Do you know much about the origin of the roleplaying games hobby? Perhaps you know Gary Gygax published Dungeons & Dragons in 1974? A gamer geek might remind you that it was Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax who published the game. D&D was actually a cariation of the Chainmail war game too.
Neal Tringham is an author who writes about this sort of subject. His A First Survey – Science Fiction Hobby Games was released in May of this year and serves as a history and guide to tabletop gaming in the genre. In addition to RPGs the survey also covers model and counter based wargames.
The book is based on Tringham’s contributions to the Hugo Award winning edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Neal has kindly given Geek Native permission to print the entry for the Tribes of the Crane PBM which appears in the book.
The phrases in bold are references to the book’s glossary, which are emboldened in printed copies and presented as hyperlinks in eBook versions.