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I wrote a new piece on TSR's internal process of making modules that the traces the evolution of one Expert-series product from its conception in 1982 to publication  in 1984. It turns out the development process could be a bit of a quagmire - maybe even nine hells worth of development.
Quagmire! ¶ The Making of a 1980's D&D Module ¶ Jon Peterson (author of Playing at the World) ¶ From the mid-1970s on…
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Interesting article.  That sort of process heavy system doesn't seem unusual to me.  It may be a symptom of distrustful management, or maybe a reflection of the old heavy manufacturing mindset that still shackles creative work in many companies.  The cost of production for a printed module was high enough to make managers put up barriers so only those most likely to turn a high profit could survive.  I suspect a far greater volume of high quality products could be released today with print on demand.
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Investigating the Ki-rin, the Shedu, Couatl and Su-monster, to unearth an obscure influence on the Monster Manual and D&D itself.
When we study the monsters that populated the early setting of Dungeons & Dragons, sometimes we're at a loss to identify any particular source for them. The basilisk, for example, might have come to gaming through any number ...
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The Shedu illustration in the AD&D 2E MM has always been a favourite of mine. I've been waiting for just the right moment to drop that on my players. "Yeah, check mah beard, check mah body, strut strut. Tsup. You called? No? Huh. Well, this is awkward..."
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SFWeekly on the 40th anniversary of D&D, with some remarks from me.
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Someone's birthday is coming up soon! Commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of Dungeons & Dragons in January 2014.
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D&D rejected critical hits for decades, but couldn't manage to deal them a death blow.

http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-first-critical-hits.html
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And for 3.5e and Pathfinder I'd reccomend Torn Asunder from Bastion Press / Dragon Wing Games
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If you want to play old school D&D, you should draw on old school character sheets.
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Terrific public radio interview with Playing at the World author +Jon Peterson about the origins of the RPG hobby.
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Playing at the World goes video! For D&D's 40th anniversary, I open up my treasure chest and show 12 rare artifacts that tell the story of the game's creation. Lots of new material here on Braunstein, the Great Kingdom and other recent discoveries.
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Yeah, I saw the sex score also. How were they using that? Was it supposed to be seduction?
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A partial copy of Gygax’s original 1973 working draft of D&D, the “Mornard Fragments,” recovered just in time for the 40th anniversary!

http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2013/12/gary-gygaxs-1973-d-working-draft.html
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Cool & Happy new year!
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A little write-up about the earliest D&D advertisements of 1974 and 1975.
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When did we start saying "d20" for a twenty-sided die, and "3d6" for three six-siders?

http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-origins-of-dice-notation.html
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Yet another #DMU  worthy posting!
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This week I was interviewed for the "Save or Die" podcast. A fun group to hang around with!
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That was a fun interview/podcast
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