The images vary widely, but they tend to be very strange and even disturbing—overt sexual acts, defecation, monsters, human-monster hybrids, animals acting like humans. There’s also examples of clergy behaving very badly, the sort of thing you would not expect to see in the margins of a sacred book.
Kaitlin Manning of B & L Rootenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts talks
to Collector's Weekly (previously
) about the exquisitely detailed religious texts surrounded by all manner of illustrated commentary, known today as marginalia
posted by Room 641-A
on Jul 25, 2014 -
How did Pathfinder become the only table-top role-playing game ever
to outsell Dungeons & Dragons, outpacing it 2:1? What were the economics of the Open Gaming License, whereby Wizards of the Coast effectively gave away
the rules to its flagship D&D product? Why did the table-top market collapse?
This and more on Episode 73 of the Game Design Roundtable
podcast, with guest Ryan Dancey, architect of the Open Gaming License strategy at Wizards of the Coast, and former marketing exec at CCP Games (makers of EVE Online). Dancey is now the business lead on Pathfinder Online, an upcoming sandbox fantasy RPG broadly in the mold of EVE and Ultima Online.
is usually about game design, but this episode is a fascinating look into the business side of the RPG world, both online and off -- from someone who has been at the heart of the most interesting business cases in the space. The first 30 minutes are all about business history and economics. [more inside]
posted by grobstein
on Apr 2, 2014 -
"This [129 question] survey
will determine your ability scores, fantasy race, class, alignment, and character level describing what you would be if you were transformed into a Dungeons and Dragons character."
posted by jedicus
on Aug 13, 2013 -
TV REWIND! You're watching Supernatural
, late season 3. (Welcome back! Spoiler alert!) Demon hunter Dean Winchester has sold his soul to a demon to resurrect his brother Sam, a deal that Sam is determined to break before Dean's payment is due.
"A hunt for a dragon in New York City ends with some unexpected changes for Sam and Dean. With the clock ticking down on Dean's deal, can the brothers pull together to save the city?"
You're now watching The Other Side
, a 25-minute Supernatural
fan film created as a volunteer labor of fan love
. Written by novelist Naomi Novik
, The Other Side
is the first episode in a series exploring how fannish tropes, a tricksy dragon, gender issues, and a teeny tiny film budget could have sent Sam and Dean's story in a very
different direction. [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack
on Jun 12, 2013 -
Dungeons and Dragons Classics
-- First Edition. Second Edition. Third and Fourth Editions. Even Basic and Expert sets. Psionics, Magics, Ninja and Samurai, Are you looking for modules? Come on down to DnD Classics! Wizards of the Coast has decided to release D&D sourcebooks as PDFs for your enjoyment and reminiscence.
posted by boo_radley
on Jan 22, 2013 -
The AV Club's Todd Van der Werf enters the Dungeon
"I’ve been at this for three days straight, and I need to start getting back to my everyday life, to start settling back into my real role as a TV critic with -3 dexterity. I go through the motions of playing the good guy, of standing in front of doors as we open them, in case they’re booby-trapped. This, of course, is how I end up getting splashed with copious amounts of acid, which begins to eat away at my health. (“It’s not a second-edition game unless there’s a room full of acid,” Brett says, and everyone agrees.)
Instantly, I’m into it."
posted by Sebmojo
on Mar 21, 2012 -
What happens when a Southern paleontologist falls for a creationist? According to Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, it might go a little something like this
posted by yellowbinder
on Jan 25, 2012 -
If you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons or similar fantasy RPGs, or if you just like reading in-depth analysis of fictional worlds, then the Tome of Awesome
[pdf] is for you. [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Who holds the longest home sell-out streak in professional sports? The Red Sox have the longest streak in major league baseball, just under 700 games (and counting.) The Washington Redskins have sold out 348 straight home games, a streak dating back to 1968. But the longest streak belongs to the Portland Trail Blazers, who sold out 814 straight home dates between 1977 and 1995.
Yesterday, they were joined by the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League
, whose victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods marked their 814th straight sellout. The Dragons, despite playing in an economically troubled
mid-sized city, have sold out every home game the team has ever played
, drawing over 8,000 fans a game, better than most AAA clubs. Dragons manager Delino DeShields
was last seen on MetaFilter
as a hitting coach in the independent Pioneer League. General manager Gary Mayse explains how the Dragons have found success in hard economic times
posted by escabeche
on Jul 3, 2011 -
"I guess it's the stereotype of playing it - [the players] are usually fat, sweaty, hairy dorky men who are socially inept who happen to live in their mom's basement."
Dungeons & Dragons
, the 1974 published fantasy role-playing game that once delivered
to Satan, is still associated with self
, played in secret
(along with embarrassed "comings out"
) and scorned
by jocks/Salon writers and their cheerleader girlfriends everywhere.
But what better way to break, or affirm, the stereotypes, than by listening to a 4th Edition D&D game being played
, featuring not just by some scrubs off the street, oh no, but the creators of Penny Arcade
, Tycho and Gabe? Still not tempted? How about if we throw loved/hated Star Trek actor, prodigious blogger
and all round nice guy Wil Wheaton
into the mix?
All files available as Podcasts and/or embedded in page.
Warning: audio links feature some strong language. [more inside]
posted by Rei Toei
on Jan 22, 2010 -
Here there be dragons.
On 8 October 2008, the #1 book on Amazon.com
was Christopher Paolini’s Brisingr
, the third book of the Inheritance
quartet. The books recount the adventures of Eragon and Saphira, the last Free Dragon, but they are hardly free from past influences
. In medieval lore
, dragons are man’s great foe, a monstrous version of the serpent from the garden of Eden. Raphael’s painting (c. 1506) of St. George and the Dragon
evokes this idea, but dragons and their heraldic
relatives, the wyverns, gained a more positive reputation over time. Look to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle
for the inspiration behind Paolini's dragons, or try Dealing with Dragons
, geared towards younger readers. There be dragons
on bookshelves everywhere.
posted by woodway
on Oct 7, 2008 -
Remember old D&D? What, 3rd edition? Pah! Not 2nd edition AD&D either, nor 1st edition. Not even "original" Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortal. I'm talking really
original D&D, based off of Chainmail wargaming rules. OD&D
! Read about it at Delta's D&D Hotspot
, which discusses the development of a game system that is almost 35 years old. [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Mar 11, 2008 -