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Earliest Version of D&D On Display At Rochester Museum

timothy posted about a year ago | from the we-didn't-have-dice-we-were-too-poor dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "This weekend the National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, will display the earliest known version of the game Dungeons & Dragons as a part of their new exhibit Game Time!. The document is on loan from the personal collection of games historian Jon Peterson (author of Playing at the World), who says the document 'captures the system at around the midpoint of development, with the core concepts of dungeon exploration and fantastic combat in place, but it lacks some features of the mature game and exhibits a few intriguing variations.' Some excerpts are up on Peterson's blog."

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Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#43437137)

...your copies of Chainmail and Outdoor Survival, every one!

First english version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43437191)

I thought D&D was always in english.

Re:First english version? (2)

plover (150551) | about a year ago | (#43438837)

I thought D&D was always in english.

No, the original was written in Elvish :-)

Re:First english version? (1)

Jamu (852752) | about a year ago | (#43439923)

Gedyr ah Emlyg?

Still have then (3)

arthurpaliden (939626) | about a year ago | (#43437345)

Got my copies right after the game came out. Many happy hours. Simple rules plus great imaginations. There was nothing like it then or now.

Not to Hijack the thread ... (4, Interesting)

b3x (586838) | about a year ago | (#43437673)

The National Museum of Play as it is a great place to spend the day with your kids. There is a ton of stuff to do for younger kids ( 13) and there is often some cool exhibits for the older kids. If your in the area check it out.

Re:Not to Hijack the thread ... (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about a year ago | (#43437981)

It was one of the first places my girlfriend took me to after I moved to Rochester. Pretty cool place. Although the collection of dolls is creepy. Actually, dolls in general are just creepy.

Of course, I'm out of town visiting my parents when all this is going on now...

Re:Not to Hijack the thread ... (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | about a year ago | (#43440633)

For the umpteenth time, they're not dolls, they're action figures!

Re:Not to Hijack the thread ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43438297)

Thanks for ruining it for people without younger kids, douche.

Re:Not to Hijack the thread ... (1)

Selivanow (82869) | about a year ago | (#43439885)

They also have a selection of vintage arcade games you can play now. Museums have never been so much fun!

Older versions are available (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43437699)

Interesting. A friend of mine has a computer printout from Berkeley, listing the rules. It was printed long before the official boxed edition was even thought about. I may have to mention the National Museum of play to her, see if she is interested in digging it out and donating it.

Old school DnD forums quite lively (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43438059)

Check out [] For Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortal [BECMI] style D&D and many AD&D settings WotC disbanded. A thriving community, especially for Mystaraphiles.

Re:Old school DnD forums quite lively (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43439823)

Hell, there's still a noticable presence in the old D&D newsgroups on Usenet (

And I'm off to a game this afternoon myself.

Gygax should be proud; 40 years later and his (and Arneson's) creation is still going strong. Not only has it made millions of players happy, not only has it spawned an entire industry, but it set the foundation for practically all computer games out there (almost all of which use some variety of hitpoints, hit probability and armor resistance rules, which Dungeons & Dragons popularized).

Ah the memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43438089)

I have some very fond memories of all-weekend gaming sessions (instead of studying).

Re: Ah the memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43439791)

D&D is pretty popular in the prison systems too...

My first role playing experience (5, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43438143)

This post was removed due to polyhedral Dice content standards violations.

Half the links are slashdotted, any mirror (1)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about a year ago | (#43438159)

I want to see if the copy my neighbor gave me is really the first edition ever.

Has it been scanned? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43440423)

If it is a one off copy, maybe a hi-res scan is needed to have a safety reference in case the original is lost?

Cool stuff (0)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43441933)

I have a friend who was a beta tester for a board game 20 years ago that was later published.

He still has it -- the board, the cards, everything is all hand-drawn. Once the kinks of gameplay are worked out, and people decide it's actually fun, then they get pro graphics artists to crank it out for the printers.

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TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about a year ago | (#43527317)

But its in Rochester...

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