Category Archives: Video

Secrets of Blackmoor

Yesterday evening I finally had the chance to watch “Secrets of Blackmoor“, the two-hour documentary film about the influence Dave Arneson and the Twin Cities wargaming community had on Dungeons & Dragons in particular and the roleplaying hobby in general.

Overall I found the film very interesting. It gave an in-depth look on the wargaming scene in the Twin Cities area during the 60s and 70s and you get a pretty good impression on how they played back in the day. Even though the movie sets out to prove that Dave Arneson was the real genius behind the phenomenon that is D&D, it actually paints a much more nuanced picture. What eventually became fantasy roleplaying seems to have many parents including David Wesely and his Braunstein games.

The two-hour film consists mainly of interviews with the “Blackmoor Bunch”, a group of people who played in Dave Arneson’s first fantasy roleplaying campaign. Listening to their stories, them sharing anecdotes, their love for the hobby and the late Dave Arneson, is what makes the movie shine. Regardless of who you consider the true “father of roleplaying”, Secrets of Blackmoor is a movie any roleplaying game fan interested in the roots of the hobby should watch.

Secrets of Blackmoor is available for purchase via Vimeo OnDemand and sets you back about $20. You can learn more about the movie and the story of Dave Arneson’s influence on D&D on the official Secrets of Blackmoor site.

Recommendation: Check Out Matt Colville on YouTube

A couple of days back I stumbled upon a video by Matthew Colville. He’s your regular white, middle-aged, bearded geek with many years of DMing under his belt. He has worked in the video games industry and he has written fantasy novels. He also comes across as a genuinely nice guy and he has a lot of advice for anyone interested in running D&D – veterans and newbies alike. I’ve watched a couple of his videos so far, and I recommend you to check him out. I embedded one of his videos below.

By the way, if you know of any other YouTubers talking about D&D worth checking out, feel free to post about them in the comments below!

Please Help Mindjammer Press

A few days ago, Chris, the husband of Sarah Newton lost his fight against cancer. Even though I didn’t personally know him, the news has affected me deeply and I wish I could help Sarah get through these hard times. Unfortunately there’s not much I can do at the moment, but ask my dear readers to watch the video by Paco Jaen below, and perhaps check out Mindjammer Press on DriveThruRPG or ask you local gaming shop about her products. Every bit helps.

I express my deepest condolences to Sarah, her and Chris’ families, and their friends.