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The History of Dungeons & Dragons in Video Games, Part One

Stew Shearer | 13 Sep 2014 12:00
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I am a relative newcomer to Dungeons & Dragons. Tabletop gaming as a whole, in fact, is something that's been a fairly recent addition to my library of leisure activities. That said, I'm generally not the type that likes things casually and I've had a hankering to learn more about D&D pretty much since the roll of my first d20. Seeing as I also have an interest in retro video games, I decided to combine the two into an exploration of Dungeons & Dragons history in video games.

Now, before we get started, I should explain a few details. Firstly, this only covers licensed Dungeons & Dragons video games. While I do include a few of the earliest attempts by developers to translate it into digital media, I was more interested in looking in games bearing the official D&D brand stamp. Finally, because of the length of this history, I'm splitting it up over two weeks. This first article will cover the time period from 1975 up until the rough end of SSI's long and vaunted run with the property. I'll return next week to continue from that point on to the present day.

Now, with no further ado, here's the history (part one) of D&D in video games. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

-Stew

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