The Best Year Yet for Dungeons & Dragons

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Nerds rejoice!  According to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, 2018 has been the best year to date for the classic roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons.

First released in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons (or D&D), has waxed and waned in popularity over the years.  Once the exclusive domain of the "nerdy" crowd, today it's cool to be a tabletop gamer.  D&D is popular even among high-profile celebrities, with YouTube channels filled with live games being streamed by viewers worldwide. 

Of course, part of the popularity may have to do with the game's role in the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things, but Goldner has another idea of why D&D is resonating with today's audience.  "People are re-engaged with [the] brand because it’s a face-to-face game, it’s immersive and it’s a game that people really enjoy playing with one another," he said.

With more than 8.6 million players in the US alone, he's not wrong about that.  Unlike online roleplaying games that come with technology requirements and a hefty subscription payment, Dungeons & Dragons has the benefit of easy access.  All it takes to get started is a group of friends, some pencils and paper, a handful of dice, and, of course, the right books.  

We asked Jodie, our resident D&D expert (that's him in the photo above), to put together his recommended list of books and kits for D&D beginners.  Check out the list below, and get started on your own adventures!

 

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starter Set (D&D Boxed Game) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780786965595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - July 15th, 2014

Everything you need for up to 6 people need to begin adventures in D&D - 5 pre-generated characters, adventure, how to play guide, and a set of dice


Player's Handbook (D&D Core Rulebook) Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780786965601
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - August 19th, 2014

What every player and Dungeon Master needs - The Rules of the game


Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D Core Rulebook) Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780786965625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - December 9th, 2014

Rules to run the game


Monster Manual (D&D Core Rulebook) Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780786965618
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - September 30th, 2014

The creatures that populate the worlds of D&D


Dungeon Master's Screen Reincarnated Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780786966196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - September 19th, 2017

All the charts one needs for reference while running the game


D&D Waterdeep Dragon Heist HC (D&D Adventure) Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780786966257
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - September 18th, 2018

All new adventure, due out September 18th


D&D Waterdeep Dungeon of the Mad Mage (D&D Adventure) Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780786966264
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - November 20th, 2018

All new adventure, due out November 13th


Dungeons & Dragons Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica / D&D/Magic: The Gathering Adventure Book and Campaign Setting Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780786966592
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Wizards of the Coast - November 20th, 2018

All new adventure, due out November 20th