Neverending Story: Play Style in RPG Worlds

Today’s post is about the nature of role-playing games. Not the rules, not some esoteric factor. But simply about the boundaries, what is “in” the game, the nature of a “campaign.” Maybe I’ll just call it a style of play. Back in my heyday, the late 70s - early 90s, each DM in my extended … Continue reading Neverending Story: Play Style in RPG Worlds

Whaddya Mean, You Don't Play 5th Edition?!!

I just read an article that carried a tone of amazement that there were people playing Original Dungeons and Dragons, instead of Hasbro’s “D&D Next,” the latest re-write by people I’ve never heard of. I also read the comments, where someone basically trashed anyone who would play the original game. So I actually created an … Continue reading Whaddya Mean, You Don't Play 5th Edition?!!

“I’ll Take Game Designers for $500, Alex. Who Were Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson?”

The old argument has re-surfaced online recently. Who deserves more credit for creating Dungeons and Dragons, and thus the modern concept of role-playing games, Gary Gygax or Dave Arneson? Personally, I can’t believe this topic is still floating around today, and I don’t know why anyone cares to argue it. Both men’s names appear on … Continue reading “I’ll Take Game Designers for $500, Alex. Who Were Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson?”