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Articles about Dungeons & Dragons

Archives: The History of TSR
Wizards of the Coast provides a timeline from 1966 to 1999 with information about Dungeons & Dragons, various versions of the games, and the development and dissolution of companies that developed and published Dungeons & Dragons
“Dave Arneson Interview” by Allen Rausch.
Rausch talks with Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, about how he met Gary Gygax, how they developed Dungeons & Dragons, his contributions to the game, what he is currently doing, and what else he has done since the 1980’s.  Arneson discusses how he decided to focus on individual characters rather than a whole army and the importance of this idea in the development of role-playing games. He also mentions that, at one time, he went to schools and talked about how role-playing could be used educationally.
“Gary Gygax Interview: Part 1” by Allen Rausch.
Rausch talks with Gygax about gaming, the development of Dungeons & Dragons, authors that influenced him, how Dungeons & Dragons became popular, and controversy in the early 1980’s. Among other things, this interview addresses claims from the early 1980’s that the game promotes witchcraft and/or suicide. Gygax discusses how the media distorted the facts and did not retract incorrect information.
“Gary Gygax Interview: Part 2” by Allen Rausch.
Gygax discusses the current incarnation of Dungeons & Dragons, the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, an online game being developed, and some of his other projects, including books he is writing.
“Magic & Memories: The Complete History of Dungeons & Dragons” by Allen Rausch.
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/538/538262p1.html (Part I: Companions & Chainmail)
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/539/539197p1.html (Part II: Mazes & Monsters)
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/539/539628p1.html (Part III: Tyrants & Wizards)
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/539/539972p1.html (Part IV: Repairs & Resurrections)
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/540/540509p1.html (Part V: Atari & Eberron)
Allen Rausch’s excellent series of articles on the history of Dungeons & Dragons was prepared for Dungeons & Dragons 30th anniversary in 2004.  Rausch provides very detailed information about the origins of the game, conflicts and controversies, different publishers, and changes in the game’s rules. 
“Magic & Memories: The Dungeons & Dragons Index” by GameSpy staff.
Game Spy.com (Aug. 13, 2004)
As a celebration of Dungeons & Dragons’ 30th anniversary, GameSpy presented a series of articles about the game’s history. The Index helps navigate through the articles.
"What Happened to Dungeons and Dragons" by Darren Waters.
BBC News (April 26, 2004)
This article provides some history of the game and mentions controversies that arose during the height of the game’s popularity.
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