The History of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

The History of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons


We’ve been meaning to follow up on our video detailing the history of Original D&D. So today, we finally continue our discussion with the history of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, aka 1st Edition. We discuss not only some of the major changes from the previous edition but also some of the messy history that was going on behind the scenes. It involves not only corporate politics and backstabbing but also paranoia about Satanism and witchcraft.

Music: AD&D: Eye of the Beholder (SNES)

Main Source: The Game Wizards – The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons by Jon Peterson


0:00 Intro

3:37 Core Rules

15:22 Controversy

31:00 Conclusions

Upstate game shop trains new Dungeons & Dragons players

GREENVILLE, S.C (WSPA) – Brennan Witherspoon didn’t hold back when it came to explaining what he believes makes dungeons & Dragons (D&D) such a unique adventure game. As he spoke from behind the counter at Boardwalk games in Greenville, there was a noticeable enthusiasm in his voice. “The cool thing about D&D,” he explained, “is it allows you to get whatever you want out of it. So you can go on big adventures… or just hang out in the background.” He did admit that the game can be intimidating for beginners who don’t know where to start, but he said that’s partly because of the unique style of the game.  Witherspoon compared D&D to video games, but instead of the story being restricted by a program, you’re free to make up your own adventure as you go. He said it’s more about teamwork and problem-solving and less about competition. It’s more than the books and hand-drawn maps. It’s about exploration and adventure. It’s about being together with new and old friends during a time when the world can seem so divided. Laughter would frequently erupt from the adjoining room as Witherspoon spoke. The players-in-training were undoubtedly enjoying their game. Among them was Brandon Koser. This was Kisor’s first time playing Dungeons & Dragons. He said he’s familiar with other table-top style games, but he’s been meaning to learn D&D because it’s what his friends play. “What better way to decide it’s time to do it,” he asked, “than a one-time session that is for newbies?” Also among them was Austin Simmons. He said the thing that appeals to him the most about D&D was the chance to come together and tell stories. There’s no denying that Dungeons and Dragons have increased in popularity in recent years. That could be in part due to its many references in the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,”  but it could also be a consequence of COVID-19, and the restrictions put in place regarding social gatherings. Regardless of the reasons, one thing was made abundantly clear by this rag-tag group of wannabe players. The world of Dungeons & Dragons is about much more than plastic dice and toy monsters. If you’d like to learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons, Boardwalk hosts the game every Wednesday, with newbie sessions held the last Sunday of every month.

Upstate game shop trains new Dungeons & Dragons players

Browns play Dungeons and Dragons for charity

CLEVELAND (WJW)– A few members of the Cleveland Browns played a different kind of game Thursday night and it was all for a good cause. Fullback Johnny Stanton hosted a game of Dungeons and Dragons at Tabletop Board Game Café on West 25th Street in Cleveland. He was joined by defensive end Myles Garrett and and guard Wyatt Teller. The event was streamed online, and featured a silent auction and prizes. It was all to benefit Red Nose Day, which funds programs to fight child poverty. “It’s a dream come true. A dream I didn’t know I had,” Stanton said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be this kind of energy, but I’m excited.” Stanton, who considers himself a comic book nerd, said he’s been playing D&D for a few years and introduced it to his teammates. “Critical thinking, thinking on your feet kind of coincides (with football), I think what’s great about D&D is it can be an escape from football, which we can all use once in a while,” he said.

Browns play Dungeons and Dragons for charity