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Bruce Schneier, a "celebrity" security specialist in the computer industry, recently had an AMA session over at Reddit. In an answer to a question, he made a surprising comment:

I've been playing D&D with the same people -- same GM, same world, same characters -- since 1981. I was a latecomer to the game, which started in 1978. I believe it's the longest-running D&D game with the original players in the world.

To me, that is really impressive, but I confess that this is a world I know very little about, so I'm turning my question over to the experts - is he right? To summarize:

What is the longest running game of D&D with the same original players, characters, and GM?

Keeping with the quote, it does not have to be the same campaign, although I'm not sure you can rule that out from his comment - there are no further details given.

Someone asked in a comment about the "regularity" I would consider valid. For these time spans (35+ years), I would be happy with at least one session per year, but I'm not sure there has to be a strict rule about that.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Note that Schneier doesn't say if the group's played the same version of D&D all this time. Does the interview touch on that? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Aug 5 '16 at 22:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 That's a good question, and I thought about that. I could not figure out a good answer. For the time spans we're talking about here, I'd be happy with at least one game per year. \$\endgroup\$ – pipe Aug 5 '16 at 22:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question is impossible to answer. The game the OP quoted may be the longest running but there will never be any way to tell if there isn't a longer one that we don't know about. The risk is that we will get a series of answers along the lines of "this one is longer" with no way to verify and no end in sight. \$\endgroup\$ – Dale M Aug 5 '16 at 23:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DaleM "unanswerability" doesn't really strike me as a close reason. Just because a question's hard to answer, or it's hard to conceive of ever answering, doesn't make it off-topic, unclear, too broad, &c. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Aug 6 '16 at 2:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60: There's a meaningful difference between "can't ever get an answer (probably)" and "can't ever get an answer anyone can judge or validate by the terms of the question", and unfortunately this is more the latter. If we can't really vote on anything because the set of possible answers is so hard to pin down and so open-ended, what's the point of asking on SE? \$\endgroup\$ – user17995 Aug 6 '16 at 3:01