Dungeons & Dragons was published way back in 1974, as a way to bring role-playing to serious strategy war games. Thanks to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, children and adults have been playing RPGs for generations. It inspires creativity and imagination, and created an all new way to play.
D&D Lead Designer Mike Mearls talked about how important the role-playing game is to him. “D&D has become a rite of passage for children of a creative temperament. It’s incredible to think that what started as the marriage of tabletop wargames and pulp fantasy novels has become the iconic storytelling pastime for multiple generations.”
Books, video games, and movies have been created thanks to Dungeons & Dragons, and the game is still going strong today.
The Curator of the Museum Nic Ricketts talked a bit about why they picked Dungeons & Dragons for this honor. “More than any other game, Dungeons & Dragons paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play. It was groundbreaking. And it opened the door for other kinds of table games that borrow many of its unique mechanics. But most importantly, Dungeons & Dragons’ mechanics lent themselves to computer applications, and it had a direct impact on hugely successful electronic games like World of Warcraft.”
The role-playing game will join previous inductees such as the Atari, Barbie, and Candy Land.