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Braunstein 2010

Major Wesely has returned to the internet! He left a comment about last year’s Braunstein and his plans for GenCon 2010. Wait, what was Braunstein, you ask? Just the grandfather of D&D and, well, pretty much all the roleplaying games you’ve ever played. I will be once again arriving really late Wednesday/early Thursday (after midnight […]

Ben Robbins | July 23rd, 2010 | history of gaming | 7 comments

Shippensburg Archives

By popular demand, I’ve uploaded the other group photos I have from the Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp. Were you there? Find yourself in the crowd and be amazed how you looked 25 years ago. I’m missing photos of one of the weeks in 82, 83, and 84. If someone out there has those, let me […]

Ben Robbins | September 28th, 2009 | history of gaming | 22 comments

Braunstein On Demand

I just found out that Major Wesely is coming to GenCon, but he doesn’t have any sessions scheduled this year. But I have it on good authority that if people are interested, he’s willing to get together for ad hoc sessions. Do you want a chance to play Braunstein, the grandfather of all roleplaying games? […]

Ben Robbins | July 22nd, 2009 | history of gaming | 20 comments

Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp

Nearly thirty years ago, there was a summer camp for D&D. Yes that’s right, a summer camp where instead of basket weaving and archery, you played Dungeons & Dragons. I went all five years it ran, three years as a camper and two as a councilor. And yes, it was awesome. There is about zero […]

Ben Robbins | May 20th, 2009 | history of gaming | 8 comments

Braunstein Memories Additions

I’ve added the text from the handouts of the GenCon 2008 Braunstein games to the Braunstein Memories page, courtesy of Major Wesely. There are some sections missing, notably the map and some of the characters from Braunstein IV. I’m hoping to get from Major Wesely later — when I do, I’ll add them.

Ben Robbins | October 3rd, 2008 | history of gaming | 1 comment

Braunstein Memories

“That’s _Lieutenant_ Student A to you…” GenCon 2008 has sadly come and gone. If you were part of the lucky crew that came to Major Wesely’s seminars you got to play in the first recreation of the Braunstein games in 40 years, the games that led to the birth of roleplaying games… but you probably […]

Ben Robbins | August 26th, 2008 | history of gaming | 1 comment

Braunstein at GenCon

Want to hear what Major Wesely has to say about Braunstein first hand? If you’re going to GenCon now’s your chance: Play The Braunstein Game Fri noon-4 pm (SEM00151), Embassy Suites – Ambassador II Sat noon-4 pm (SEM00152), Embassy Suites – Ambassador II Make sure to double-check at the con in case they move the […]

Ben Robbins | August 8th, 2008 | history of gaming

Braunstein: the Roots of Roleplaying Games

In 2005 I was standing near the registration booths at GenCon, flipping through the event catalog while the posse debated where to go first. I had already scoured the listings online, but as I glanced across the pages I spotted a word I had somehow missed before: Braunstein. I knew what Braunstein was (sort of) […]

Ben Robbins | August 6th, 2008 | history of gaming | 56 comments