In Pictures: Dungeons & Dragons at 40 - A history

An overview of the first tabletop RPG and a look back at its four decades of life.

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Early years Through a host of different editions, D&D amassed a player base of more than 3 million worldwide by 1981, according to what was then Inc. Magazine, and Gygax’s Tactical Studies Rules company made hefty profits for years through sales of rulebooks and scenarios. He split with co-founder Dave Arneson in 1985, however, leaving the company over a dispute about royalties.

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