Dungeons and Dragons Inducted Into Toy Hall of Fame

We talk about toys a lot here on The Allspark and while a large bulk of what we post and discuss is Transformers related, there are so many interesting things that have had impact on us as collectors and fans. For me, gaming has always been a big part of that – and I’m not just talking about video games – which I love – but also board games and table top RPG games that bring people together for a night of fun, often times week after week for years.
As table top role playing games go, no game has had the impact on the hobby or our culture as much as the game that started it all – Dungeons and Dragons. It was with great joy today that I found out D&D would be inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. Though not the company that started it all – Wizards of the Coast, which is owned by Hasbro, has worked hard this past 15 years to breathe new life into the game. With the advent of Fifth Edition and the internet, more people are playing D&D than ever before. So let’s congratulate them
Below is the official press release with more information. And if you are still not sure if D&D is your thing, click the image to the left and pick up the Starter Set from Amazon for about 12 bucks and see for yourself.

It’s been 42 years in the making! Today, we’re excited to announce Dungeon & Dragons as a 2016 inductee to the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum for Play in Rochester, NY. Since it was first published in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons has inspired millions of gamers to create stories and adventures and it has brought people from all backgrounds together to share those experiences.
Director of D&D at Wizards of the Coast, Nathan Stewart, was in Rochester to accept the award and witness history, as D&D was officially inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. It is not just a proud moment for Wizards of the Coast, but also for parent company, Hasbro. John Frascotti, president of Hasbro Brands said, “Dungeons & Dragons embodies Hasbro’s goal of creating the world’s best play and entertainment experiences and we are extremely proud to see D&D be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame alongside many other brands in our portfolio like Twister, Candy Land, The Game of Life, Mr. Potato Head and the Easy-Bake Oven. D&D has enabled fans to create their own stories for more than 40 years and we look forward to continuing to inspire imaginations by providing amazing play experiences.”
These long time players and fans of the brand at Wizards of the Coast were elated by the nomination, noting:
“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, lead designer, Dungeons & Dragons
“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, game designer
“Dungeons & Dragons is not just a game – its legacy has been a part of our culture for generations. But perhaps its most important influence is 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 of imagination for years to come.”
Shelly Mazzanoble, associate brand manager, Wizards of the Coast
For more information on the 2016 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductee ceremony, please check out http://dnd.wizards.com/ or http://www.toyhalloffame.org/.
Check out these other great D&D products, including our recently reviewed Volo’s Guide to Monsters.