dungeons & Dragons has finally been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Together with Fisher-Price Little People and the swing, Dungeons & Dragons was added to a vast collection of titles held at the Strong Museum for Play in Rochester, New York in early November 2016. A panel of experts selected the three new Hall of Fame games from a group of twelve finalists, which included Care Bears, Clue, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and Uno.
When asked why D&D made the cut, National Museum of Play curator Nic Ricketts that Dungeons and Dragons “paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play.” Considering the fact that Vin Diesel, Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper and Drew Barrymore are just a few of the estimated 20 million people around the world who enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons, this couldn’t be truer.
Dungeons & Dragons isn’t limited to the physical realm anymore either. Like many other board games popular in the late twentieth century, D&D has seen its franchise enter the world of video games and casino titles. For instance, IGT’s D&D Treasures of Icewind Dale, which is available amongst a variety of other fantasy-based bgo slot games including Lancelot and Zeus, manages to capture the classic elements of Dungeons & Dragons such as special D20 dice in an entirely different format. Sites like Roll20 and DDO.com have also managed to create exclusively online experiences alongside bgo for fans who enjoy iGaming.
Whilst discussing the game’s appeal Mike Mearls, lead designer of Dungeons & Dragons, explained in a statement that it has become a rite of passage for creative children everywhere. To this day, Mearls finds it incredible that what was originally a combination of tabletop wargames and fantasy stories has transformed into an “iconic storytelling pastime for multiple generations.” Plus, let’s not forget that D&D was what started it all in the past summer’s hit Netflix series Stranger Things.
Initially published in January 1974, Dungeons & Dragons was the original fantasy co-op pen-and-paper game. At first, the game’s Wisconsin-based creators Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson thought that only a few copies would sell. However, as word spread about the wonderful game, it became a cult game that crossed borders and eventually smashed stereotypes regarding those who enjoy gaming.
John Frascotti, president of Hasbro Brands, has stated in the past that Dungeons & Dragons is the very epitome of Hasbro’s goal, which is to create the world’s best play experiences, as D&D has enabled players to form their own tales and let their imagination run wild for over forty years. Hasbro are very proud to have D&D placed in the National Toy Hall of Fame, and we’re sure fans of the game are equally pleased – we know we are.
There is no doubt that D&D will endure through the ages, a fact that is only solidified by its induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Whether we continue to play the traditional game, action-packed video games or modern online slots like those on bgo, Dungeons & Dragons will live on for many generations to come.
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