Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cracked.com gives Arneson Credit

Forum poster Mr_Roboto pointed out to me an interesting article over at Cracked.com which talks about the less known people behind pop culture icons. Cracked.com says the following about Dave Arneson:

With Arneson's influence, Chainmail was adapted to include:

- Exploring dungeons

- Using a neutral judge/dungeon master

- Conversations with imaginary characters (NPCs) to develop the storyline

- Hit points

- Experience points

- The concept of role-playing an individual character rather than just rolling dice

So, basically, he put the "R" in RPG.

While it is not the intention of this blogger to try to undermine the legacy of Gary Gygax (I also dont think that was the point of the Cracked article), it is nice to see Arneson get the credit he deserves. 


1 comment:

  1. Very nice indeed! Always a good thing to see Dave get a bit of the recognition he deserved.


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