For anyone new to gaming, is interested in designing games, or who just wants to feel like they have a broad experience of game design paradigms and mechanisms, this article series is for you.
Merriam Webster currently defines a "canon" as "a sanctioned or accepted group or body of related works". The games selected for this series represent the pinnacle or are widely accepted paradigms of game design. They're not always the highest rated games, but they drive an audience time and again.
The first game in this article series is Dungeons & Dragons (currently 5th Edition, aka D&D).
No understanding of the gaming landscape is complete without an understanding of what D&D is, how it works, and why people regard it as fun. Roleplaying games dominate a section of the table-top gaming hobby and D&D still essentially functions as it did thirty years ago. If you can't find a playgroup to try it out, check out the videos below.