In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by fellow gamer Jack Ward to discuss the granddaddy of tabletop roleplaying- Dungeons and Dragons. The intrepid trio throw on their adventuring gear and delve deep into the many editions of D&D while sharing their thoughts on how D&D became a cultural fixture in our society.  All this, and why you need to roll for initiative right now!… are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

DNA Podcast 020 – Tabletop RPG Memories


In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad Hicks to discuss their love of Tabletop Role-Playing Games. The trio explore the history of TRPGS, and talks about their own experiences and growing up playing these games. Along the way, they discuss the appeal of Gamma World, point based vs. random character creation, and their love of Superhero Gaming. All this, and the future of TRPGs are waiting for you in the 20th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Podcast- Department of Nerdly Affairs Episode 004- Satanic Panic

Rob and Don explore the Ritual Satanic Abuse panic that gripped America during the 1970s and 1980s and how the game Dungeons and Dragons became wrapped up in it. Then, in the second half of the show, the pair dig deep into the cinematic roots that laid the groundwork for Satanism’s grip over the American psyche of the period. All this and 2000 Maniacs are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

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Memories of Gamma World

1st Edition Rules Cover

Back when I was a teenager, there was were only a couple of pen and paper RPGs. Dungeons and Dragons was the most popular, but there was another game spoken of in semi-reverant tones that few played- Gamma World.

Why did people speak of it in semi-reverent tones? Well, D&D was heroic, but Gamma World was, well….THIS!

Really. It was that lethal, which is probably why it was the game that everyone knew, but few played on a regular basis. Everything in the game was designed to kill you- everything.

Legion of Gold Module Cover

They even did a set of less lethal “choose your own adventure” type books for kids, here’s the cover of one of them. (I think I had this one too!)

ART by STOWE: DND for 8 year olds

Illustrator James Stowe was asked to run D&D for his son’s 8th birthday party, so he simplified it and produced what have to be the coolest character sheets ever! Go check the others out. The makers of D&D should be hiring this guy!

  • Barbarian Character Sheet

ART by STOWE: DND for 8 year olds.