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Dungeons & Dragons

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Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game is currently published by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro. It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of the Chainmail game serving as the initial rule system. D&D's publication is widely regarded as the beginning of modern role-playing games and, by extension, the entire role-playing game industry.

As of 2006, Dungeons & Dragons remains the best-known and best-selling role-playing game, with an estimated 20 million people having played the game and more than US$1 billion in book and equipment sales. Dungeons & Dragons is known beyond the game for other D&D-branded products (such as the popular video games Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate, as well as an animated TV series), references in popular culture and some of the controversies that have surrounded it, particularly a moral panic in the 1980s falsely linking it to Satanism and suicide.

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Dungeons & Dragons is a studio album by Midnight Syndicate, released August 12, 2003 by Entity Productions. The album is designed as a soundtrack to the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and was produced by Midnight Syndicate at the request of Wizards of the Coast, the company which owns the rights to the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Midnight Syndicate were approached by game designers at a gaming convention where they had set up stall, and they agreed to produce the album.

After an initial meeting with Wizards of the Coast, the two members of Midnight Syndicate—Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka—were left to write and produce the album themselves. They went their separate ways and produced tracks independently of one another, but came back together to arrange the album and master the tracks. The album was a change in style for Midnight Syndicate because it was mostly based around a fantasy feel, whereas their earlier works had been almost entirely horror-based. Artwork within the album booklet came from Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks including works from prominent game designers such as Skip Williams. The album was well received by Wizards of the Coast with positive reviews from music critics and the gaming community. It is reputedly the only official Dungeons & Dragons soundtrack.

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Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game and was written by Gary Gygax. The 32-page adventure bears the code S3 ("S" for "special") While Dungeons & Dragons is typically a fantasy game, the adventure includes elements of science fiction and science fantasy. It takes place on a downed spaceship; the ship's crew has died of an unspecified disease, but functioning robots and strange creatures still inhabit the ship. The player characters fight monsters and robots, and gather futuristic weapons and colored access cards necessary for advancing the story.

Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was first played at the Origins II convention in 1976 where it was used to introduce Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) gamers to the science fiction game Metamorphosis Alpha. In 1980, TSR updated the adventure for first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules and published it. The adventure was never updated for any later rules systems, but a Wizards.com article did provide a conversion to Future Tech. It included a separate booklet of illustrations, some of which were in color. The adventure is an old time favorite of many Dungeons & Dragons fans, including Stephen Colbert. It was ranked the fifth best Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon magazine in 2004, and received positive reviews from White Dwarf and The Space Gamer magazines. The other adventures in the S series include Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, and Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.

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Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, at Gen Con Indy 2007
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The Dungeons & Dragon WikiProject collaborates on improving all D&D-related articles on Wikipedia. WikiProject Role-Playing Games, its parent project, has a larger scope and covers all role-playing games. The Video games project also has a task force dedicated to Dungeons & Dragons-related video games.

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