Dungeons & Dragons, the role-playing game that's entertained fans for 42 years, and sparked the occasional moral panic, was inducted this week into the National Toy Hall of Fame. It was joined by the swing and Fisher-Price's Little People.
The three were selected from among 12 nominees, which also included bubble wrap, Care Bears, Clue, coloring book, Nerf, pinball, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Transformers and Uno.
"More than any other game, Dungeons & Dragons paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play,” curator Nic Ricketts said in statement. “It was groundbreaking. And it opened the door for other kinds of table games that borrow many of its unique mechanics. But most importantly, Dungeons & Dragons’ mechanics lent themselves to computer applications, and it had a direct impact on hugely successful electronic games like World of Warcraft.”
Established in 1998 at The Strong national museum of play in Rochester, New York, the National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes "toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period." Although anyone can nominate a toy, each year's inductees are selected with the advice of historians, educators and others.
Previous inductees include "Star Wars" action figures, Silly Putty, LEGO, jump rope, checkers and the Nintendo Game Boy. The Strong also houses a National Video Game Hall of Fame, which earlier this year inducted "The Legend of Zelda," "Sonice the Hedgehog" and "The Sims," among others.