Dungeons & Dragons-related products
In 1975, TSR began publishing The Strategic Review. At the time, role-playing games were still seen as a sub-genre of the wargaming industry, and the magazine was designed not only to support D&D and TSR's other games, but also to cover wargaming in general. In short order, however, the popularity and growth of D&D made it clear that the game had not only separated itself from its wargaming origins, but had launched an entirely new industry unto itself. The following year, after only seven issues, TSR cancelled The Strategic Review and replaced it in 1976 with The Dragon (later Dragon Magazine).
Although Dragon Magazine was originally designed to support the role-playing industry in general, it has always been primarily a house organ for TSR's games with a particular focus on D&D. Most of the magazine's articles provide supplementary material for the game, including new races, classes, spells, traps, monsters, skills, and rules. Other articles will provide tips and suggestions for players and DMs. The magazine has also published a number of well-known, gamer-oriented comic strips over the years, including Wormy, SnarfQuest, Yamara, Knights of the Dinner Table, Nodwick, Dork Tower, and The Order of the Stick.
Between 1983 and 1985, TSR's UK branch published Imagine Magazine. It featured similar content to Dragon, focusing on D&D and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D). Imagine featured a monthly series of articles about a new campaign world, Pelinore, which were later continued in the non-TSR magazine Game Master. Some material that originated in Imagine was eventually incorporated into Unearthed Arcana.
In 1986, TSR launched a new magazine to complement Dragon. Dungeon Adventures, published bimonthly, published nothing but adventure modules for Dungeon Masters. While Dungeon now publishes other kinds of material as well, Dungeons & Dragons adventures remain its main focus.
While many other magazines have partially or fully devoted themselves to supporting D&D, Dragon and Dungeon remain the only two official publications for the game. In 2002, Wizards of the Coast licensed the two magazines to Paizo Publishing. Publication of both magazines then ceased in September 2007 as the owning company opted for an online model, citing a downturn in the market for low-circulation specialty and hobby magazines. In total, there were 359 Dragon issues and 150 Dungeon issues released in print. The final 3rd Edition issue of Dragon was #362, and the final 3rd Edition issue of Dungeon was #153. The online version of the magazines are up to issue 408 and 201 respectively as of April 2012.
Films and TV
A popular D&D animated television series was produced in 1983. The cartoon was based upon the concept of a small group of young adults and children who get transported to a D&D-based fantasy realm by riding a magical roller coaster. When they arrive, they are given potent magical weapons and must survive against the chromatic dragon Tiamat and a power-hungry nemesis called Venger. They are assisted in each episode by a gnome-like creature called Dungeon Master and a baby unicorn named Uni.
A D&D movie was released in 2000 to largely negative critical reception. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, a made-for-TV sequel, was first aired on the Sci-Fi Channel on October 8, 2005, receiving better critical reception, and was released on February 7, 2006 on DVD. This sequel is also known by the alternate title Dungeons & Dragons 2: The Elemental Might. A third film was also shot in 2011, Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness. Warner Bros. has acquired rights to make a film based on Dungeons & Dragons, using a script written by David Leslie Johnson and will be produced by Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon. However, Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast has sued Sweetpea Entertainment, producer of the first three D&D movies, over its movie deal with Warner claiming that the movie rights (TV and feature) have expired.
In 2003, a computer animated motion picture entitled Scourge of Worlds: A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure was produced for DVD, featuring the iconic characters (Regdar, Mialee, and Lidda) created for the 3rd Edition. This is an interactive movie that asks viewers to decide what actions the heroes should take at crucial points in the story, allowing hundreds of different story-telling combinations. A special edition was released later that included even more choices, two additional endings, the making of the Scourge of Worlds, and the original (linear) version of film.
The official Dragonlance Chronicles animated movie, Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight was released straight to video in January 2008. The film stars the voices of Michael Rosenbaum as Tanis, Kiefer Sutherland as Raistlin, Lucy Lawless as Goldmoon, and Michelle Trachtenberg as Tika.
Computer and video games
Many unique digital games had been released and sold under the D&D license. A significant number of these games were published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI). Most, but not all, are role-playing video games that use rules derived from some version of the D&D rules. Many of the games were released on multiple platforms, including personal computers, consoles, and handheld devices (including mobile phones). Notable titles include:
|Dungeons & Dragons Computer Labyrinth Game||1980||The first D&D game marketed for public consumption that contained digital electronics. This is a board game/video game hybrid, with a D&D table-top look-and-feel. Dungeon walls, monsters, and traps manifest themselves as series of beeps from the internal computer.|
|Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game||1981||A small (2" x 3" x .5") electronic game using the mechanics of Hunt the Wumpus. It used an LCD screen and various sound effects to inform the player of different in-game circumstances, such as proximity to pits, bats, the magic arrow or the dragon.|
|Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge||1982||Designed for the Intellivision, the first video game based licensed under the D&D license.|
|Pool of Radiance||1988||The first D&D video game. Designed by SSI, the same game engine would be used to develop ten more D&D games, the Gold Box series. It was "remade" by UbiSoft in 2001 under the name Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor.|
|Eye of the Beholder||1990||The first in a trilogy of popular games designed by Westwood Studios and published by SSI in the early 1990s.|
|Developed by Stormfront Studios and was one of the first graphical MMORPG, paving the way for other games including Ultima Online and EverQuest. The game was a major hit, and the name and settings formed the basis for the Neverwinter Nights video game (see below).|
|Tower of Doom||1993||Two beat 'em up/action RPG hybrid series by Capcom.|
|Shadow over Mystara||1996|
|Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance||1996||Developed by Synergistic Software, a subsidiary of Sierra Entertainment and was an innovative mix of strategy and role-playing gaming, and featured realistic (for the time) 3D graphics. Unfortunately, the game was not a major success due to the decreased popularity of D&D inspired games at that time.|
|Baldur's Gate||1998||From Interplay Entertainment, was developed by Bioware and was the first D&D video game to use Bioware's Infinity Engine. It met with critical success and was followed by several more D&D games from Bioware, including an expansion pack, Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, and one sequel, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and its expansion, Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal.|
|Planescape: Torment. Icewind Dale and Icewind Dale II||1999
|Developed by Interplay's Black Isle Studios and also used the Bioware Infinity Engine.|
|Neverwinter Nights||2002||This game from Bioware included the Aurora toolset that allows users to create custom modules. Several expansion modules were sold by the distributor.|
|Neverwinter Nights 2||2006|
|Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale||2011||Developed by Bedlam Games and published by Atari, set to release as a downloadable game for PSN/XBLA|
Several hundred novels have been published based upon Dungeons & Dragons.
- Fantasy Grand Master Andre Norton's novel Quag Keep, published in 1979, was set in Greyhawk, making it the first novel to use a D&D campaign setting.
- Throughout the early 1980s, TSR printed several series of gamebooks of varying complexity under series titles such as Endless Quest, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Gamebooks, HeartQuest, and 1 on 1 Adventure Gamebooks. Most of these books were based on D&D, although some were based on other TSR role-playing games.
- The Dragonlance product line, begun in 1984, was the first series of novels produced by TSR and has since seen more than 190 titles published.
- D&D creator Gary Gygax's series of Gord the Rogue novels, published from 1985 to 1988, was set in his Greyhawk campaign setting. A number of other novels have also been set in Greyhawk.
- Numerous novels have been set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting by such authors as R. A. Salvatore and setting creator Ed Greenwood.
- A number of books have also been published under the generic Dungeons & Dragons heading. They are as follows:
2nd Edition Novels
- Tale of the Comet (July 1997), by Roland J. Green, (ISBN 0-7869-0654-5)
- The Rod of Seven Parts (February 25, 1996), by Douglas Niles, (ISBN 0-7869-0479-8)
- The Wizard's Tale (October 1993), by Michael Andrews, (ISBN 1-56076-896-7)
- The Thief's Tale (October 1993), by Michael Andrews, (ISBN 1-56076-897-5)
- The Warrior's Tale (October 1993), by Michael Andrews, (ISBN 1-56076-919-X)
- The Elf's Tale (October 1993), by Michael Andrews, (ISBN October 1993)
- The Savage Caves (July 2002), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2845-X)
- The Living Dead (August 2002), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2848-4)
- Oath of Nerull (September 2002), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2851-4)
- City of Fire (November 2002), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2854-9)
- The Bloody Eye (January 2003), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2917-0)
- Treachery's Wake (March 2003), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2926-X)
- Plague of Ice (May 2003), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2953-7)
- The Sundered Arms (July 2003), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-2974-X)
- Return of the Damned (October 2003), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-3003-9)
- The Death Ray (December 2003), by T. H. Lain, (ISBN 0-7869-3030-6)
Knights of the Silver Dragon
- Secret of the Spiritkeeper (June 2004), by Matt Forbeck, (ISBN 0-7869-3143-4)
- Riddle in Stone (August 2004), by Ree Soesbee, (ISBN 0-7869-3211-2)
- Sign of the Shapeshifter (October 2004), by Dale Donovan and Linda Johns, (ISBN 0-7869-3220-1)
- Eye of Fortune (December 2004), by Denise Graham, (ISBN 0-7869-3169-8)
- Figure in the Frost (February 2005), by Lana Perez, (ISBN 0-7869-3587-1)
- Dagger of Doom (April 2005), by Kerry Daniel Roberts, (ISBN 0-7869-3631-2)
- Hidden Dragon (June 2005), by Lisa Trutkoff Trumbauer, (ISBN 0-7869-3748-3)
- The Silver Spell (August 2005), by Anjali Bannerjee, (ISBN 0-7869-3750-5)
- Key to the Griffon's Lair (October 2005), by Candice Ransom, (ISBN 0-7869-3827-7)
- Curse of the Lost Grove (December 2005), by Denise R. Graham, (ISBN 0-7869-3829-3)
- Mystery of the Wizard's Tomb (February 2006), by Rachel Plummer, (ISBN 0-7869-3990-7)
- Mark of the Yuan-Ti (April 2006), by Kerry Daniel Roberts, (ISBN 0-7869-4033-6)
- The Tainted Sword (October 1992), by D.J. Heinrich, (ISBN 1-56076-395-7)
- The Dragon's Tomb (October 1992), by D.J. Heinrich, (ISBN 1-56076-395-7)
- The Fall of Magic (October 1993), by D.J. Heinrich, (ISBN 1-56076-663-8)
- The Mark of Nerath (August 2010), by Bill Slavicsek, (ISBN 978-0-7869-5622-7)
- The Seal of Karga Kul (December 2010), by Alex Irvine, (ISBN 978-0-7869-5572-5)
- The Last Garrison (December 2011), by Matthew Beard, (ISBN 978-0-7869-5793-4)
The Abyssal Plague
- The Temple of the Yellow Skulls (March 2011), by Don Bassingthwaite, (ISBN 978-0-7869-5749-1)
- Oath of Vigilance (August 2011), by James Wyatt, (ISBN 978-0-7869-5816-0)
- The Eye of the Chained God (April 2012), by Don Bassingthwaite, (ISBN 978-0-7869-5983-9)
During the 1980s and 1990s, DC Comics published several licensed D&D comics, including Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and Spelljammer. Also during the 1980s, one-page "mini-comics" appeared as advertisements in both Marvel and DC publications, always ending with the line "To Be Continued..."
After the release of the 3rd Edition, KenzerCo, better known for the popular gaming comic Knights of the Dinner Table, secured the licensing rights to produce official D&D comics. Using the license, they produced a number of different mini-series. One notable mini-series for this comic line entitled Tempest's Gate was authored by Sean Smith. It featured memorable iconic characters of D&D such as Zed Kraken, a powerful and influential magus.
In 2002, Iron Hammer Graphics published the single-issue comic Vecna: Hand of the Revenent. In 2005, the license passed to Devil's Due Productions. Starting in June of that year, Devil's Due began releasing official adaptations of D&D tie-in novels, starting with Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy.
As webcomics grew, many were created around the idea of D&D, some of them even going as far as publishing actual books. Amongst the more popular ones are Rich Burlew's The Order of the Stick and Tarol Hunts's Goblins. The game has also been seen in several FoxTrot comic strips over the years played by Jason and his best friend Marcus.
In 2010, IDW Publishing started publishing an ongoing Dungeons & Dragons comic based on the 4th Edition core setting. In 2011 they also plan to release a limited series based on the Dark Sun campaign setting, as well as another series, Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Tales, written by R.A. Salvatore and based on his famous D&D character, Drizzt Do'Urden.
Several board games have been sold either under the Dungeons & Dragons trademark or in association with it:
- Dungeon! (1975), a board game published by TSR, featured similar gameplay and genre tropes to D&D and was frequently advertised in D&D products.
- Dungeons & Dragons Computer Labyrinth Game (1980), the first computer/board game hybrid and the first D&D licensed game that contained digital electronics.
- Quest for the Dungeonmaster (1984)
- Dragons of Glory (1986)
- Dragon Lance (1988)
- Mertwig's Maze (1988) by Tom Wham
- The New Dungeon (1989)
- The New Dungeon Miniatures and Game Supplement (1989)
- Magestones (1990)
- Greyhawk Wars (1991)
- Dragon Quest (1992)
- The New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons (1991) This game is in a way an introduction to role-playing games, but is played as a board game. Three expansions were released for it: Dragon's Den, Haunted Tower, and Goblin's Lair.
- The Classic Dungeon (1992)
- DragonStrike (1993) used a simplified form of D&D and included an instructional video tape in which costumed actors, combined with computer-generated imagery, played the characters and monsters from the board game.
- First Quest (1994) was the name of the AD&D game that first featured an audio CD which included instructions and two quests that coincide with two of the four adventures in the included Adventure Book.
- Introduction to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1995), an introductory board version of the AD&D system via basic scenarios played with miniatures (plastic, included), and a campy/nifty CD for both ambiance and automated Dungeon Master instructions.
- Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Game (2000) Based upon the role-playing system D&D here we have a typical dungeon crawl game.
- Clue Dungeons & Dragons (2001) Standard Clue with a D&D fantasy theme and optional wandering monsters.
- Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game (2002) Cooperative dungeon crawl game in which a party of four heroes strives to complete adventures that the Dungeon Master puts before them (In the Style of HeroQuest). Two expansions have been released for this game:
- Eternal Winter (2004)
- Forbidden Forest (2005)
- Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game (2004 & 2006) A simplified version of the D&D role-playing game, designed as an introduction to role-playing, but is in essence a board game in the style of presentation.
- Castle Ravenloft Board Game (2010)
- Wrath of Ashardalon (2011)
- Conquest of Nerath (2011)
- The Legend of Drizzt Board Game (2011)
- Lords of Waterdeep (2012) A German-style board game
- Dungeon Command (2012)
- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons CD-ROM Core Rules (1996)—Collection of tools for players (ISBN 0-7869-0602-2)
- Core Rules CD-ROM 2.0 (1998)—Collection of tools for players (ISBN 0-7869-0793-2)
- Core Rules 2.0 EXPANSION (1999)—Updates for Core Rules CD-ROM 2.0 (ISBN 0-7869-1543-9)
- Dragon Magazine Archive (1999)—Collection of 257 magazines and newsletters (ISBN 0-7869-1448-3)
- Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas (1999)—Collection of editable maps of the Forgotten Realms world Toril (ISBN 0-7869-1451-3)
- Dungeons & Dragons Character Builder (2008)—4th Edition Character Generator released as part of the Dungeons & Dragons Insider initiative. The free version only lets characters of level 3 or less be created.
The first official soundtrack to Dungeons & Dragons was produced when Wizards of the Coast teamed up with Midnight Syndicate, producing the 24 track album Dungeons & Dragons. The album was released on August 12, 2003, and received positive reviews from both the gaming and music community.
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- Ebert, Roger (2002). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2003. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-2691-9.
- Nelson, Resa (March 9, 2006). "Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God". Sci Fi.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- Also known as: Dungeons & Dragons 2: The Elemental Might (IMDB)
- Warner Bros. Acquires Rights To Make ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie
- Eriq Gardner (May 14, 2013). "Hasbro Sues to Stop Warner Bros. 'Dungeons and Dragons' Film". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- "Dungeons & Dragons FAQ". Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- "Dungeons & Dragons". IDW Publishing. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- "Midnight Syndicate Makes D&D Music". Wizards of the Coast website. Wizards of the Coast. 2003-04-21. Retrieved 2007-07-04.