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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary 218

disconj writes "With the 40th anniversary of the release of Dungeons & Dragons coming up this weekend, the Internet is ablaze with reflections on its legacy. Dave Ewalt gives an intro for the uninitiated. Ethan Gilsdorf explains how 'all I need to know about life I learned from Dungeons & Dragons'. Finally, Jon Peterson presents a video show-and-tell of rare artifacts from D&D's development." The real question is how many characters have you lost in Tomb of Horrors?
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

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  • by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Wednesday January 22, 2014 @11:11PM (#46042657)

    You fail your morale check and can't post this round.

  • Re:Roll... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Sponge Bath ( 413667 ) on Wednesday January 22, 2014 @11:14PM (#46042681)
    My magic die of irrationality came up pi.
  • by xymog ( 59935 ) on Wednesday January 22, 2014 @11:26PM (#46042755)
    A: All of them!
  • Re:Rogue (Score:5, Funny)

    by SQLGuru ( 980662 ) on Wednesday January 22, 2014 @11:41PM (#46042805) Journal

    Who? My faithful dog WandTester? He was least until I found a Wand of Death.

  • Re:Roll... (Score:5, Funny)

    by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @12:01AM (#46042897)

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what a human of intelligence 4 looks like.

  • Party Time! (Score:5, Funny)

    by laejoh ( 648921 ) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @03:06AM (#46043605)
    I put on my robe and wizard's hat!
  • by Loki_1929 ( 550940 ) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @03:14AM (#46043647) Journal

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    bloodninja: King Arthur congratulates me for destroying Dr. Robotnik's evil army of Robot Socialist Republics. The cold war ends. Reagan steals my accomplishments and makes like it was cause of him.
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    bloodninja: Baby?
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  • Re:When?! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Thanshin ( 1188877 ) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @04:04AM (#46043835)

    I banged Magnys Carter the Barmaid/Whore in the ass, [...] Then you were born. I am your father.

    You seem to have a fundamental misconception about certain key points on human reproduction. Or elementary anatomy. Or both.

  • by Nyder ( 754090 ) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @10:26AM (#46045583) Journal

    You may have forgotten how the first edition did have spec for all the major devils and demons.
    That's what freaked out short-sighted people. To them, it wasn't about how you were going to kick demon/devil butt, as much as the horror of seeing kids throwing scary names around.

    When Harry Potter came out, an otherwise very smart engineer, who spent too much time in church, told me that they had a discussion about the books and their influence on children. They had a witchcraft specialist (I think he said a witch) comment on how the spells JKR wrote down were too close to the real magic and children shouldn't be familiar with them or run around casting them at each other.
    I honestly wish I was making this up.

    So yeah, the bad rep of the game was because some people get scared at the mere mention of some dark elements of their religious mythos.

    Ya, I was given a D&D set when I was like 13 back in the 80's and got it taken away when the church told my parents it was "of the devil".

    Oddly enough, a couple years later I got a nice new wave hair cut with a tail, and my step mom cut off the tail because it was "of the devil".

    I like this devil dude, he sounds like my kind of guy.

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