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The characters form a party that interacts with the setting’s inhabitants, and each other. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, and gather treasure and knowledge. 2nd Edition was published in 1989. 4th edition in June 2008. A 5th edition was released during the second half of 2014. 1 billion in book and equipment sales.
The game has won multiple awards and has been translated into many languages beyond the original English. It is normally played indoors with the participants seated around a tabletop. Typically, each player controls only a single character, which represents an individual in a fictional setting. During the course of play, each player directs the actions of their character and their interactions with other characters in the game. This activity is performed through the verbal impersonation of the characters by the players, while employing a variety of social and other useful cognitive skills, such as logic, basic mathematics and imagination. DM’s interpretation of those rules.
DM to make these decisions. Many players also use miniature figures on a grid map as a visual aid, particularly during combat. Some editions of the game presume such usage. These are abbreviated by a ‘d’ followed by the number of sides. Shown counter-clockwise from the bottom are: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12 and d20 dice. A pair of d10 can be used together to represent percentile dice, or d100.
Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. Each edition of the game has offered differing methods of determining these statistics. During the game, players describe their PC’s intended actions, such as punching an opponent or picking a lock, and converse with the DM, who then describes the result or response. Trivial actions, such as picking up a letter or opening an unlocked door, are usually automatically successful. The outcomes of more complex or risky actions are determined by rolling dice. Factors contributing to the outcome include the character’s ability scores, skills and the difficulty of the task. In this case the odds of success are influenced by the character’s class, levels and ability scores.
As the game is played, each PC changes over time and generally increases in capability. XP can be lost in some circumstances, such as encounters with creatures that drain life energy, or by use of certain magical powers that come with an XP cost. They can be temporarily lost when a character sustains wounds in combat or otherwise comes to harm, and loss of HP is the most common way for a character to die in the game. When a PC dies, it is often possible for the dead character to be resurrected through magic, although some penalties may be imposed as a result. If resurrection is not possible or not desired, the player may instead create a new PC to resume playing the game. Published adventures typically include a background story, illustrations, maps and goals for PCs to achieve.
Some include location descriptions and handouts. Alternatively, DMs may develop their own fictional worlds to use as campaign settings. The grid mat underneath uses one-inch squares. By the publication of the 1977 game editions, combat was mostly resolved verbally. Thus miniatures were no longer required for game play, although some players continued to use them as a visual reference.