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  Dungeons & Dragons  
First appearance: "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" — Owned by: RPG fans — Used by: RPG enthusiasts
Purpose: Role playing game— Made by: Wizards of The Coast



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I won Dungeons & Dragons and it was advanced!
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Pierce Hawthorne

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Dungeons & Dragons ™ is a popular role playing fantasy adventure game first published in 1974 by TSR, Inc. It was developed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and later acquired by Wizards of The Coast. It was partially based off a combination of old simulation miniature war games and another Gygax creation called "Chainmail". It has remained a popular game since its inception and its influence can be seen in other games and in pop culture in general. The game's first appearance on "Community" was in the Season Two episode "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".

HistoryEdit

Season TwoEdit


So you guys just suddenly decided to play Dungeons & Dragons?

Neil

"Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"


The Study Group plays a high stakes game of Dungeons & Dragons to save the life of a fellow student. Their plans go awry when an uninvited Pierce decides to disrupt the activity and steps into the role as villain of the game.



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The land of Greendale


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ADVENTURE LOG SHEET

Game session date
Campaign
Dungeon Master
February 3, 2011
"The Cavern of Draconis"
Abed Nadir

Characters

HEROPlayers
Name Species Class

Duquesne

Human (Male)

Paladin

Marrrrrr

Human (Male)

Rogue

Lavernica

Human (Female)

Warrior

Hector the Well Endowed

Human (Male)

Fighter

Bing Bong the archer

Human (Male)

Ranger

Zippadeedoo

Dwarf (Male) Warrior

Brutalitops the magician

Drow (male) Wizard
SKULLEnemies


FriendsAllies
  • Kyle the Gnome: A Tavern waiter
  • The Elf Maiden: A Pegasi Ranch owner
  • Draconis: An appreciative Dragon

SCROLLThe quest


Marrrrrr formed a party to embark on a quest for Draconis' treasure. He had hoped it would help rouse Duquesne from his recent depression related to an insulting moniker bestowed upon him by his peers. As their adventure began the party was beset by six goblins and Lavernica was injured in the opening assault. Marrrrrr threw a knife which did minimal damage to one of the attackers. Duquesne successfully used the Sword of Duquesne to vanquish several goblins at once which caused the rest to flee. A naked Pierce Hawthorne then suddenly made an appearance. Duquesne gave him his Elven Cloak of Wind Walking for protection from the elements. Pierce seized the opportunity and stole the Sword of Duquesne. Brutalitops tried to recover it but Pierce used the sword to decapitate the magician. Aided by the Elven cloak he received, Pierce fled from the scene with Duquesne's weapon. In a show of disrespect Pierce defiled the sword several times. The party abandoned the Draconis quest and sought to reclaim the honored sword for their friend. They journeyed in search of a town where they could acquire transportation fast enough to catch Pierce. After they arrived in the Elf village of Engold, Lavernica talked with a gnome waiter at a local tavern. He informed them of a nearby Pegasi ranch which had what they were looking for. When the party got there an Elf maiden greeted them and began to flirt with Marrrrrr. He rebuffed her advances and Hector had to step in to negotiate for the Pegasi. After Hector and the Elf Maiden satisfyingly and thoroughly consummated their deal, the party recieved a flock of Pegasi. As they flew in search of Pierce they spotted a cloak covered body clutching a sword in a forest clearing. They investigated and found it to be the Sword of Duquesne which Marrrrrr gave back to Duquesne. Lavernica recognized the body to be that of the gnome waiter she talked to, Kyle. After the gnome died the dragon Draconis revealed his presence. On top of his head was Pierce who managed to find an amulet able to control the creature. Before Marrrrrr could attack, Pierce had Draconis use a Time stop spell to freeze everyone in place. Pierce taunted the party and used a shape changing spell on Duquesne to make him overweight. Pierce then revealed to Duquesne how Marrrrrr had coined the nickname which was the source of his current melancholy. Instead of anger, Duquesne felt genuine pity not for himself or Marrrrrr but for Pierce whose heinous actions made him look pathetic. The other party members agreed which annoyed Pierce enough to unfreeze them. At the exact moment he was freed, Duquesne threw his sword at the amulet around Pierces neck. His aim was true and the target was destroyed which freed Draconis. The dragon immediately devoured Pierce for his impertinence. In a show of gratitude Draconis flew the party back to his cavern and bestowed upon them his hoard of treasure.

Additional Notes

BACKPACK edited-1Items used
COMPASSLocations visited
CRYSTAL BALLMagic spells used

Throwing knife
The Sword of Duquesne
Elven Cloak of Wind Walking
The Amulet of Draconis

Forest
Village of Engold
Tavern
Pegasi Ranch
Forest clearing
Cavern of Draconis

Time stop
Shape change

TREASURE CHESTLoot
The Treasure of Draconis

Season FiveEdit


So, dad...I'm curious, what is it about Dungeons & Dragons that lept out at you at age sixty?

Hank Hickey

"Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"


When the Save Greendale Committee and Dean Pelton learn about Buzz Hickey estrangement from his RPG obsessed son Hank, they decide to unite them through a game of Dungeons & Dragons. However, the reunion doesn't go as planned when Hank changes the rules causing loyalties to be tested and alliances broken.



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The Black Tower of The Necromancer


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ADVENTURE LOG SHEET

Game session date
Campaign
Dungeon Master
March 20, 2014
"The Tower of the Necromancer"
Abed Nadir

Characters

HEROTiny Nuggins' Party
Name Species Class

Tiny Nuggins

Halfling (Male)

Thief

Sir Riggs Diehard

Human (Male)

Knight

Hector the Well Endowed

Human (Male)

Fighter

Cruton

Half Orc (Male) Druid
HEROTristram Steelheart's Party
Name Species Class
Tristram Steelheart

Human(Male)

Cleric

Fibrosis

Human (Female)

Ranger

Joseph Gordan Diehard

Human (Male)

Knight

Dingleberry

Troll (male) Barbarian
SKULLEnemies
FriendsAllies
  • Skyspiders: Friendly arachnids
  • Golback: Hobgoblin (tricked)
  • Glenn: Hobgoblin (tricked)

SCROLLThe quest


The quest began with eight heroes gathering on a rope bridge to free the land of Galindor from the evil Necromancer's control. Discord occurred when Tristram Steelheart refused to work alongside Tiny Nuggins with whom he had a long standing grudge with. Hector the Well Endowed intervened and physically tried to get Tristram to join them. In response Tristram cast a Torvan's Flesh of Fire spell which forced Hector to let Tristram go. The flames spread to the rope bridge which set it aflame. The bridge collapsed and the party plummeted into the Skull River below them. The heroes ended up separated into two groups: Sir Joseph Diehard, Hector and Cruton the Druid ended up with Tiny Nuggins; Fibrosis, Dingleberry and Joseph Gordan Diehard ended up with Tristram. Tiny Nuggins and his party washed ashore near a jungle where the thief recklessly ran into a gang of Hobgoblins. Nuggins attacked but it proved ineffectual; Cruton cast an Entangle spell to defend his teammate and managed to ensnare four of the Hobgoblins. Although the other hobgoblins fled they managed to shoot Cruton before leaving and he died. At the same time, Tristram's party ended up North of the others scaling the Cliffs of Hawthorne. Tristram earned his group's trust after he healed Fibrosis and managed to tame a cluster of Sky Spider's who almost attacked them. After finally embracing teamwork, Tiny Nuggins led his remaining party on an assault of a Hobgoblin encampment. They killed most of them saving two for an interrogation where Nuggins learned the location of The Necromancer's Black Tower. Elsewhere, Tristram inspired his party when he sang a battle hymn while they were flown by the Sky Spiders in the direction of the Black Tower. Secretly, Joseph Diehard sent several messages to his father via a sparrow until one finally got through. After reading his son's missive, Riggs rubbed his half of the Blade of Diehard and a beacon of light showed where the other half of the sword was being held by Joseph. The two teams realized they were close and would be arriving at the Necromancer's lair soon. The reunion proved to be tension filled as the two groups approached each other warily. Tristam's team demanded he should have the right to kill the Necromancer while Nuggin's team claimed he deserved the honor. Joseph Gordan recklessly ran towards his father who had his sword drawn and was accidentally impaled and killed. His death ignited a fight to the death between the two teams. Once the long and bloody battle was over, only Tristram and Nuggins were left alive. The two fought and argued up to the top floor of the Black Tower where they learned that the Necromancer managed to escape. The pair reluctantly declared a truce and decided to team up to search for the Necromancer.

Additional Notes

BACKPACK edited-1Items used
COMPASSLocations visited
CRYSTAL BALLMagic spells used

The Blade of Diehard
Messenger Sparrows

Galindor
Bridge
Jungle
Cliffs of Hawthorne
The Black Tower of the Necromaner

Torvan's Flesh of Fire
Entangle
Speak with Monsters
Lightning bolt

TREASURE CHESTLoot
Various potions found in the lab of The Necromancer

TriviaEdit

VideoEdit

As promotion for the first Dungeons & Dragons themed episode a web exclusive video was released by NBC on Community's official website.

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Community - Dungeons & Dragons

InspirationEdit


So I always wanted to do a Dungeons & Dragons episode. I knew that we had predecessors there. I knew that The IT Crowd did one. I knew that Freaks And Geeks did one. I saw that what all those had in common was, number one, they bounced back and forth from the actual game to other stories, and also that the joke, the conceit was that it’s a nerdy game, and that’s the whole point. I wanted to just fade into the group playing the game, and how do you tell a story that way? That was another case of the writers blowing my socks off, because I gave them a Rubik’s cube of a quandary. I said, “Make a game of Dungeons & Dragons".

Dan Harmon, AV Club Interview

Community creator Dan Harmon is an avid "Dungeons & Dragons" player having played the game since he was a child. In an interview with the A.V. Club he described the difficulties he had convincing his bosses at NBC and Sony about going forward with the first D&D themed episode:


They [NBC and Sony] were so upset about the crime of this episode having been written. The note session as a whole was preceded by a 45-minute period of them walking around the lot whispering to each other. They told me they would come up to my office and meet me privately. When they came up, I had the director and all of the writers in the office with me, because I was terrified.

While he was disheartened at how poorly it was received by the studio he was extremely proud of the work he and his staff produced. One of his first ideas when returning as showrunner for Community in Season Five was to do a second D&D themed episode.

On Harmon's podcast "Harmontown" he ends each show playing a session of the game with his guests. The Dungeon Master used in those games is his friend Spencer Crittenden. Spencer worked on Community Season Five as a production assistant and also appeared onscreen as Annie's brother Anthony Edison.



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Artwork promoting the D&D portion of the podcast "Harmon Town"

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