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Random article table: D&D Documentary gets funded, Playing at the World, Marines who love Marines, and more!

Posted by WJWalton on Sun 16 of Sept., 2012 18:36 PDT
I've been short on free time lately, which can only mean one thing - tt's time for another collection of random articles!

- D&D Documentary has been funded: My original plan was to write a little blurb about how the Kickstarter for the proposed documentary commemorating the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons was in need of funding, but before I could get this update together, a big push from many geek-friendly blogs and sites helped get the funding over the goal. As I write this, there are just two hours left to participate, so if you want in, you'll have to act fast - Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary

- Marines Who Love Space Marines - This Slate article on the popularity of Warhammer 40K among servicemen gives a bit of attention to the history of modern wargames, with a couple quick stops at Little Wars and D&D. Read all about it here. (Thanks to Ed Rishel for the link!)

- Two articles from Wired GeekDad: The first is an interview with the author of Playing at the World:A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures from Chess to Role-Playing Games by Jon Peterson - a book so thorough on the subject that interviewer Ethan Gilsdorf wasn't able to finish it in time before the interview! Read all about it here.

The second is about Play To Decide, a project that "will research how role-playing games can be used to support organizations and communities in democratic decision-making." Matt Cooperrider, the brains behind the project, is looking for input from anyone who may have some insight on using simulation games in this capacity - or just anyone with good ideas. Find out more here.

- A Tribute: Finally, a very touching post on RPGnet, in which a longtime gamer tells the story of how his mother handled his sudden interest in this strange game that was causing such an uproar in the news. It's a classic example of how parenting is done right, and it reminds me a lot of the way my parents handled my sudden interest in RPGs. Read it here.

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