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I have been looking for a while to find the world record for the longest Dungeons and Dragons marathon because me and my friends had a plan to try and attempt to beat it and give the money from the stream (if we get any) to my school's Gaming and Anime Club.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to rpg.se! Take the tour and visit the help center when you get a chance. What a cool first question, definitely not something I've seen before. Good luck with your attempt, hopefully one of our experts will have an answer for you. Thanks for participating and happy gaming! \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin Feb 1 at 2:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ If and when you do attempt it, I'd suggest posting a link in Role-playing Games Chat - I'm sure many people would be interested. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Feb 1 at 2:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ I am going for a world record and all of the info I have is the answers to this question and that for every hour, you would get a 5 min break from the game thank you for answering my question \$\endgroup\$ – Trevor Fait Feb 1 at 17:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ Worth noting that you may want to contact Guiness and make sure they will even consider your record before attempting this. My understanding is that they have gotten rid of many of the records that involve simply doing some activity for the longest period of time. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Feb 4 at 17:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ I've replaced the [dnd-5e] tag with [dungeons-and-dragons]. The question does not mention anything about D&D's fifth edition specifically and the OP accepted an answer describing games that must have been OD&D or AD&D, so there is nothing edition-specific about this Q&A. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Aug 5 at 11:30
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The record seems to be 209 hours.

According to this Reddit post, Reddit user JustOneAmongMany asked Guinness about an alleged 1985/6 record. Guinness responded on September 4, 2018 with this message:

Thank you for contacting Guinness World Records.

A search of our database shows two Dungeons & Dragons endurance records from that general time period:

From June 30th through June [sic] 3rd, 1986, a team of eight players (six finished) played for 66 hours in Ilford, Essex.

A team in Ogden, Utah then got the record for a 1983 game that lasted 209 hours.

If you want more information, you should contact Guinness here.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I would appreciate it if everybody reading this answer took a moment of silence for the poor DM that had to carry on 209 hours. \$\endgroup\$ – Easymode44 Feb 1 at 8:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ For reference: That's 8 days and 17 hours straight. \$\endgroup\$ – Suthek Feb 1 at 12:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm really curious what the definition of endurance here is. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Feb 1 at 13:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ I wonder how much coffee was consumed during that session? \$\endgroup\$ – Q Paul Aug 5 at 17:26
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I was part of the 1985/86 group, at that time there was no official record. There was a 5 minute break every hour but you could stack them for a longer break. We did several 24 hour sessions beforehand to train. We were dosed up on coffee and coca cola. We practiced in Ilford but the record was set just off Trafalgar Square in some sort of basement of a building there. Possibly the disused underground station room but I can't recall detail. There were oringinally 12 of us, 8 started and two dropped out, but the others not playing helped with buying food and drinks and giving support. Think we started at around 3rd level and went up to about 9th, having to bring in characters when necessary.

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    \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor I've updated the question. The [dnd-5e] tag simply didn't belong. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Aug 5 at 11:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was peripherally involved with the 85/86 event, and I think I can remember who organised it. I'll see if she remembers any more details. \$\endgroup\$ – John Dallman Aug 5 at 17:22
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This thread suggests that the record was/is 100 hours

in Dragon issue # 80, pg 54 it states that four members of the Broward Game Players Club in Hollywood FL played D&D for 100 hours straight.

However that was back in 1983, so it might have been broken since then.

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