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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

disconj disconj writes  |  about a year ago

disconj (2727795) writes "With the 40th anniversary of the release of Dungeons & Dragons coming up this weekend, the Internet is ablaze with reflections on its legacy. Dave Ewalt gives an intro for the uninitiated. Ethan Gilsdorf explains how "all I need to know about life I learned from 'Dungeons & Dragons.'" Jon Peterson presents a video show-and-tell of rare artifacts from D&D's development. How did D&D change your life, and what will you be doing to celebrate this Sunday?"
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Playing at the World: A Huge New History of Gaming

disconj disconj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

disconj (2727795) writes "Over at Wired, Ethan Gilsdorf interviews Jon Peterson, author of the new book Playing at the World . Gilsdorf calls it 'a must read,' though he cautions it 'is not intended for a general audience. It’s a book for geeks, about geeks.' It is apparently an insanely-detailed history of role-playing games and wargames, including everything from Prussian kriegsspiel up to Dungeons & Dragons and the beginning of computer RPGs (but none of that heathen stuff after 1980). Peterson says in the interview that he wanted to write a history of these games 'worthy of the future they are creating.' He apparently spent five years on the project, including unearthing a huge trove of previously-unknown historical documents."
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