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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.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


This also means that I’ve 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...

...I’ll just be over here eating my Halos while muttering about kids these days and AC that goes upwards... :)

More seriously, I still can’t 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.
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