A Thought About How the Open System Developed

Many people who played with Dave Arneson said he had a lot of the "rules" for Blackmoor in his head. It wasn't written down. The lore of D&D's early creation was that Dave sent Gary eighteen pages of hand written notes which represented the "rules" of Dave's Blackmoor game. By today's standards, OD&D has a …

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What I Learned from Secrets of Blackmoor: Part II

In this post, I'm going to lay out some concepts I picked up, in part, from the documentary . These lessons align with an important observation made by Rob Kunst. That observation is this; Role playing games are a combination of open and closed systems.  Role-playing games are games in which players can do things that …

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