This year’s Special Guest at VENGER CON is none other than Griffith Morgan.
Griff is the co-director of, Secrets of Blackmoor the documentary on the origin of role playing games. He also has co-authored the RPG book, The Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg. This book features Greg Svenson’s dungeon from 1973 that had been thought lost for 35 years.
Griff’s interests lie in preserving older games and game play. He is running a variety of games that come from the time when RPGs were first being created.
Fletcher Pratt’s, Naval Wargame (1937)
This is a rules-lite ship to ship combat game that simulates WWI and WWIi naval engagements. Each player will get a chance to captain a battle ship in this fast playing game. The miniatures used in this session come from the personal collection of Dan Nicholson who was one of the original players in Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor campaign. Fletcher Pratt is considered an influence on D&D because many claim this is the game where Hit Points were first used for tracking damage.
Dave Arneson’s, Battle in the Skies (1973)
This is an unpublished manuscript of rules that were redacted from original D&D because Gygax felt they were too long to be included in small format D&D booklets. Based on Mike Carr’s, Fight in the Skies, the game simulates fantasy combat between airborne creatures over the town of Blackmoor. As a war game style simulation it features all kinds of creatures from vampires and balrogs, to gargoyles and dragons.
The Lost Dungeons of Tonisborg (1973)
This is a very old dungeon. In fact, it is so old that it predates the publication of Dungeons & Dragons. Join a party of adventurers and explore the depths of antiquity in an old School ‘Grip it and Rip it’ style dungeon dive. If you’ve never played original D&D, this is your chance to experience what it was like to play the game when it was first released, in a time when rulings mattered more than rules.
Secrets of Blackmoor (documentary)
Blackmoor is the name of a fictional world created by David Arneson in 1971. It is also the prototype for Dungeons & 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.
In 2012 a film crew set out on a 6 and a half year journey in order to discover who invented role playing games. They visited 12 cities, shot 200 hours of footage, and examined 20,000 documents and photos, the answer to their quest may surprise you.
Come watch the documentary film and discover The True History of Dungeons and Dragons.
There will be a Q&A session with the both movie makers following the screening.
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