Birthplace of DND

Center Street, Lake Geneva

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Photos with the door where Gary Gygax wrote “Entrance Wargames Room”. This was the entry door to basement for the original gamers.

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Alex
2 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 25, 2022
My party and I had a great time here. Yolanda communicated efficiently and got everything set up very nicely. The Groupon was very reasonably priced for the experience we got. Worked with Austin as a DM (hired separately) and he did a great job. He was very willing to work with us and definitely went the extra mile. Communication was top notch with him also. We all had a blast!!
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Kristi
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 11, 2022
We enjoyed meeting the owner and hearing some of the history of the house. Had a great stay in the AirBnB next door. Community is very walkable. We used the kitchen(s) to make our lunch and dinner and walked to a cafe for breakfast in the morning. Just a few blocks from the lake and lots of tourist shops.
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Tifffany
3 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
March 20, 2022
GREAT experience! Lovely host. Thank you!
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Andrew
4 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 24, 2021
My gaming group and I had a phenomenal session the ambience was great the energy was on point. Our house Yolanda did everything in her power to make sure we felt comfortable. The Airbnb we stayed at next-door was recently renovated gorgeous plenty of room and very clean. Definitely recommend

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About This Deal

One 6 hour gaming session, tour of home and one night stay at Center Street Loft vacation rental for up to 6 gamers.

A six hour gaming session for up to 6 gamers at the birthplace of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®*. Includes a tour of the home where Gary Gygax lived when he co-created the game and a one night stay at the Center Street Loft vacation rental.

One 6 hour gaming session, tour of home and one night stay at Center Street Loft vacation rental for up to 4 gamers.

A six hour gaming session for up to 4 gamers at the birthplace of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®*. Includes a tour of the home where Gary Gygax lived when he co-created the game and a one night stay at the Center Street Loft vacation rental.

One six hour gaming session and tour of home for up to 8 gamers.

A six hour gaming session for up to 8 gamers at the birthplace of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®*. Includes a tour of the home where Gary Gygax lived when he co-created the game.

For these sessions you’ll have your own GM (Game Master) who will count as one of the members of your group. The gaming adventure must be completed by 11 PM (central time). Sessions will be scheduled in advance with a minimum 48 hour notice. Sessions must be scheduled between November 1, 2020 thru May 13, 2021. Major holidays are excluded (Thanksgiving, Christmas eve and day, New Years eve and day).

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About Birthplace of DND

E. Gary Gygax and his family lived in this home during the 1960s and 1970s. He was an avid wargamer and writer of rulesets and articles in many wargamer circles and publications. In addition to this, he hosted many gaming sessions at the 6’x10′ sand table he built in the basement for his local wargamer club, the Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association.

In November of 1972, two Twin Cities wargamers came to this home in Lake Geneva to demo a new type of game (known today as a “roleplaying game” or “RPG”) they had been developing with their circle of fellow gamers. It was in this home that Dave Arneson and David Megarry ran a session of the game they had dubbed “Blackmoor” for Gary Gygax, Ernie Gygax Jr., Rob Kuntz, and Terry Kuntz.

After much playtesting and experimentation, two years later in 1974, Gygax and Arneson would co-author and publish the first 1000 copies of a game called “DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®” (or “D&D®” and occasionally “DND” for short). Those copies were stored in this very basement!

Today, it is estimated that nearly 14 million people play the game around the world.

*DUNGEONS & DRAGONS and D&D are federally registered trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.