What is DnD
What is a game of Dungeons & Dragons like? It’s the same now as it was 35 years ago. In 1980 in the boxed Basic Set for D&D, Tom Moldvay described the game like this:
The D&D game has neither losers nor winners, it has only gamers who relish exercising their imagination. The players and the Dungeon Master share in creating adventures in fantastic lands where heroes abound and magic really works. In a sense, the D&D game has no rules, only rule suggestions. No rule is inviolate, particularly if a new or altered rule will encourage creativity and imagination. The important thing is to enjoy the adventure.
Still wondering what D&D is like when played? Read through the first tutorial. Spectate a live game at roll20.net. Watch a recording of a live game of Acquisitions, Inc. from PAX Prime 2014 (caution, the participants use adult language). Note that this game of D&D breaks the norms, being staged for audience with complicated sets. You need none of the sets or props to have a good time with your players. Instead, observe how the Dungeon Master Chris Perkins describes the setting, referees the rules, and reacts to the players.