Tuesday, November 9, 2010

D&D Misses Induction Into Toy Hall of Fame

Reader Alonzo linked me an interesting article here.  Sadly, it looks like Dungeons & Dragons was passed over for the Toy Hall of Fame, despite being a nominee this year.  Playing cards and the Game of Life made the cut as inductees, however.  From the website, it says:
To make the cut as a finalist - Bensch says the toys must have longevity, be easily recognizable, and cultivate learning, creativity and discovery.
Well, D&D definitely has the longevity, learning, creativity, and discovery parts down. I think where it fails at being as easily recognized or iconic as Hot Wheels or a Rubik's Cube to the wider populace.  Perhaps someday...

Don't feel bad, D&D loyalists.  You're already on at least one list.  Now, who do I talk to about getting Rolemaster's Crit Tables inducted?  I'll even roll for it...

6 comments:

Bonemaster said...

I think you need some sort of E Critical to get Rolemaster on the list.

Sean said...

I wouldn't feel too bad about not making the list this year. I was looking at the toys that have been inducted and almost all of them are really, really iconic toys. Things like The Radio Flyer Wagon, Barbie, and 'Stick' ("The stick may be the world’s oldest toy"). On the other hand, Candyland, Nintendo Game Boy and The Game of Life are in, so D&D's turn should be coming soon.

Carpe Guitarrem said...

Seconding Sean for sure. D&D was invented in the '70s and played by a niche group of people. That group of people may be larger nowadays, but it's still a niche group.

The vast majority of people growing up have owned a Gameboy, or knew someone who did.

The vast majority of people growing up heard of D&D via Jack Chick.

Sad but true.

anarchist said...

Rolemaster was nominated, but on the way to the ceremony they tripped over an imaginary turtle and died.

Zachary Houghton said...

Ha!

Blaise said...

double ha!