Today I read an interesting post on Kotaku, called Dungeons & Deceptions, about the role Dave Arneson had in the development of D&D. According to Rob Kuntz and others, the commonly told story that Gary Gygax was the main influence behind the roleplaying hobby is not the whole truth. In fact it has been Arneson who actually came up with what we now know as “role-playing”. The article gives a lot of interesting insights into the early days of the hobby and shines a light on some of the unsung heroes. The article also mentions the recently-released documentary “Secrets of Blackmoor” which tries to basically answer the same questions.
Dungeons & Deceptions is actually the third in a series of posts on Kotaku about the history of D&D. If you are interested in delving deeper into this mystery, you should check out these articles as well:
- Fantasy’s Widow: The Fight Over The Legacy Of Dungeons & Dragons
- Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women
Aside from these articles I can also highly recommend checking out Shannon Applecline’s Designers & Dragons which is probably the most comprehensive picture on the RPG hobby from the 1970s to the 2000s. In my opinion it’s a must-have for everyone interested in learning more about the people and stories behind our favorite games.
Thanks for the mention of Secrets if Blackmoor.
It has taken us 6 years to make the film.
We are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackmoorsecrets/
And on twitter:
Always glad to answer any questions about the film.
… and yes, I can even typo the name of the film I co-directed.
oops — Secrets OF Blackmoor
You’re welcome! I hope I’ll be able to watch the documentary soon.
🙂 Hope you like it.