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    Come for another visit soon! - Gary

    Blog post about a letter from Gygax to Arneson in 1973. https://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/blog/come-for-another-visit-soon-gary
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    5E All weapons doing d6?

    Exactly! It's 1d6 for everything. I run 3 LBBs D&D. I do massive dungeon crawls in the traditional way. No minis. Just verbal and imagination. If all you look at is the damage value, you won't understand how OD&D is designed for abstraction and elegance. I did a big analysis of how OD&D...
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    Old timers?

    I don't know about this site and how old it is. I hate to admit I'm old. I've been playing D&D on computer since this game.
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    Critical Role PSA: You are not Matt Mercer

    I have no idea what anyone is saying. I play OD&D. :p In my games inspiration isn't a die roll, it comes from caffeine. Who is this Merc Marcer whipper snapper? Where's my hearing aide? Character Death is Good!
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    Free Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History Of Dungeons & Dragons Watch It Now online

    The entire 2+ hour documentary feature can be seen online. 🌟We are offering a deal on T-shirts, watch the movie free now and get the T-shirt later, in our store: https://store.secretsofblackmoor.com/ 🌟Watch on our website: https://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/ 🌟Watch on Amazon...
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    TSR The Dueling Essays of Arneson & Gygax

    Having watched hour upon hour of Dave Arneson videos, I will tell you that people take him way too literally. He is often being quite ironic. Gail Gaylord typed all of the drafts Arneson was sending to Gygax. Hence Arneson always saying " I never typed a word of D&D." It was a jab at Gary and...
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    TSR The Dueling Essays of Arneson & Gygax

    The blow back on Årneson is what prompted our documentary. As we made it we had choices to make on how to present the story of RPG. Thus, Gygax is included in the film. We chose to remove drama. Yes, we mention it, but quite frankly, it is still like seeing two people you like get divorced and...
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    Vimeo On Demand - Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons

    The entire documentary film is available through Vimeo on demand starting at $5.95 Watch the trailer or rent the movie here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sobfinal
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    TSR Gary’s Immersion in Castle El Raja Key: The Four-Way Footsteps

    Hey Rob, Awesome story. More and more I am a huge advocate for the original game and methodology. Many years of fiddling with this and that rule, all in order to somehow capture more of the essence of reality? The more rules people fill their heads with the farther they get from the active...
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    General D&D doesn't need a movie! Make a Boardway show instead!

    My Co director is the original Cow Bell player. I want to sign him up for it. He's pretty good in a musical.
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    Rob, I am looking forward to your return to Good Old U.S. of A. Wherever you decide to reside, i will make a point of coming to visit. So much stuff to speak about in terms of Game Design and Game Theory. You might want to look at Minneapolis St. Paul because there is a lot of gaming there. The...
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    Looking forward to reading that Rob.
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    TSR The Dueling Essays of Arneson & Gygax

    Reading through and making corrections. The Rock Paper Scissors story is a myth. They had dice.
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    TSR The Dueling Essays of Arneson & Gygax

    The core premise of the trial was that AD&D was derived from OD&D, thus Arneson was entitled to royalties from both works. When I say derived, I mean plagiarized. The trial evidence presented by Arneson's lawyers was targeted at proving OD&D was the source, and it was very strong evidence too...
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    Most people like to ignore what Gary wrote about Arneson early on. If you look at early issues of the Dragon magazine you can see Gary using Blackmoor as an example of the longest running campaign. You can read the foreword to Blackmoor supplement and Gary pretty much gushes about how brilliant...
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    Agreed, I am tired of seeing passive aggressive seemingly polite language passed off as anything other than Trolling. I am done acknowledging people who do not pose interesting observations.
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    The letters are vague. I am always up for corroborating all other evidence. This all fits and makes sense. My hunch is Gary went to play with the Blackmoor Bunch. What else would you do if you had played your first RPG and were excited about its potential? But I do have someone describing the...
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    This is something I have been chasing down Rob. I have records to support that Greg Svenson is the second person to referee an RPG in Blackmoor. This through interviews, and corroboration with Corner of the Table Top. Then I have that you are most likely the 3rd Referee with your attempt to...
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    What Rob is describing can also be compared to computer programming. The Game Engine, or Play Method is the core of this system. So lets pretend the Game Engine is a computer program and that you are using an object oriented computer language. You have a Main program module that begins the...
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    TSR Rob Kuntz Recounts The Origins Of D&D

    How do you know? Sky is Green - I know! Right from the beginning your arguments are shallow and not very sophisticated. I would say that you do not know enough about what Braunstein is to really pass judgment on it. If you did know, you would realize that Braunstein is a kind of role playing...