40th anniversary Dungeons & Dragons documentary needs help
2014 will mark the 40th anniversary of D&D, first published in 1974.
The gaming system has had a significant cultural impact. Yes, it’s been a definer used by anti-geeks (saying someone played D&D has been a way to marginalize them), but so many of the videogames, movies, TV shows, and books now embraced by the mainstream have been inspired by a low tech game of dice and paperbooks.
It has amused me that someone being a “playa” would not be seen as stemming from the stereotypical gaming “nerd”, but I’m sure that’s the origin. You are a player or you are an NPC (“Non Player Character”)…I think being a “playa” came from people in serious political situations (especially intelligence operations) being “players” and others being unaware that there even is a game.
We are losing people who were famous in the 1970s, and though it may not seem so long ago to some of you, to others, it’s history. If you were in high school in the 1970s, remember that they are as long ago now as the 1930s were then.
Doing a documentary on D&D, especially when you are talking about developers, not just players, is only going to become more difficult. Gary Gygax is already gone…
A group is working on a documentary now, and is raising funds for it through a
There are four days left for them to reach a reasonable goal of $150,00…as I write this, they are close to $125,000.
They have levels that start as low as $5.
This is an easy way to help preserve the history of D&D.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.