D&D General D&D In The Mainstream - Again!

With the latest mainstream article* (this time the New York Times for the third time!) 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!

*Note, this article was written in Nov 2019, but I intend to update the list below as more such articles appear. Last updated Sep 2022.

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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 2019, July 2019, May 202, and then in September 2022). 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! (*edit -- as of July 2022, nope, they're still surprised!)


UPDATE -- January 2023, during the height of "OGL-gate", D&D has featured heavily. I have made a separate OGL-gate list here.


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! Even the Cyprus Mail!

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

Russ Morrissey

DMZ2112

Chaotic Looseleaf
Heh odds on movie flopping?
It's... possible. Last year Lightyear and Morbius both kind of tanked, and everybody loves Toy Story and I was almost convinced the MCU could do no wrong.

But people are clearly still exercising some kind of judgment at the box office, although I'll be damned if it makes any logical sense to me.
 

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billd91

Not your screen monkey (he/him)
It's... possible. Last year Lightyear and Morbius both kind of tanked, and everybody loves Toy Story and I was almost convinced the MCU could do no wrong.

But people are clearly still exercising some kind of judgment at the box office, although I'll be damned if it makes any logical sense to me.
There's also the issue of people still not being fully back to pre-pandemic levels of going out to theaters. There are still only about 2/3 the number of tickets sold in 2022 as there were in 2019 overall in the US.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Checking around box office nerd circles, there's quite a bit of uncertainty about Honor Among Thieves: no real franchise precedent, and tracking how likely people ate to see a movie in theaters is way trickier than it was 4 years ago.
 

Dioltach

Legend
Another instance of D&D in the mainstream: I went to see Dara Ó'Briain perform live last night, and he has a bit where he references orcs and rolling a d20 (talking about the "fantasy" option at a massage parlour).
 


It's... possible. Last year Lightyear and Morbius both kind of tanked, and everybody loves Toy Story and I was almost convinced the MCU could do no wrong.
They where both kind of bad, and neither had much to do with either Toy Story or the MCU.

Strange World is a better example, since it tanked at the cinema and was actually good. But it was a marketing nightmare, since to say what it was actually about is a bigger spoiler than Bruce Willis is a ghost.
 

DMZ2112

Chaotic Looseleaf
While based on a Marvel character, Morbius was produced by Sony, not Marvel Studios, and I think that is more a factor.

They where both kind of bad, and neither had much to do with either Toy Story or the MCU.

Strange World is a better example, since it tanked at the cinema and was actually good. But it was a marketing nightmare, since to say what it was actually about is a bigger spoiler than Bruce Willis is a ghost.
...I appreciate what you're saying, but you realize all of these things are also true of the D&D movie, right? Not produced by a fan-recognized studio, nothing to do with an established film canon...

...and, frankly, likely kind of bad. ;)
 

Rabulias

the Incomparably Shrewd and Clever
...I appreciate what you're saying, but you realize all of these things are also true of the D&D movie, right? Not produced by a fan-recognized studio, nothing to do with an established film canon...
The same things could be said of Iron Man back in 2008, and Toy Story back in 1995. Hit franchises have to begin somewhere. I believe that Honor Among Thieves will do well, maybe very well, and will be a much better movie than any of the three previous D&D films. I realize that is a low bar, but I think it will become a popular and well-regarded film by D&D fans and the general public.
 

...I appreciate what you're saying, but you realize all of these things are also true of the D&D movie, right? Not produced by a fan-recognized studio, nothing to do with an established film canon...

...and, frankly, likely kind of bad. ;)
Sure, but bad movie performs badly aint surprising. We currently have no idea if it will be bad or not. But frankly, it would be hard for it to be worse than Morbius, which makes the first D&D movie look good.
 

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