Happy Birthday To Dungeons & Dragons!
  • Happy Birthday To Dungeons & Dragons!


    D&D was launched in 1974, 45 years ago. While the exact date is not known, journalists like Jon Peterson peg it at the last Sunday in January... which is today, D&D's 45th birthday.


    From a letter from Gary Gygax to Dave Arneson 45 years ago


    Jon Peterson writes more on his blog. Not everybody agrees on the exact date - some say it's January 26th, as that was the last Sunday of January of 1974; others say it's January 30th, the date on TSR's belated copyright filing for the game, while others choose January 15th, as the trademark date. Whatever the exact date, it's 45 years ago, roughly around this time of year.

    So, Happy Birthday to Dungeons & Dragons!




    The first edition of D&D, published in 1974, was a boxed set by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. It included three classes (fighting-man, magic-user, cleric), four races (human, dwarf, elf, hobbit), and three alignments (lawful, neutral, chaotic).

    The boxed set was comprised of three books: Men & Magic, Monsters & Treasure, and The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures.
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Ed Laprade's Avatar
      Ed Laprade -
      Hippity, Happity B-Day to D&D.
    1. Warpiglet's Avatar
      Warpiglet -
      Cool article! Enworld can be cool like that!
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Happy birthday D&D, best wishes for many more years to come!
    1. Olgar Shiverstone's Avatar
      Olgar Shiverstone -
      Hey, D&D!

      It's time for your mid-life crisis. I recommend you trade up to a fresh young trophy rules edition and a shiny red box to travel around in!
    1. increment's Avatar
      increment -
      Quote Originally Posted by Olgar Shiverstone View Post
      Hey, D&D!

      It's time for your mid-life crisis. I recommend you trade up to a fresh young trophy rules edition and a shiny red box to travel around in!
      Art & Arcana probably serves as this quite nicely.
    1. cmad1977's Avatar
      cmad1977 -
      Quote Originally Posted by increment View Post
      Art & Arcana probably serves as this quite nicely.
      My friends bought it for me and itís a reaaaallllyyy good book. Interesting to see how and why art designs changes through time.
    1. TrippyHippy's Avatar
      TrippyHippy -
      Same age as me, literally.
    1. Toriel -
      Happy B'day D&D! Can't wait for the celebrations in 5 years.
    1. lowkey13's Avatar
      lowkey13 -
      1. Jon Peterson's blog (Playing at the World) is amazing. If you aren't visiting it, you should be.

      2. This anniversary makes me feel old.

      3. I can't wait for 50! They really better do something special.
    1. murquhart72's Avatar
      murquhart72 -
      My birthday was Sunday, so that cinches it. I was eating my second birthday cake when this game saw the light of day
    1. reelo's Avatar
      reelo -
      Quote Originally Posted by lowkey13 View Post
      3. I can't wait for 50! They really better do something special.
      A high-quality replica of the LBB for starters.

      By the way, 2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of AD&D 1E
    1. Henry's Avatar
      Henry -
      This also means that Iíve been playing D&D for about 38 years now, which is longer than most of the people I work with have been alive. I LITERALLY have dice older than them...

      ...Iíll just be over here eating my Halos while muttering about kids these days and AC that goes upwards...

      More seriously, I still canít believe that something I played so long ago is still going strong, and not just going strong but doing better than ever. Cheers to Gary, Dave, and all the people who pioneered this wonderful game, giving their blood and sweat for their labor of love.
    1. FitzTheRuke's Avatar
      FitzTheRuke -
      D&D and I share the month and the year for our birthdays, which I think is absolutely appropriate for me.
    1. KarinsDad's Avatar
      KarinsDad -
      Quote Originally Posted by reelo View Post
      A high-quality replica of the LBB for starters.

      By the way, 2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of AD&D 1E
      Well, some of us were playing AD&D 1E in 1978, we just had a limited set of rules (maybe 10 or 12 pages) for the DMG that TSR had put out.
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