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MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

Nov 12, 2020

Roll for initiative as Karen and Blake discuss the history of roleplaying games and the Monster Manual with Jon Peterson.

Jon Peterson (@docetist)  is the author of PLAYING AT THE WORLD A HISTORY OF SIMULATING WARS, PEOPLE, AND FANTASTIC ADVENTURES, FROM CHESS TO ROLE-PLAYING GAMES. He was also a contributor to the recent retrospective volume looking at the game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ART & ARCANA: A VISUAL HISTORY.

His latest book is the official D&D cookbook (for real and actual food) titled HERO'S FEAST.

Mentioned in this episode:

Painting miniatures 

H. G. Wells' Little Wars 

E. Gary Gygax 

Dave Arneson 

TSR (now Wizards of the Coast)

Telengard (computer RPG)

PLATO computer system

Mazes and Monsters 

Backlash against D&D from Patricia Pulling 

The "steam tunnel" case of James Dallas Egbert III.

The D&D Cartoon 

Dungeons & Dragons today