Dave Arneson

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Date of Birth October 1, 1947
Place of Birth Minnesota
Date of Death Apr 7, 2009 (61)
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Dave Arneson

David Lance Arneson was an American game designer best known for co-developing the first published role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, with Gary Gygax, in the early 1970s. Arneson's early work was fundamental to the development of the genre, developing the concept of the RPG using devices now considered to be archetypical, such as adventuring in "dungeons" and using a neutral judge who doubles as the voice and consciousness of all other characters to develop the storyline. Arneson discovered wargaming as a teenager in the 1960s, and began combining these games with the concept of role-playing. He was a University of Minnesota student when he met Gygax at the Gen Con gaming convention in the late 1960s. In 1970 Arneson created the game and fictional world that became Blackmoor, writing his own rules and basing the setting on medieval fantasy elements. Arneson showed the game to Gygax the following year, and the pair co-developed a set of rules that became Dungeons & Dragons.

Born: David Lance Arneson, October 1, 1947, Hennepin County, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: April 07, 2009, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation: Game designer
Nationality: American
Genre: Role-playing games
Children: 1

About Dave Arneson

Co-creator, with Gary Gygax, of the famous role-playing board game Dungeons and Dragons.

Dave Arneson Before Fame

He studied at the University of Minnesota in the late 1960s and went on to create the game Blackmoor, in the early 1970s.

Achievement of Dave Arneson

He taught computer game design at Full Sail University for over a decade.

Dave Arneson Family Life

He had one daughter with his wife, Frankie Ann Morneau.

Associations of Dave Arneson

He worked with artist David Sutherland on the original Dungeons and Dragons game.

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