Friday, July 07, 2006
Believe it or not, RPGs did not originate from Nintendo, Playstation or XBOX. It was a box set of maps, cut out play pieces, player's manual and various dice such as a 20 sided one(d20). You would need some friends as players and one player as a game master. Your characters and events were recorded on paper. And you had to buy seperate adventure sets called a Module, like buying different video game cartridges. D&D was created by Gary Gygax in 1974. We should all appreciate him and thank him, because I know some of you out there at least played either Zelda, Warcraft or Final Fantasy. Yeah you!!!
Frank Frazetta wasn't the only hip 70s Fantasy painter. Most of D&D box art and novels were painted by Larry Elmore: http://www.larryelmore.com/index.htm
Here's the intro of the cartoon released in 1982: