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Tuesday, August 13, 2002
D&D Creator Q&A
8:44 AM | Tristan Kane | Comment on this story

As part of their coverage of GenCon 2002 the RPG conference, GameSpy has published an interview with Dave Arneson, the self confessed father of role-playing. This article deals mainly with how Dungeons and Dragons was originally developed, but then goes onto issues such as the D&D movie, and a Computer Game Programming course that Dave Arnason teaches at Full Sail University in Florida. Here is an excerpt:

GameSpy: You were involved in the D&D movie, weren't you?
Dave Arneson: I was in the movie as an actor. I was there standing in the background throwing a fireball at a dragon. GameSpy: I don't remember you…
Dave Arneson: (Laughs) Well when you're standing in a 300 foot tower and there's twelve of you throwing fireballs at dragons, I think it's really stupid. But it was all in the movie. Y'know I didn't find out they were making the movie until about halfway through the filming. And then they found out I was alive, instead of the rumor that I was dead, which was why they hadn't tried to contact me. They were nice. They sent me to Prague for a week and since it was a crowd scene they put me in.
This is a very cool interview with one of the founding fathers of modern gaming. It will be of particular interest to anyone who has ever enjoyed a game based on D&D such as the Baldur’s Gate series and Neverwinter Nights. To check it out please use the link below.

Interview with Dave Arneson

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