Friday, February 5, 2016

Link: Precursor to Chainmail Fantasy

Jon Peterson of Playing at the World has another ground-breaking, possibly bombshell piece of research that he's dug up about the origins of D&D. Namely: a set of fantasy miniature rules for Tolkien's orcs, wizards, dragons, etc., written by one Leonard Patt, and published by the New England Wargamers Association in 1970 (and recipient of "Best of Show" award at the Miniature Figure Collectors of America convention that year).

Notably, much of the rules and rules language is shared by the later Chainmail Fantasy supplement by Gygax and Perren (and hence incorporated into D&D after that). I find these observations by Peterson to be fascinating and compelling. I, for one, am very happy to have a better understanding of the origins of the game from this work. Thanks once again to Mr. Peterson for bringing this to light, and also to Mr. Patt for his initial ideas!


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