Forward this article to your high-school pal who used to DM all your Thursday-night gaming sessions: Dungeons & Dragons has made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame, housed at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.
The iconic fantasy role-playing game, once so controversial it was banned by schools, parents and even prisons, made the grade Thursday along with Fisher-Price's classic Little People figures, and a non-brand-name entrant, the simple backyard swing.
"More than any other game, Dungeons & Dragons paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play," the museum says in a press release. "It was groundbreaking. And it opened the door for other kinds of table games that borrow many of its unique mechanics."
More than 780 different toys were nominated for induction this year, so D&D must not have botched its charisma roll. It takes its place among 61 other hall inductees, including everything from branded products such as the Atari 2600 to is-this-really-a-toy items, such as the stick. Take that, neighbor Todd's mom, who thought it was a tool of the devil.