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Short Film: NPR Looks at the Influence of Tabletop RPGs

by Kenny Hoeschen

Dungeons & Dragons and the Influence of Tabletop RPGs, in discussions with Jon Peterson, author of Playing At the World, Lauren Bilanko, owner of Twenty Sided Store, Wythe Marschall, Game Master, and Ethan Gilsdorf (Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks) PBS Off Book looks at the influence of tabletop games, including Dungeons & Dragons, and their influence on storytelling, Hollywood, and the video game industry.

“Since their growth in popularity in the 1970s, RPGs have had a huge influence not just on players, but on everything from Hollywood to the development of video games. Now, In a world dominated by video games and social media, there remains an enduring interest in gathering around a table and playing games face to face. Beyond cards and board games, Role Playing Games allow not just for interaction and play, but the creativity of storytelling, world creation, and engagement with ideas.The adaptability of D&D and other tabletop RPGs can satisfy players in a way that our digital world still cannot, with unique game mechanics and engagement and limitless use of imagination. As tabletop RPGs enjoy a cultural resurgence, more and more people are discovering the freedom and interactivity that makes them unique.”

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