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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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Planescape: Torment is a role-playing video game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and released on December 12, 1999 by Interplay Entertainment. It takes place in Planescape, an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) fantasy campaign setting. The game's engine is a modified version of the Infinity Engine, which was also used for BioWare's Baldur's Gate, a previous AD&D game set in the Forgotten Realms.

Planescape: Torment is primarily story-driven; combat is given less prominence than in most contemporary role-playing games. The protagonist, an immortal who has lost his name, lived many lives, and forgotten them. The game focuses on The Nameless One's journey throughout the city of Sigil and other planes to reclaim his memories of these previous lives. Several characters in the game may join The Nameless One on his journey, most of whom have encountered him in the past.

The game was not a significant commercial success but received widespread critical praise and has since become a cult classic. It was lauded for its immersive dialog, for the dark and relatively obscure Planescape setting, and for the protagonist's unique persona, which shirked many characteristics of traditional role-playing games. It was considered by many video game journalists to be the best role-playing game (RPG) of 1999, and continues to receive attention long after its release.

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Against the Giants (module code G1-2-3) is an adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, published by TSR in 1981. It combines the contents of three earlier modules: G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief, G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl, G3 Hall of the Fire Giant King. The "G" in the module code represents the first letter in the word "giant".

The 1981 version was produced for use with the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. To recognize the 25th anniversary of TSR, an updated version, Against the Giants: The Liberation of Geoff, was released in 1999. Also in 1999, Wizards of the Coast published Against the Giants, a novelization of the adventure by Ru Emerson.

The original three modules play as a classic dungeon crawl, against giants under an external influence. The focus is on hill giants, frost giants and fire giants, three of the original evil giant types used in the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.

The original "G" series modules formed the lead-in to an overall campaign set in the World of Greyhawk that then continued on an odyssey into the Underdark. These adventures included the "Drow" series of modules, D1 - Descent into the Depths of the Earth, D2 - Shrine of the Kuo-Toa, and D3 - Vault of the Drow. (D1 and D2 were later compiled into a single adventure, D1-2 - Descent into the Depths of the Earth). The campaign finally culminated with module Q1 - Queen of the Demonweb Pits.

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