Posts tagged with ‘dungeons and dragons

Holy shit! A trailer for Dark Dungeons, a new movie based on Jack Chick’s legendary 1984 tract about the dangers of Dungeons & Dragons and other role playing games

D&D easter egg from the old Summoner game

You’ve almost certainly seen it before, but it’s still the fucking best.  ROLL THE DICE TO SEE IF I’M GETTING DRUNK. 

Roll20 is a customizable online Dungeons & Dragons platform

Roll20 is a fully customizable, virtual Dungeons & Dragons platform that allows you to organize and play through campaigns with your friends whether they’re close by, in another state, or on the other side of the world. As the Dungeon Master, you can add your own tokens, maps, character portraits, and background music, or choose from Roll20′s libraries. The DM and players can draw diagrams and roll dice directly on the virtual tabletop in real time, and Roll20 also supports video, voice, and text chat. The service is completely free, though some artwork and tokens can only be purchased through the Roll20 marketplace.

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Dungeons and Dragons creator Gary Gygax on why Christians (like himself) shouldn’t celebrate Christmas
A note from Gary Gygax in the IFW Monthly of February 1969. A topical historical curiosity, yes, but what does it tell us about who Gary was back then? First of all, he strongly self-identified as a Christian, an important counterpoint to the fundamentalist backlash against his later fantasy-themed games. Gary approached Christianity as a system with rules, which he researched and explored through a strict historical lens. If his readings differed from mainstream conventions, he was never one to bow to popular opinion. Sometimes he took things too seriously, sacrificing fun for accuracy. He was never shy about sharing his ideas and defending his position in public, but respectfully acknowledges the existence of dissenting views. These are all qualities we see reflected in his subsequent career as a game designer.
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Dungeons and Dragons creator Gary Gygax on why Christians (like himself) shouldn’t celebrate Christmas

A note from Gary Gygax in the IFW Monthly of February 1969. A topical historical curiosity, yes, but what does it tell us about who Gary was back then? First of all, he strongly self-identified as a Christian, an important counterpoint to the fundamentalist backlash against his later fantasy-themed games. Gary approached Christianity as a system with rules, which he researched and explored through a strict historical lens. If his readings differed from mainstream conventions, he was never one to bow to popular opinion. Sometimes he took things too seriously, sacrificing fun for accuracy. He was never shy about sharing his ideas and defending his position in public, but respectfully acknowledges the existence of dissenting views. These are all qualities we see reflected in his subsequent career as a game designer.

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Rush Limbaugh rips off old D&D artwork for his newsletter. This world is getting weird.
Limbaugh sent out a newsletter to subscribers recently, and the cover featured him taking down a fearsome looking creature. That’s weird, but it’s even weirder that the image looks almost exactly like one of the “Nightmare Beast” from the 2002 Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Monster Manual. What a coincidence. The plot thickens when you learn that Christopher Hiers is credited for Limbaugh’s newsletter version, and the image in the book is credited to Wayne Reynolds.
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Rush Limbaugh rips off old D&D artwork for his newsletter. This world is getting weird.

Limbaugh sent out a newsletter to subscribers recently, and the cover featured him taking down a fearsome looking creature. That’s weird, but it’s even weirder that the image looks almost exactly like one of the “Nightmare Beast” from the 2002 Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Monster Manual. What a coincidence. The plot thickens when you learn that Christopher Hiers is credited for Limbaugh’s newsletter version, and the image in the book is credited to Wayne Reynolds.

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Norwegian diplomat thinks LARPing and RPGs can save the world

Norwegian diplomat and Minister of International Development Heikki Holmas is a huge fan of tabletop RPGs and live action role-playing and he thinks that these nerdy activities have the power to change the world. And maybe he’s right.

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IHC After Dark: 60 Minutes from 1985 on Dungeons and Dragons

Fascinating almost 30-year old 60 Minutes piece that exemplifies the hysteria around Dungeons and Dragons in the ‘80s. Looking at all this with hindsight it seems obvious that the kids who harmed themselves and others were gonna do that anyway. Near the beginning when Ed Bradley shows all the different newspaper articles about the suicides and the violence, it seems so disingenuous and manufactured, like 60 Minutes needed to build up the credibility of their assertion before proceeding, fanning the flames of the controversy as they did so.

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Homemade D&D module from 1981 is a work of art
A recent and amazing donation to the PlaGMaDA.org [ed: Play Generated Map and Document Archive] project: A beautiful, hand-made homebrew addition to the classic TSR Against the Giants series.
See the whole homemade module here
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Homemade D&D module from 1981 is a work of art

A recent and amazing donation to the PlaGMaDA.org [ed: Play Generated Map and Document Archive] project: A beautiful, hand-made homebrew addition to the classic TSR Against the Giants series.

See the whole homemade module here

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Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition is in the works and they’re looking for your input

The last full edition of D&D that came out was in 2008, and Wizards of the Coast are currently working on a Fifth Edition. But they’re not doing it alone. The company is asking for as much player input as possible to make the Fifth Edition the best edition yet. And if I know anything, I know that hardcore D&D players will offer plenty of suggestions. Here’s mine: MORE BEAR PEOPLE.

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Awesome Etsy thing of the day: D&D Dragon Scale dice bag
Next time you’re playing AD&D or Magic the Gathering or any other geeky activity that requires a bag of dice, bring along this metal dragon scale dice bag and watch for the person who was going to get up and go to the bathroom and now is just going to sit for a little while longer with his character sheet in his lap until his massive nerd boner subsides.
$30 on Etsy
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Awesome Etsy thing of the day: D&D Dragon Scale dice bag

Next time you’re playing AD&D or Magic the Gathering or any other geeky activity that requires a bag of dice, bring along this metal dragon scale dice bag and watch for the person who was going to get up and go to the bathroom and now is just going to sit for a little while longer with his character sheet in his lap until his massive nerd boner subsides.

$30 on Etsy

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And now, here’s some six year olds playing D&D

Get ‘em hooked young… it’s the only way to ensure they’ll grow up to be baby killing Satan worshippers. Or tech start up millionaires. Same diff.

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Win Stuff: In Celebration of The Gygax’s Birthday…

So I’m a big D&D guy.  And I have on my shelf a full starter set of unused 4th Edition D&D books that are screaming to get used but aren’t (because I’m using my other books).  So, WHO WANTS FREE STUFF!?  Comment for a chance to win. Rules are straight forward.

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Gary Gygax memorial gets approved for Lake Geneva, WI

The Gary Gygax Memorial Fund recently announced that it finally got approval for a Gary Gygax memorial in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the town in which he spent his final years.

The Gygax Memorial Fund has reached a huge milestone. We have been granted land for the memorial site at Donian Park. Donian Park is a four acre open space site which encompasses a wetland and the 100 year recurrence interval floodplain along the White River in downtown Lake Geneva.

Gary Gygax Memorial Fund

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