Inside the 40 Year-Long Dungeons & Dragons Game | Obsessed | WIRED

Remember that game of Dungeons & Dragons you started when you were 11? What if it never stopped? Robert Wardhaugh has been the Dungeon Master for a D&D campaign that’s been going on for over 40 years. In his game, once you start playing…you keep playing.

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470 Comments

  1. Hes too controlling and self centered. I wouldn't want to play with him.

  2. Lol my one thing is I bring my own figure and nobody touches it but me 😂 me and this dude prob wouldn’t get along, seems like a rules lawyer

  3. You know this guy doesn't have a girlfriend.

  4. dude looks like he has cornrows in the thumbnail

  5. When I played DND back in the early 80's, the lead figures were just kind of for fun. You didn't actually do anything with them, as there isn't a board or anything that DND is played on. This looks more like an improvised/configurable board game. Are these just imagination aids or has the game changed that dramatically? This video story focuses a lot on the paraphernalia, probably because that is the visually interesting part. However, one could play DND with nothing more than a dungeon, some character sheets, a set of dice and (optional but ideally) a DM's guide (most of the DM instructions are going to be found in the dungeon paperwork anyway, but creative character players will typically come up with something that requires a bit of research).
    Right?
    Again, part of what is so interesting about this is how much the game has evolved. Or has it?

  6. Lol! Only 20,000 hours in 40 years? Those are absolute rookie numbers for a Monster Hunter player.

  7. He needs to partner up with a game developer and turn it Into a playable multiple choice story where there are a near unlimited different choices and everyone has a different experience and can have multiplayer servers for people playing together to have a shared experience

  8. I'm 52… Loved this game. This is what Pokemon is modeled after

  9. And this is who is teaching our children to be a responsible human being

  10. Our current GURPS campaign started in 1992, but we have lives so we don't meet all that often.

  11. I bet your boyfriend is very proud. Well done.

  12. May this man get the help he so desperately needs.

  13. "But… i have been with you guys for 40 years…" – "Sry.. your dead. you're gone"

  14. I aspire to be this. So many campaigns. So many stories.

    3 years into building my world, 2 years of playing in it.

    We continue on.

  15. The longest running game of Dungeons & Dragons is Dave Arneson’s game Blackmoor…. running since roughly 1969, it was continued with Bob Meyer After his death

  16. Why can't my history teacher be someone like this

  17. John 3:16-21
    (16)For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17)For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18)He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    (19)And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20)For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21)But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

  18. So….. When do we get local chapters of people like this?

  19. and they are just finally done creating their characters….

  20. More lore than MCU. Good thing he's been recording it all.

  21. HAH. AND EIICHIRO ODA THOUGHT HE WAS THE GOAT. WRONG.

  22. "Best dnd campaign in the world"
    Lol okay. Duration ≠ quality.

    Simpsons has been running for 30 years but it's been garbage for the last 20. Even Critical Role is better than this old man's campaign

  23. Tiamat always on the background…

  24. That campaign definitely has expansions every 2 years and to play it the player's pay $10, but bring your own snacks lol

  25. Several thoughts. 1)Dead character? So long Bill. It was nice gaming with you these past twenty years. Maybe our paths will cross again someday, like at the supermarket or something. You know the way out. See ya. 2) Daughter's ex-boyfriend? Wonder how often he has to make saving throws? 3) If it's that good, he should probably find a way to monetize his old content.

  26. Can you imagine coming over to play a game and the guy who invited you across the country is like.. nah.. I’ll
    Roll and move the pieces for you. It’s against the rules for you to touch them. Wtf lol. Goof.

  27. I can’t imagine that is fun for a player to sit around a table and wait for all those people to take their turn. I’m in a group of 5 players and some times it takes 30 minutes for everyone to decide what they’re going to do in real difficulty situations…

  28. I'm a 40yo rpg and bg player but…maybe this is a little too much. XD I said maybe, because the part about "friends" it is so true and deep that it breaks my heart. Respect.

  29. I've never played in a GOOD D&D campaign that used figurines.

  30. When does EPIC GAMES contact him and help him make this a MMORPG?

  31. There's no assumption that we stop playing games. Just like in your game there are thousands of subplots, there are thousands of little games being played all the time be everyone.

    Life is just a game.

  32. I have never played D&D but if I created a character and modelled it after Robert Wardaugh
    the creator could live on past THIS life. eh not a bad idea eh?

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