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Forum poster Mr_Roboto pointed out to me an interesting article over at Cracked.com which talks about the less known people behind pop culture icons. Cracked.com says the following about Dave Arneson:
With Arneson's influence, Chainmail was adapted to include:
- Exploring dungeons
- Using a neutral judge/dungeon master
- Conversations with imaginary characters (NPCs) to develop the storyline
- Hit points
- Experience points
- The concept of role-playing an individual character rather than just rolling dice
So, basically, he put the "R" in RPG.
While it is not the intention of this blogger to try to undermine the legacy of Gary Gygax, it is nice to see Arneson get the credit he deserves.