Dave Arneson, and Internet Feuding

Today, October 1st, is Dave Arneson's birthday. He is credited as the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons. I wrote a post early in September in which I reacted to the resurrection of a very old argument about who contributed more to the creation of D&D, Arneson or Gary Gygax. I was more than a little … Continue reading Dave Arneson, and Internet Feuding

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Yeoman Rand, Female Lead of Star Trek

From what I've read, Grace Lee Whitney was hired to play Yeoman Janice Rand as the "female lead" on Star Trek. The female lead! The original concept, Wagon Train to the Stars, had the cast as analogous to the cast of Gunsmoke, and Rand was supposed to be Miss Kitty. She was supposed to provide … Continue reading Yeoman Rand, Female Lead of Star Trek

“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?”

Regarding Pay-TV, over whatever transport mechanism

A blog I follow posted about the number of subscription choices that would be required to watch SF&F shows that are behind paywalls. I felt compelled to respond, as I disagreed with some of his underlying assumptions. I've written about this more than once. The increase in monetization comes about only because consumers cooperate. If … Continue reading Regarding Pay-TV, over whatever transport mechanism