I am Games Historian Jon Peterson, Author Playing at the World. Ask me anything!
Hi, I'm Jon. I wrote a book called "Playing at the World" which came out in 2012. I think I can say it has been widely accepted as an authoritative, if not overly exhaustive, exploration of the roots and legacy of Dungeons & Dragons, as well as shedding some light on fantasy fiction, wargames, groups like the Society for Creative Anachronism and related phenomena. I blog games on blogpost. I specialize in the early history (like pre-1980) much more than the later events in RPGs, but, I do know a bit about RPGs up to the present. Happy to talk to people today about the history, and to celebrate the birth of D&D 40 years ago!
To prove this account is me posting, check out this post on my blog, which shows I'll be using this username, PlayingAtTheWorld. http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2014/01/40th-d-anniversay-today-on-reddit-riama.html