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RPG(ology) – ★ Interview : dnd (PLATO) Creators Gary Whisenhunt & Ray Wood

Follow Me on Pinterest Expand this description for more links and another interview! This is the best video for learning about dnd for PLATO, which is a very old game.

In the mid 1970s Gary Whisenhunt and Ray Wood created one of the earliest computer roleplaying videogames, dnd, which also happened to be one of the first “fan games”. It was inspired by Dungeons & Dragons though had different mechanics. Although little known today, their work pre-dates much better known series like Ultima, Wizardry and Dragon Quest — and is the basis for many game elements now commonly seen in videogames, such as ‘bosses’.

dnd, also known as the ‘Game of Dungeons’, was distributed on the PLATO, a pioneering mainframe-based time-sharing system for computer assisted instruction which had many features modern internet users would recognize today; chat rooms, multiplayer games and email. The mainframe was remotely accessed through a system of plasma display terminals found in classrooms and libraries in many college campuses across the world.

Gary and Ray later turned development of dnd over to Dirk and Flint Pellett, who continued to refine its mechanics into the 80s. I was able to track down all four authors by email and interview them; this video was conducted with only Gary and Ray, but a more in-depth interview with all four creators can be found on my website,

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