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Friday, October 5, 2018

Lookit All the Dave Arneson Posts!!

You could go to Compiled List of Dave Arneson Day & Blackmoor Week and read any additions, updates, or corrections since today's date (10/5/18) or you can just read the copied-from-the-original-but-may-be-wrong list below. We do cater to people like ourselves, that is to say, on the lazy side. Or old and tired. One excuse is as good as the other.

Compiled Complete List (of everything we can locate)

Pre-Announcement of Dave Arneson Game Day October 1, 2018 posted on 9/22/2018

Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 Coming Up!
(Eight Days a Week)(Google if you don't get the reference)
Blackmoor Week is September 24th through October 1st (yeah we know that is eight days) and October 1st is Dave Arneson Game Day. Several people who have blogs are posting in celebration of the Week and of The Day.

Day One Blackmoor Week Blog Posts for September 24, 2018

Celebrating Blackmoor Week (Day One)
Blackmoor Week Day One and Dave Arneson Game Day
Blackmoor Week Day ONE
Blackmoor Week Day One
Blackmoor Week Day ILet's Celebrate Blackmoor Week 2018

Day Two Blackmoor Week Blog Posts for September 25, 2018

Celebrating Blackmoor Week (Day Two)
Blackmoor Week Day Two and Dave Arneson Game Day
Blackmoor Week Day TWO
Blackmoor Week Day Two
Blackmoor Week Day II

Day Three Blackmoor Week Blog Posts for September 26, 2018

Celebrating Blackmoor Week (Day Three)
Blackmoor Week Day Three and Dave Arneson Game Day
Blackmoor Week Day THREE
Blackmoor Week Day Three
Blackmoor Week Day III

Day Four Blackmoor Week Blog Posts for September 27, 2018

Celebrating Blackmoor Week (Day Four)
Blackmoor Week Day Four and Dave Arneson Game Day
Blackmoor Week Day FOURBlackmoor Week Day FourBlackmoor Week Day IV
he Mystery of Dave Arneson's Engine

Day Five Blackmoor Week Blog Posts for September 28, 2018

Celebrating Blackmoor Week (Day Five)
Blackmoor Week Day Five and Dave Arneson Game Day
Blackmoor Week Day FIVE
Blackmoor Week Day Five
Blackmoor Week Day V

Day Six Blackmoor Week Blog Posts for September 29, 2018

Celebrating Blackmoor Week (Day Six)
Blackmoor Week Day Six and Dave Arneson Game Day
Blackmoor Week Day SIX
Blackmoor Week Day Six
Blackmoor Week Day VI
When Dave Arneson Changed the World (Murkhill's )

Day Seven Blackmoor Week Blog Posts for September 30, 2018

Celebrating Blackmoor Week (Day Seven)
Blackmoor Week Day Seven and Dave Arneson Game Day
Blackmoor Week Day SEVEN
Blackmoor Week Day Seven
Blackmoor Week Day VII
Celebrating Blackmoor Week 2018

“Who in the World is Dave Arneson?” A Dave Arneson Homage, Part 1 of 2 by James Maliszewski posted at Goodman Games

Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 Blog Posts for October 1, 2018

Dave Arneson Game Day celebrated today on his birthday October 1st 2018
Dave Arneson Game Day (October 1st 2018)
Dave Arneson Game Day today October 1st, 2018
October First 2018 "Dave Arneson Game Day"!
At Last It Is Here - Dave Arneson Game Day!
Happy Birthday Dave Arneson

Learning from Dave Arneson’s Published Works A Dave Arneson Homage, Part 2 of 2 by James Maliszewski

Happy Dave Arneson Day! by Bruce Heard
Spooky Blackmoor: The Horseman of the North
David Fant, Baron of Blackmoor (Interview)
"WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?" -- DAVE ARNESON'S LEGACY (Today is Dave Arneson's birthday, also known as Dave Arneson Game Day.)

Other Posts on Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 October 1, 2018

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Dave Arneson Game Day 2018!
Happy birthday Dave Arneson! (2018)
GS3 Castle Newgate Gazeteer by Greg Svenson (DA Day Release) (For Members only)
Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 - Coming soon!
Blackmoor Living World (DA Day 2018 Release)
Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 - Official Discussion! 
Maliszewski on Dave Arneson Dave Arneson Game Day 2018
Living Blackmoor (DA Day 2018 Release)
Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 - Preparation Thread
GS3 Castle Newgate Gazeteer by Greg Svenson (DA Day Release)

A partial list of Dave Arneson Game Day Posts. 

Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 Highlights!

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(Grandpa back now, and signing off..  *jeep!)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

When Dave Arneson Changed the World (Murkhill's )

It is with reluctance that I write about Dave Arneson Week.

Reluctance, because much of the impetus is that Dave Arneson is dead and we on this mortal
plane have lost so much knowledge of what was, what is, and what could yet be. Dave Arneson
Week, or Blackmoor Week if you prefer, is 24 September through 1 October. That’s an eight-day
week, and I think Sir Arneson would have liked that incongruity. And we never appreciated Dave
as much while he was available, as we do now.

You understand that Dave invented the roleplaying game, also known as rpg or rolegame. Not just
a new game, but a new kind of game, with implications that reach back to the very purpose of
games. “Why do children play games to the exclusion of almost everything else? Why is Let’s
Pretend their most popular type of game?” have asked specialists and parents for ages, and the
answer is always “to learn.” If you ask “to learn what?” the answers vary from “to learn how to grow
up” to “to learn everything!”

Why did we ever stop playing Let’s Pretend when we stopped being children?

Dave not only got us playing Let’s Pretend, he made it grown-up and edifying. We simulated the
fantastic and the not-so-fantastic, and we learned - whether we wanted to or not - a little more
about other people and about ourselves. The sages advised us to walk a mile in another man’s
shoes. Dave got us walking and adventuring in other men’s shoes, in women’s shoes, and in the
shoes of creatures who never wore any shoes. We serendipitously bumped into our assumptions
and others’ -- and while we may not have always examined those assumptions (a shocking
number of players never have!) we did bump into them.

All this is to say that something new is still going on, even when blanded as much as
mass-production can bland. On the other hand, mass-production means that more is available to
more people than could have been under the hands of only one, or two, or a few gamesmasters.
You may play Dungeons & Dragons, the first “professional” rpg, which carries Dave’s name as
merely a co-creator (for D&D grew out of Dave’s home game, which we call Blackmoor
because that was the name of the castle and because there was no name) or any other rolegame
that existed, exists, or will exist. You still owe your game’s origins to Dave Arneson.

I have friends in various careers of advising, counseling, medicating, and so forth - who use
Arneson’s inventions of rulings, simulations, and “fly by the seat of your pants” connections in
logic - to bring health and career advancement advice to their patients and clients. The Real
World benefits of rolegaming and its usage (sometimes in “mere” dialog) were used in teaching
by Dave fairly early in his teaching career. I used it in training “problem soldiers”
who were ‘given’ to me by other supervisors; a last-ditch effort to turn bad attitudes into positive
and creative men and women. Except for one person, these techniques and attitudes worked.
And yes, sometimes it was painful. No evil dragon was ever defeated without sacrifice in games,
fiction, or real life.

There’s a book you should read, which explains this is an almost-algebraic language that the
author is developing just to explain what Dave Arneson’s creation is and what it does. It’s by
Rob Kuntz, one of the unsung creators of what became D&D, and it’s still available at - and I sha’n’t review it now, because I’ve done
a short review before and it deserves a much longer, much better review. Frankly, it deserves a
long, better review by someone who is a better writer - because I can’t explain it without lauding it
Too Much. So very Too Much, that you wouldn’t believe how useful the book is and how much it
barely scratches the surface of what Rob has yet to write. It’s that good.

But it can tell you why and how Dave Arneson is still changing the world. All I can do is tell you that
he still is.

(This is a part of Murkhill's - accept no substitutes)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Lighten up!

Told you that I would be back! Just needed a three-year nap. Don't laugh. You'll be my age soon enough and you'll learn the value of naps. But I had to wake up long enough to tell you about

Interesting Items of Questionable Quality - Volume Two

Today, Dungeons & Dragons takes itself as seriously as a Scrabble competition. ‘Twas not always so, especially in the first D&D world of Dave Arneson's. His Blackmoor campaign was a deathly dangerous world where funny things happened that could kill you.

B. A. Simon (if that's his name) would have fit right in Dave's campaign or even Gygax & Kuntz’s later Greyhawk. There are fish, helmets, and even a corset which can provide wonderful magic assistance in times of danger - or terrible curses at the most inopportune times. Usually both. And they'll generate laughs for everyone but the player's character - even the player, if they're there to have fun.

It's kind of a shame this is hidden behind the DM Guild site, because it would be good for gaming groups to deal with the unexpected. Everyone knows the hit dice and potential danger of a bugbear, but who would suspect a poncho? The attributes of items are easily transferred to other rulesets.

Used minimally, as salt is to soup, the items in the booklet - and your items that you’ll be inspired to create - will similarly spice your campaign.