Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Have You Played with Dave Arneson?

I got to meet Dave Arneson back in 2003, but I never got a chance to play with him. Poster Heymikey over at the Comeback Inn is collecting reports from actual play sessions with the man himself. Besides the Original Blackmoor Players, Dave has played with hundreds if not thousands of gamers over the years.

Dave Arneson at HURRICON 2007, Orlando, FL.

Not every gaming report is full of praise. Back in 2008, the Semper Initiative Blog reposted an old magazine article written back in 1976 by a less pleased player, Bill Paley. Still, Paley's report contained alot of interesting information that I have just gone through.

Did you ever get to play in Dave's games?


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  1. I read his gaming report, and I would have not had fun either. Super powerful NPCs (which is what the high level character basically was) ruin games for everyone else.

  2. Yep. It is one of those things that probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but looking back it was a bad decision. As I mentioned in the Comeback Inn post, Greg said he regretted participating with his character once he learned how the player felt about it. Personally I would have loved being at that table just to get to game with Greg Svenson, Richard Snider using their legendary characters, but I can understand that not everyone feels that way :)


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