Dungeons and Dragons (“D&D” or “DnD” for short) is what is known as a tabletop role-playing game. It was started in the 1970s, has undergone a few iterations over the years and is currently officially in its 5th Edition (aka D&D 5e).
At it’s core, D&D is a social role-playing game where players create a fantasy persona and navigate their characters through a world created by one person called the Dungeon Master (aka the DM). The DM serves as both the narrator and referee of the game, guiding the players through the story and overseeing all interactions, including combat scenarios.
The game is traditionally played in-person using pencils, paper, books, and dice. D&D can also take on board game elements with players moving miniature figurines around a physical board/mat. With modern technology, players can also use software to supplement or replace the traditional tools and it now possible to play D&D completely online with players all around the world.