In 1970, a group of UK gamers located in Bristol published the first edition of their Western Gunfight rules, which recorded systems they had been running locally since the late 1960s.
All too often the products themselves give us little indication of when they were made, as was the case with today’s subject, Monsters! Monsters! Monsters! Galore. But with the help of distributor catalogs, we can show how it became available in 1980.
When it comes to using Platonic solids as dice, the d4 is something of a special case.
Before Curse of Strahd and Ravenloft came Palace of the Vampire Queen, a dungeon written by California gamers Pete and Judy Kerestan and distributed by TSR Hobbies.
Dungeons & Dragons started out as a game with such an adaptable and open-ended set of rules that early adopters questioned whether any further published RPG systems were even necessary
The idea that role playing involved a property called “immersion” occurred to the early adopters of the 1970s fairly early.
The idea that a gamemaster has the discretion to alter or discard published rules was not an invention of role-playing games
It doesn’t get more old school than rolling a d6 to check for wandering monsters in a dungeon.
et’s look at early play-by-post D&D in Britain, including dungeons like the Anubis Labyrinths.
In 1994 TSR, the publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, struck two blows aimed at containing fan-created D&D content on the Internet.