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People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when…
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.
--Ogden Nash

I'm at that strange age where I'm not part of the old guard but old enough that the old guard were the guys still running things and serving as docents to TTRPGs and adjacent hobbies.

As this old guard continues to pass away, the impact is not the same for newer players who may learn about and note the passing of these pioneers. For those of us for whom these guys were a second family in our formative years, cool uncles we never had who "got" us, the impact is stronger.

It is very important to me that we continue collecting not just the written artifacts from these early pioneers of the hobby, but continue to interview them and record their stories before they've all passed away. It's why I've backed the recent Kickstarter documentaries "Secrets of Blackmoor", "The Dreams in Gary's Basement", and "Eye of the Beholder: the Art of Dungeons & Dragons".

I would love for a high-quality documentary on TTRPGs to be made that goes into overall history of the game, that highlights more of the pioneers. While Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson deserve the documentaries made about them--and more--here are so many other interesting people who were critical to the early hobby, whose stories also deserve to be preserved.
 

It's why I've backed the recent Kickstarter documentaries "Secrets of Blackmoor", "The Dreams in Gary's Basement", and "Eye of the Beholder: the Art of Dungeons & Dragons".
Ive seen Secrets of Blackmoor, and Eye of the Beholder but I hadnt heard about "The Dreams in Gary's Basement" Just watched the trailer, looks good. The original delivery looks like it was April 2019, but its still available for pre-order on KS. Any idea when it's going to be released?
I would love for a high-quality documentary on TTRPGs to be made that goes into overall history of the game, that highlights more of the pioneers. While Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson deserve the documentaries made about them--and more--here are so many other interesting people who were critical to the early hobby, whose stories also deserve to be preserved.
Someone like Peter Jackson, Rob Howard or Ken Burns to do a comprehensive, (well as comprehensive as they could) regarding D&D and other TTRPGs would be awesome, but unfortunately I bet thats wishful thinking.
 

Sigh...as a backer of said Kickstarter, no. The creators don't appear to, either. They continue to make snail's progress, and are still nowhere near "done," way past their original due date.

Ive seen Secrets of Blackmoor, and Eye of the Beholder but I hadnt heard about "The Dreams in Gary's Basement" Just watched the trailer, looks good. The original delivery looks like it was April 2019, but its still available for pre-order on KS. Any idea when it's going to be released?
 

Sigh...as a backer of said Kickstarter, no. The creators don't appear to, either. They continue to make snail's progress, and are still nowhere near "done," way past their original due date.
Have they even addressed that delay...any update?

That's the one reason that I don't like KS all that much and I'm very selective of what I back. Im just speculating but I get the impression that some people that start one dont truly have an understanding of what it will take to get their product to market or over-promise on stretch goals so suddenly that delivery date gets missed.
 

Not conclusively. They say they're on track for December, but they also say that they are still 30 minutes short of the full runtime, so I can't say I buy it.

So many Kickstarters fail for lack of decent project management skills. I've gotten very cautious in my backing.

Have they even addressed that delay...any update?

That's the one reason that I don't like KS all that much and I'm very selective of what I back. Im just speculating but I get the impression that some people that start one dont truly have an understanding of what it will take to get their product to market or over-promise on stretch goals so suddenly that delivery date gets missed.
 



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