D&D In The Mainstream - Again!

With the latest mainstream article (this time the New York Times for the second time this year!) from a major news outlet covering the resurgence of D&D, I thought I'd take a quick look at similar articles which have appeared on the radar of major newspapers and broadcasters recently, including The Guardian, the BBC, the Washington Post, and more!

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Image from NYT, depicting live-streamed D&D show "Rivals of Waterdeep"


Just yesterday, the Washington Examiner joined in. Forbes also covers the game fairly regularly. It's pretty amazing that this hobby is now appearing in mainstream media on a regular basis. There's a major mainstream article every couple of months now, it seems. The articles are usually very similar -- the surprising revelation of the "rise" or "resurgence" of D&D, and reports that D&D is now 'out of the basement', a few words from somebody at WotC about how the current year is the best year yet, and perhaps an interview with a gamer or two explaining why they think D&D is resurgent now, as well as quotes from a celebrity gamer.

The New York Times was surprised about the popularity of D&D twice this year - this week on D&D's resurgence, and back in April on "why the cool kids are playing Dungeons & Dragons". The Times looks at the strangeness of D&D becoming cool, while the Washington Post wonders how D&D became more popular than ever. IGN explains the recent surge in popularity, and the Guardian tells us we're no longer nerds because D&D is cool now (update: and then again in November). The BBC covers the phenomenon, as does Australia's ABC.

It'll be fun to see what comes next, if D&D's resurgence becomes no longer 'news' but accepted fact, and the outlets get to report on more focused aspects of the hobby -- hopefully the coverage won't die down. It's come some way since 2004 when the BBC asked "What happened to Dungeons & Dragons?" They've certainly got to stop being surprised at the resurgence soon!
With a bit of Googling, you can also uncover a ton of local news outlets which have covered the game, such as the Liverpool Echo, the Oxford Observer, the Washington Examiner, or the Chicago Daily Herald, as well as many comic book and general geek sites. D&D is everywhere!

I'm sure there are more! Those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head.
 
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Russ Morrissey

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Rhianni32

Explorer
We've come a long way. Used to be you played in secret in the dark back corner of a school cafeteria for fear of the jocks picking on you for being a nerd.

Now we have a million+ people subscribed to various twitch and youtube channels watching people play for hours with the regularity and passion of what once network sitcoms held.
 

Jimmy Dick

Explorer
I'm glad to see my hobby become mainstream. As a Pathfinder player of both editions, I understand that my games are lumped in with D&D as part of the overall trend. Either way, roleplay is doing very, very good!
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Some of my other hobbies include woodworking, and I belong to a few woodworking groups (45,000+ members). It kinda still surprises me just how often people make posts about a project they are working on that is related to D&D. I mean, you normally don't associate woodworking with D&D, so to see so many posts come up warms my heart. It's like D&D is as mainstream as any other thing, and isn't niche any longer.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I don't know about anyone else, but I've noticed a rash of "D&D Tourists" in my gaming group. You know, a friend of a friend of a friend who wants to join the game for a night, "just to check things out" and maybe see "what all the hype is about."

We welcome them with open arms. I'm happy to share my geeky hobby with anyone who's interested, even if it means running a one-shot for the night, or side-tracking my plot line for an evening. I think it's great to have so much interest and participation, and less stigma.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I don't know about anyone else, but I've noticed a rash of "D&D Tourists" in my gaming group. You know, a friend of a friend of a friend who wants to join the game for a night, "just to check things out" and maybe see "what all the hype is about."

We welcome them with open arms. I'm happy to share my geeky hobby with anyone who's interested, even if it means running a one-shot for the night, or side-tracking my plot line for an evening. I think it's great to have so much interest and participation, and less stigma.
And some of them might stick around!
 

ad_hoc

Adventurer
I posted this in the other thread but I like to collect the sales tidbits that WotC are revealing so I will post it here again. From the article.

Wizards of the Coast declined to share detailed sales figures but said that 2018 was the fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth for D&D, and its best sales year ever.
This isn't just sales, it's the rate of sales. 5 years in and the rate of sales continues to climb.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I posted this in the other thread but I like to collect the sales tidbits that WotC are revealing so I will post it here again. From the article.



This isn't just sales, it's the rate of sales. 5 years in and the rate of sales continues to climb.
I think they’ve said that in every article for the last couple of years.
 

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