Dungeons & Dragons, the world-over famous tabletop Role-Playing Game (RPG), has been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame by The Strong Museum of Play this week. D&D has been a massive influence in the development of countless video games not only on an individual level but also in the overall advancement of video games as a medium.
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Dungeons & Dragons was inducted alongside Fisher-Price’s Little People and the swing. Yep, the good old swing is now in a hall of fame.
“More than any other game, Dungeons & Dragons paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play,” museum curator Nic Ricketts stated in a press release announcing the inductees. “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.”
As a result of its induction, Dungeons & Dragons will receive a permanent display at the museum, which is based in Rochester, New York. It takes its place alongside other toys like alphabet blocks and the illustrious ball.
The game, developed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in the 1970s was based heavily on Chainmail, a medieval war game, and would later introduce the fantasy and role-playing innovations to gaming where players would focus their attention on only their character.
What do you think has been the better toy across the last half century; Dungeons & Dragons or the ball?