Fifty Years of Fantasy Gaming and You Still Don’t Get It

Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog

Fifty years ago the first fantasy campaign was announced thusly:

“There will be a medieval ‘Braunstein’ April 17, 1971 at the home of Dave Arneson from 1300 hrs to 2400 hrs with refreshments being available on the usual basis….”

Verily, this is a VERY SPECIAL date in gaming history and Dave Arneson would in a few short years go own to co-create with Gary Gygax one of the most remarkable games ever conceived. On this anniverary of what was the dawn of the fantasy adventure gaming hobby, it is altogether fitting and proper to reflect on just how far we’ve come since then. Or rather, how far we have fallen and how little we appreciate what men like Arneson actually accomplished.

Let me explain.

In the back of the third rules booklet for the original D&D game is a page that is frequently cited by gaming critics and commentators. This…

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