October 1st Dave Arneson Day

30 Ways To Celebrate Dave Arneson Day

1.  Be really nice, but prepared to hand your players their hearts served with Tabasco sauce.

2.  Insert the Goblin Kush mountain chain into your tabletop RPG sandbox. Watch your players tremble. (See page 3 of DA1 Adventures In Blackmoor for more info.)

3.  Set up a miniature battlefield in a university’s student union.

4.  Begin building your very own fantasy world. Start by thinking up a name for it.

5.  Find a copy of Gettysburg, by Avalon Hill and play it.

6.  Sit down and write a Thank You letter to the University of Chicago, thanking them for that time when their professors thanked Dave (in writing) for the 1974 release of D&D. Also ask them if they’re still “using the concept in extra normal ways for teaching college students” as Robert Kuntz reported in his book (Dave Arneson True Genius.)

7.  Add technology to your campaign world.

8.  Insert the entire Temple of the Frog adventure module into your tabletop RPG sandbox. Watch a shiver run up your players’ spines.

9.  Come up with some great ideas while shoveling snow during a Minnesota winter. (It’s how all the good ideas start in Minnesota.)

10.  Crack open a history textbook and read a chapter.

11.  Play an RPG using rock/paper/scissors rather than dice.

12. Play a monk or assassin character.

13.  Design a patch that reads MMSA, sew it onto a shirt, and wear that shirt with pride on this day..

14.  Don’t worry about a game’s rules, just make your own house rules on the spot.

15.  When enjoying your favorite tabletop RPG, remember to keep it “loose so you can change things that aren’t working,” as per Dave’s interview which appeared in Kobold Quarterly issue #9, in 2009.

16.  Enjoy the day in attendance at the reenactment of a famous Revolutionary War battle.

17.  Dust off the Braunstein and Chanmail games, and enjoy an afternoon with these classics.

18.  Send your medieval armed players on an adventure in a space ship dungeon.

19.  Insert Benbow’s Hectare into your tabletop RPG sandbox. Watch your players hearts skip a beat. (See page 10 of DA3 City Of The Gods for more info.)

20.  Help to create a system in scrawled notes across 17 pages of yellow notebook paper (on any nearby piece of scrap paper, including a paper grocery bag) that creates a whole new genre of gaming, and still seek to find ways to improve yourself after your creation is a worldwide success that spans generations past even your own life.

21.  Sit down and watch the entirety of Ken Burns’ Civil War or Vietnam.

22.  Make a PC named after Dave Arneson, e.g. Wavey Davey, Arnie the Carnie, et cetera

23.  Help to create a system in scrawled notes across 17 pages of yellow notebook paper (on any nearby piece of scrap paper, including a paper grocery bag) that creates a whole new genre of gaming, and still seek to find ways to improve yourself after your creation is a worldwide success that spans generations past even your own life.

24.  Say “just roll the dice and I will tell you what happened.”

25.  Crack open a history textbook and drop your players into a chapter.

26.  Plan a visit to Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL) where the student game development studio space was named Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor Studios.  While there, plan to also play in an old-school TSR campaign near Full Sail’s entrance.

27.  Carry your prototype games in a big Ziploc bag.

28.  Study some Naval battles.

29.  Watch an episode of the classic Dark Shadows television series.

30.  Read a chapter of Tolkien.

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