'Dungeons and Dragons' Returns

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    Multi-sided dice used in the 'Dungeons & Dragons' role-playing game are shown along with the a traditional pencil-and-paper tally sheet Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton, Wash. The next edition of 'D&D,' due out in June, will be paired with online features that the publisher hopes will lure back some of the millions of lapsed players who have turned more Internet-focused games such as 'World of Warcraft.'

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    Scott Rouse, senior brand manager for the 'Dungeons & Dragons' roleplaying game for publisher Wizards of the Coast Inc., holds a die used in the game as he poses for a photo Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at at the Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton, Wash.

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    Miniature figures used in the 'Dungeons & Dragons' role-playing game are shown Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton, Wash.

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    More miniature figures used in the 'Dungeons & Dragons' role-playing game are shown Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton, Wash.

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    Chris Youngs, left, a game designer for the 'Dungeons & Dragons' roleplaying game for Wizards of the Coast Inc., uses a laptop to look up information while serving as Dungeon Master for a weekly 'D&D' game played by Wizards of the Coast employees, Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the company's headquarters in Renton, Wash.

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    Wizards of the Coast provided this image of the digital game table for 'Dungeons & Dragons' Insider. 'Dungeons & Dragons' has never quite become mainstream entertainment, but it has inspired role-playing computer games like 'World of Warcraft' to borrow its principles and turn them into a multibillion-dollar industry. The next edition of the game, due out in June, will for the first time be paired with online features that the publisher hopes will lure lapsed players back to the dungeon.

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