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!
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
What every player and Dungeon Master needs - The Rules of the game
Rules to run the game
The creatures that populate the worlds of D&D
All the charts one needs for reference while running the game
All new adventure, due out September 18th
All new adventure, due out November 13th
All new adventure, due out November 20th