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Chapter 32: E. Gary Gygax, featuring Chris Tallman

Chapter 32: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes Dungeons & Dragons creator E. Gary Gygax (Chris Tallmanto the podcast.  Put down your dice, pick up your inhalers, and listen!


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Category:comedy -- posted at: 4:51pm PDT

  • Agree w/Floyd above - this episode in particular was just delightful. Spreading the good word of 826LA and Dead Authors Pod as fast as I can. Thanks to HG and Mr. Tallman (for no particular reason).

    posted by: Anne on 2014-05-02 12:08:30

  • I LOVED this one. Perhaps you have to have been a bit of a D&D geek (or a geek in general) to get into it, but this was my favorite one. Just edging Walt Whitman. I've started yelling "Dungeon Rules!!!!" at the most inopportune moments. Frightens the hell out of my students (I'm an ESL teacher in Japan).

    posted by: Floyd McDaniel II on 2014-03-31 05:18:04

  • I believe all of Mr. Wells' time jumping has given him some long term memory issues. He claims to not know much about wargames, but as EVERYONE knows Wells himself wrote one of the first commercial wargames: "Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books" There's even illustrated proof: Get better, H.G.!

    posted by: Garrett on 2014-03-20 00:54:40

  • Dear Garrett: You're correct of course! That's probably why Mr. Wells mentions, in this very episode, having written that very manual. Thanks for intermittently listening! - The Producers

    posted by: The Producers on 2014-08-07 02:12:00

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