3D modeler Miguel Zavala spent more than a year creating 300 digital models of Dungeons and Dragons heroes and monsters and put them on Shapeways free for the downloading. If you have a 3d Printer, you want to check these out before a cease-and-desist letter is in the mail from Wizards.
Many moons ago, TSR / Wizards of the Coast released a series of paper buildings for use in D&D games. They’re now available free for the downloading. Any medieval / fantasy wargamer will find these useful. I think they’ve really stood the test of time.
I suspect that many of my readers — like me — "wasted" their teenage years playing Dungeons and Dragons. But it turns out that it wasn’t a waste. The D&Ders of the late 1970s and 1980s now are driving much of mainstream culture. In the Boston Globe, Peter Berbegal has written an op-ed about this. A sample:
Dungeons and Dragons was a not a way out of the mainstream, as some parents feared and other kids suspected, but a way back into the realm of story-telling. This was what my friends and I were doing: creating narratives to make sense of feeling socially marginal. We were writing stories, grand in scope, with heroes, villains, and the entire zoology of mythical creatures.
For the sake of pure nostalga, here’s a (silent) Super 8 film of a Dungeons and Dragons session from the 1980s. It looks a lot like the sessions I remember.
Microlite ’81 is now available in a tablet-friendly edition. The author writes;
The Microlite81 rules are based on the two boxed sets (Basic and Expert) published in 1981, often referred to as B/X. The rules are not intended to be a clone of the B/X rules, but rather a conversion of them to a rules-lite D20-based system that encourages old-school play without strictly old-school rules. Microlite81 is based on the third edition of the original Microlite74 rules.