44 Years ago the Fantasy began and Dungeons and Dragons is still going strong!!
Do you still have your Original D&D Boxed set???
Original D&D Boxed Set Game (1974 to 1979)
It’s hard to say that Dungeons and Dragons got off to a spectacular start. By today’s standards, the original box was amateurish and almost needlessly convoluted. Nonetheless, it would go on to become a classic.
The original box set was really just a collection of three pamphlets. It was assumed that anyone playing the game was already familiar with miniature war gaming, and most copies were sold to college students in wargaming societies. The first two years saw about four thousand copies sold.
By 1975, Dungeons and Dragons was already growing. It had a number of supplementary settings, including Greyhawk and Blackmoor, and went back to the printers several times for minor updates.
1977 saw the release of the Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set, which would clean up the rules and make the game a little more suitable for the general public. It was this version of the original game that would actually go on to become a legitimate hit in the gaming world.
It’s important to note that a huge component of the success of the Basic Set was in the packaging. Because everything came in a box, it could be stocked in toy stores. This helped to spread play of the game to younger players and those who couldn’t find specialized game stores.