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Fight Like Channing Tatum (Online): A Short, Bloody History of Roman War Games
Posted January 21, 2011 to photo album "Fight Like Channing Tatum (Online): A Short, Bloody History of Roman War Games"
As The Eagle’s battle scenes demonstrate, the Roman Army was one of history’s most effective war machines. Legions of gamers, both in board games and online, have tried to emulate them.
Slide 3: Dungeons and Dragons Suit up the Player
In 1974, the gaming world was revolutionized by Dungeons and Dragons, an original game created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson that was set in a fantasy medieval world. Rather than move miniatures representing army squadrons, the players of this first “role-laying game” created characters and accrued experience, wealth and stature through adventures that were talked-through as much as charted. Yes, there were dice rolls, battles and grids, but there was also individual psychology, personality and imagination. Indeed, D&D games were stamped with the individual characters of their “dungeon masters” as much as game designers.