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November 12, 2020 65 min

Roll for initiative as Karen and Blake discuss the history of roleplaying games and the Monster Manual with Jon Peterson.

Jon Peterson (@docetist)  is the author of PLAYING AT THE WORLD A HISTORY OF SIMULATING WARS, PEOPLE, AND FANTASTIC ADVENTURES, FROM CHESS TO ROLE-PLAYING GAMES. He was also a contributor to the recent retrospective volume looking at the game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ART & ARCANA: A VISUAL HISTORY.

His latest book is the official D&D cookbook (for real and actual food) titled HERO'S FEAST.

Mentioned in this episode:

Painting miniatures 

H. G. Wells' Little Wars 

E. Gary Gygax 

Dave Arneson 

TSR (now Wizards of the Coast)

Telengard (computer RPG)

PLATO computer system

Mazes and Monsters 

Backlash against D&D from Patricia Pulling 

The "steam tunnel" case of James Dallas Egbert III.

The D&D Cartoon 

Dungeons & Dragons today 

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