Dungeons and Dragons is pretty much the epitome of “If you know, you know”.
And now you know that Dungeons and Dragons was invented on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
The fantasy role-playing game originated in Lake Geneva by Gary Gygax Early to mid 1970s. Gygax was originally from Chicago before his parents moved him to Wisconsin after getting into fights with rival gangs in north Chicago. They would eventually settle on Lake Geneva, and that’s where Gygax discovered his love for games and fantasy fiction.
He eventually found other like-minded people and the group invented this live RPG that they would play for hours. Gygax’s wife even thought he was cheating on her. When she confronted him in his friend’s basement, she found her sitting around a table with the game spread out in front of him.
In 1973, Gygax and another friend each invested $ 1,000 to produce and distribute the first Dungeons and Dragons game, and it has grown in popularity since then.
It took a bit of heat in the ’80s during the Satanic Panic, but it seems like cooler heads caught on and the only stigma it combats these days is the idiot stigma it is likely to shed in the next decade .
Three months ago, I really didn’t know anything about Dungeons and Dragons other than what is usually stereotyped on TV shows and other media. In other words, it was for fools.
The first time I really saw it as something cool was in the Freaks and Geeks series finale, which if you haven’t seen it before, you should. It’s a television show about a 1980s high school outcast. The freaks or the burnouts, the bad crew and the geeks.
The geeks play Dungeons and Dragons throughout the series and it all comes together with the freaks and the geeks who break bread during a game.
Then another great show community turned an entire episode into a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Funny fact. This episode can no longer be found on Netflix because Ken Jeong wears “blackface” when he dresses up as an elf. It’s very stupid. Pulling the episode, not the episode itself.
Then when a friend of mine said he knew someone who was interested in Dungeons and Dragons and they wanted to start a beginner game to get new people into the game, I knew I had to try.
I’ve only played two games. I’m currently a centaur named Jim who is also a stand-up comedian / substitute teacher when he’s not on quests. He’s made several mistakes, all of which the clan didn’t appreciate, but he’s getting better and better.
It’s an absolute blast and I thank the late Gary Gygax for giving birth to it.
Seriously, if you are interested in the game ask around. It is literally one of the most hospitable communities I have come across and I love it when people ask about it.
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