The never-ending game of Dungeons & Dragons

In 1982, when he was only 14 years old, Robert Wardhaugh sat down to play a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Thirty-five years later, that same game is still going strong. Based out of Wardhaugh’s basement in London, Canada, people from all around the country gather each week to join in the decades-long campaign. And with over 20,000 figurines and dozens of terrains, Wardhaugh keeps the game fresh and exciting, adding to the everlasting adventure.

This is amazing. A little weird maybe but the commitment is still amazing.

  • rick gregory

    I think he hits on it around the 2:30 mark – it’s not really about the game, its about the friendships.

    • Oh, absolutely. I played in a two year long game in Halifax. I looked forward more to seeing the friends than playing the game.

      • brucej

        We used to split our game days in two, get together play for a while, break to make a big meal together, then play for several hours after dinner.

        I”m also in a couple of PBEM games that have gone on for years, in various incarnations. One D&D campaign lasted from 2001 to 2011.

    • Mo

      Agreed, but I discovered another element that branched me off to another pastime: for me, it also became about the character-acting.

    • Kip Beatty

      Right, it only sounds weird in the context of “Dungeons and Dragons game for 35 years”. However, the shot of them all all the back porch, shooting the shit, drinking a cold one…

      Isn’t that basically what we all do? The game, like a sports event, is just the excuse to get them all together.

      That said, I didn’t notice a wife or family 😉

      • rick gregory

        Games (D&D or video) are for some people the ‘get together on Sunday, make some nachos, pop some beers and watch the game’ – esp for geeks, but increasingly for a lot of different types. Video games do that even for friends who are in different places and face it, a lot of us make friends and then people move. 20 years ago you lost touch with all but the tightest of your friends who were remote from you. Now? No need.

  • Mark Richman

    I’m from London Ontario and I’m the same age as this guy. Mad that we never met back in the day…

    • Paul Burrows

      He started near Saskatoon in 1982, then Saskatoon (for his M.A.), then Winnipeg (for his Ph D.), then London (for teaching) — so that’s one reason why we have players spread across Canada and the U.K.

  • Brilliant. We used to have this “thing” called “Macintosh users groups.” Just as weird (if you want to call them that).

  • John Kordyback

    Stands to reason. In Canada, the winters are six months long.

  • TheBreen

    Fantastic! I ran a campaign for 16 years, but having kids eventually made it too much work to continue. Mad props to this guy!