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Dungeons & Dragons inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Flames

Dungeons & Dragons was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum for Play.

First published in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons has inspired many millions of gamers to create stories and adventures and has brought people together from all backgrounds to share those experiences. We are extremely proud D&D has been recognized by the Strong Museum, and we owe what the game is today to you, our fans. As stewards of D&D, we will continue to make great entertainment to inspire your creativity.

Nathan Stewart, Senior Director of D&D at Wizards of the Coast, was on hand in Rochester, NY to witness the induction ceremony and speak on behalf of Dungeons & Dragons. D&D means so much to so many people, but it is especially important to young people as they learn and grow.

Some of the team at Wizards of the Coast also took some time to express how D&D helped improve their lives and the lives of those around them:

D&D has become a rite of passage for children of a creative temperament. It’s incredible to think that what started as the marriage of tabletop wargames and pulp fantasy novels has become the iconic storytelling pastime for multiple generations.
—Mike Mearls

Perhaps the greatest innovation of Dungeons & Dragons is that it provides a way to play pretend with rules. I think when older kids and adults discover the game, they tap into a style of play from early childhood that they’ve forgotten. The game unleashes the individual imagination of each player while, at the same time, it draws them together to tell a story. You can discover a lot about yourself and each other in a very short time and in a fun way. Friendships that last a lifetime frequently form while playing Dungeons & Dragons.
—Matt Sernett

Dungeons & Dragons is not just a game. It’s a legacy. It’s a pop culture phenomenon. It’s a rite of passage for an entire generation. But perhaps its most important influences are with the positive impact it has made on children and adults in the form of enhanced social, math, analytical, reading, writing, and creative skills and friendships that have lasted for decades. It is an honor to be part of a team that continues to fuel an inextinguishable spark for the imagination for years to come.
—Shelly Mazzanoble

Dungeons & Dragons inspires me to be the person that I dream I can be, and brings me great joy in that I can help other players to also find that same inspiration for themselves.
—Christopher Lindsay

About The Strong Museum:
The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. For more information visit: Toyhalloffame.org.

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