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Back in the 1980s, Dungeons & Dragons enjoyed a short period of cultural significance that saw it featured in the movie E.T., its Saturday morning cartoon, and also a moral panic. In a spin no science fiction author saw coming D&D has enjoyed a return to popularity in recent years as a result of Essential Role, The Adventure Zone, Stranger Things, a new edition of the rules which does not suck, and a flourishing fan art community whose influence likely is not as known as it should be.
It is a trend that is not slowing down, as writer Wizards of the Coast has announced, announcing that 2020 was”the best year ever” for D&D. The tabletop RPG enjoyed its seventh successive year of growth, with sales up 33% , more pre-orders for rules supplement Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything than any previous book, and countless downloads of this free material made available via the Stay at Home, Play in Home initiative.
D&D’s plans for 2021 comprise the fast-paced co-op videogame Dark Alliance coming to PC on June 22, a pair of Magic: The Gathering crossover cards on July 16, and a return of this D&D Live and D&D Celebration occasions. The most recent nutritional details gothic horror setting Ravenloft, and also two more classic settings are scheduled to return (fingers crossed for Planescape).
Even though it’s probably a couple of decades off, Wizards of the Coast also notes ,”a film set in the Forgotten Realms starring Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, Rege-Jean Page, Michelle Rodriguez, Sophia Lillis, and Justice Smith is in production.”