Profile

Cover photo
Jon Peterson
811 followers|146,554 views
AboutPostsCollectionsPhotosVideos

Stream

Jon Peterson

Discussion  - 
 
Jon Peterson originally shared:
 
In the early 1980s, TSR tried to develop a syndicated radio show that would promote D&D by broadcasting audio examples of play. I review some excerpts from the unreleased pilot.
In the early 1980s, at the height of the Dungeons & Dragons fad, TSR heavily promoted the game in mainstream media. This went far beyond mere advertisements: they developed dramatic renditions of D&D as media properties. The ...
6
3
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

Discussion  - 
 
On the 42nd anniversary of D&D, a look at the boxed sets that started it all...

https://youtu.be/sQlA6oAyLXg
11
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

Discussion  - 
 
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…
18
5
Joseph Bloch's profile photoAllan Sitte's profile photoSergio Saenz (sirj8080)'s profile photoBrian Barcus's profile photo
4 comments
 
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.
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

Dungeon Master University  - 
 
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 ...
4
1
Joachim Heise's profile photo
 
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..."
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
SFWeekly on the 40th anniversary of D&D, with some remarks from me.
5
2
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

General Discussion  - 
 
Jon Peterson originally shared:
 
Someone's birthday is coming up soon! Commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of Dungeons & Dragons in January 2014.
6
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
811 people
Smocked , smocking, smock Babeeni's profile photo
Shinnosuke Suzuki's profile photo
Alex Osias's profile photo
Kingston Cassidy's profile photo
Exclusive Hire's profile photo
Mark Katakowski's profile photo
Elias Mulhall's profile photo
Bernie Hoeneisen's profile photo
Kasimir Urbanski's profile photo

Jon Peterson

General Discussion  - 
 
On the 42nd anniversary of the publication of Dungeons & Dragons, this video shows the boxed set that started it all...

https://youtu.be/sQlA6oAyLXg
10
Robert Miller's profile photoScott Mob's profile photo
2 comments
 
Nice informative video thank you.
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

Shared publicly  - 
 
I wrote a new piece reviewing the original 1982 unproduced Dungeons & Dragons film script by James Goldman. 
Old-school D&D fans will remember further back than Warner Brothers' recent movie plans: To when TSR touted plans to release a D&D film penned by an Academy Award winning screenwriter.
34
10
Michael L's profile photoAaron Day's profile photoShannon Ferguson's profile photoAxel Castilla's profile photo
15 comments
 
And now that I think about it, I have the temptation of including the Game of Thrones TV Series as well.
I mean, A Game of Thrones tracked back to Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook: https://goo.gl/S6ephx
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

General Discussion  - 
 
 
Terrific public radio interview with Playing at the World author +Jon Peterson about the origins of the RPG hobby.
View original post
3
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

General Discussion  - 
 
Jon Peterson originally shared:
 
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.
32
4
Joe Auerbach's profile photoTony Reyes's profile photoJoe Ipsen's profile photo
4 comments
 
Yeah, I saw the sex score also. How were they using that? Was it supposed to be seduction?
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

Discussion  - 
 
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
37
5
Jon Peterson's profile photoOrion Cooper's profile photoScott Mob's profile photo
4 comments
 
Cool & Happy new year!
Add a comment...

Jon Peterson

Discussion  - 
 
Jon Peterson originally shared:
 
A little write-up about the earliest D&D advertisements of 1974 and 1975.
10
Add a comment...
Jon's Collections
People
Have him in circles
811 people
Smocked , smocking, smock Babeeni's profile photo
Shinnosuke Suzuki's profile photo
Alex Osias's profile photo
Kingston Cassidy's profile photo
Exclusive Hire's profile photo
Mark Katakowski's profile photo
Elias Mulhall's profile photo
Bernie Hoeneisen's profile photo
Kasimir Urbanski's profile photo
Links
Basic Information
Gender
Male