Dungeons & Dragons

Publication Dates of All D&D Editions

A few years ago I published a similar image on my blog, Dyvers, but since that time two major events have happened. First, Dungeons & Dragons 5e was successfully launched. At the time of this writing D&D 5e appears to be the most commercially successful version of the game ever published – which is an impressive feat. It also stands as the longest, continuous publication of an edition by Wizards of the Coast coming in at 7 years.

The second event that prompted me to update the edition timeline was the emergent D&D 5.5. This new edition hasn’t officially been announced as of this post’s publication; however, we can see signs that it is developing. We’re seeing a fundamental changing of the nomenclature used for the game. We’re also seeing a new style of play emerging in recent supplements such as Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. These sorts of revisions to the game are reminiscent of those found in the Player’s Option books for AD&D 2e and the overall relaunch of Third Edition with the 3.5 revision.

Anyway, I made the above jpeg so that it could be easily saved and searched for publication years without having to scrounge through all the books you’ve got laying about. I hope you all enjoy it.

2 thoughts on “Publication Dates of All D&D Editions”

  1. Apologies but I don’t actually play/purchase 5E product, so I haven’t been keeping up on recent trends: just what is this “new style of play” emerging in supplements like Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything? I haven’t read that particular book (or any 5E supplemental materials), and I’m curious to know more.

    Thanks!

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    1. It’s changes in the nomenclature for what things are, an encouragement towards a different style of play that’s more similar to what you see on streaming platforms, and a bunch of different small changes to how things are done. Often times it’s simplification of process more so than a reinvention.

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