Dungeons & Dragons was the original version
of E. Gary Gygax
's role-playing game
. Based on fantasy
novels, it allowed the player to define their character along several attributes
, and pick a race
, and alignment
. D&D is a pretty basic
and simplified version
of the rules; it is intended to introduce
the player to the game (and then they can get into AD&D
To play the game, you need: someone willing to be the Dungeon Master, who runs the game; some other people who want to play; paper; pencils; dice; and a rulebook (I own a booklet with the D&D rules from 1979.). Little miniature figures are nice, but not necessary.
cardinal has a friend with an original, mimeographed copy of the rules, with a cover letter from "Gary" asking him to play test his new game.
See also: D&D, D&D races, D&D abilities, D&D alignments, D&D classes, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D
Information taken from "Dungeons & Dragons," 1979, published by TSR Hobbies, Inc..