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There are other TTRPGs aside from D&D: A Proposal

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So TSR/WotC/Hasbro's D&D is pretty much the IBM or Ford Motors of tabletop role-playing games.

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Whenever the nerdy conversation comes around to the ancient days of playing role-playing games, most of us remember cutting our teeth on this one first. And sadly, because the intellectual property of D&D is now owned by Hasbro, a huge game and toy company with massive marketing power, the new kids out there, that grew up only with software RPGs, are likely to only hear about D&D when it comes to meatspace RP games.

I think this is rather sad because there are and have been many zillions of other games and rules systems out there over the decades.

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And, so far, it seems unlikely to me that Kotaku, IO9's own Ed Grabianowski or this subsite here is really going to cover this history like I can.* So I'd like to start a sporadic column of sorts to examine some of the history and features of these other rules systems. With this I hope to break some straightjackets and get people to think in new directions. I propose this as an idea.

What say you?

* Not your fault, most y'all are kids and I am older than Dr. Who and nearly as old as Uatu the Watcher so you'd best respect!

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