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Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons (2019)

Blackmoor is the name of a fictional world created by David Arneson. It is also the prototype of Dungeons and Dragons, the first published role playing game. Unlike other fantasy worlds, ... See full summary »
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Dave Arneson Dave Arneson ... Self
Griffith Mon Morgan III Griffith Mon Morgan III ... Narrator (voice)
John Arneson John Arneson ... Self
Malia Arneson Malia Arneson ... Self
Ross Maker Ross Maker ... Self
David Megarry David Megarry ... Self
David Wesely David Wesely ... Self
Bob Meyer Bob Meyer ... Self
Greg Svenson Greg Svenson ... Self
Stephen Rocheford Stephen Rocheford ... Self
David Belfry David Belfry ... Self
Shelly Britton-Maker Shelly Britton-Maker ... Self
Jeff Berry Jeff Berry ... Self
Bob Bledsaw Bob Bledsaw ... Self
Jim Ford Jim Ford ... Self
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Blackmoor is the name of a fictional world created by David Arneson. It is also the prototype of Dungeons and Dragons, the first published role playing game. Unlike other fantasy worlds, such as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, Blackmoor is a living world that is being explored to this day. Secrets of Blackmoor investigates the origins of the role playing game, through candid interviews, archival footage, and newly discovered artifacts. In 1964, David Wesely becomes a founding member of a club that includes history buffs, model makers, and miniature collectors. Hiding within the group, however, are a bunch of college students who are interested in war gaming. Within a year, the gamers meet a high school kid named Dave Arneson who is playing war games with his friends in his parents' basement. These gamers have no idea that they will change the face of this hobby forever. Their only concern for now, is how to simulate the reality of war, and above all, they just want to have fun. Their ...

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Compelling Documentary of the evolution of role playing games.
7 March 2020 | by senseichrisbrandonSee all my reviews

I have to be honest, I viewed the unedited version at Gary Con XI 2019. I just received the kick-starter edited version in the mail. A very professional product, the high definition color video is superb, the sound is excellent, and the captions a complimentary addition. The story flows smoothly and is easy to follow. The subject matter is thoroughly researched and very well substantiated, given the restriction, decay and degradation of such historical subject matter, no fault of the author. It was a well chronicled documentary of Arneson's participation in, if not the foundation of, the role playing game phenomena. A compelling argument has been made for Arneson's significant role, for sure. Overall an excellent and professionally produced documentary of Arneson's critical role in the evolution of role playing games. An excellent addition to any collectors set of historical gaming documentaries. I recommend it highly.


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8 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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