Dave Arneson Archive

  • The Great Kingdom documentary is the first true-life story, from the family’s perspective, of the creators of Dungeons & Dragons. It is a heart-wrenching adventure of the rise and fall of Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and the people behind the creation of the epic role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons. Not only does D&D still thrive today, but it has deep roots in current online social media like Facebook and the multi-billion dollar video game industry. Chris Haifley, Andrew Pascal, and James Sprattley began filming The Great Kingdom a year ago from private funding, mostly friends and family. The film is 70% finished. In order to complete the film they have posted a […]

    A Dungeons & Dragons documentary about the people behind the scenes

    The Great Kingdom documentary is the first true-life story, from the family’s perspective, of the creators of Dungeons & Dragons. It is a heart-wrenching adventure of the rise and fall of Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson and the people behind the creation of the epic role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons. Not only does D&D still thrive today, but it has deep roots in current online social media like Facebook and the multi-billion dollar video game industry. Chris Haifley, Andrew Pascal, and James Sprattley began filming The Great Kingdom a year ago from private funding, mostly friends and family. The film is 70% finished. In order to complete the film they have posted a […]

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  • On a cold November evening in 1976, in the basement of the downtown library, I met my watery end. My flagship was spotted, attacked and sunk carrying all hands down to their doom. Sighing, I rose from the carpeted floor and congratulated my opponent, handing back to him the tape measure and the little ship figures. I was out of the battle, and now adrift within the meeting of my high school’s War-game Club. So what to do now? It was only 7 pm and my Mom would not be coming to pick me up for another hour, at least. All the other club members were happily engaged in their respective Avalon Hill pursuits leaving me odd man out. Walking around the tables I noticed that there was […]

    Discovering Dungeons & Dragons

    On a cold November evening in 1976, in the basement of the downtown library, I met my watery end. My flagship was spotted, attacked and sunk carrying all hands down to their doom. Sighing, I rose from the carpeted floor and congratulated my opponent, handing back to him the tape measure and the little ship figures. I was out of the battle, and now adrift within the meeting of my high school’s War-game Club. So what to do now? It was only 7 pm and my Mom would not be coming to pick me up for another hour, at least. All the other club members were happily engaged in their respective Avalon Hill pursuits leaving me odd man out. Walking around the tables I noticed that there was […]

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