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May 30, 2023

Author and D&D historian Mike Witwer shares the details on his newest book The Legend of Drizzt Visual Dictionary, which is not only chock full of goodness on everyone’s favorite drow but the Forgotten Realms in general (as Mike puts it, "the Drizzt books are the greatest tour of the Forgotten Realms that the setting has ever gotten"). Mike has several other projects going as well, including a sequel to Art & Arcana focusing on 5E, and a young adult novel featuring a historic game and a town that might seem familiar to D&D fans! Some D&D movie discussion. The importance of documenting D&D and RPG history. Shane poses a tough question to Mike on what magic items he would choose from the Drizzt books. What books would Mike recommend to introduce someone to Drizzt?

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #268 - 5/30/2023

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SHOW NOTES

Drizzt trivia:

  • First novel: The Crystal Shard in 1988
  • 38 books as of August 9, 2022
  • 39th book releasing in August 2023: Lolth's Warrior
  • Over 35 million copies of Drizzt books sold

Drizzt Do'Urden on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drizzt_Do%27Urden

The Legend of Drizzt series on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Drizzt 

Dungeons and Dragons The Legend of Drizzt Visual Dictionary
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dragons-Legend-Drizzt-Dictionary/dp/1465497846/ 

Lore & Legends: A Visual Celebration of the Fifth Edition of the World's Greatest Roleplaying Game
https://www.amazon.com/Lore-Legends-Celebration-Greatest-Roleplaying-ebook/dp/B09WD4HD82 

Vivian Van Tassel and the Secret of Midnight Lake
https://www.amazon.com/Vivian-Tassel-Secret-Midnight-Lake/dp/1665918195/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

May 12, 2023

Chris Holmes has a unique historical perspective on fiction writer John Eric Holmes and Holmes Basic D&D, given that he’s JEH’s son. Chris is doing cool stuff in his own right, including his fantasy art and a day job where he gets to introduce kids to D&D. Chris’s posthumous RPG project with his father called Things Better Left Alone. How much did JEH make for creating the first D&D Basic edition? Chris and Shane have different approaches to playing with alignment. What is Chris’s favorite D&D edition (it’s a trick answer). Edgar Rice Burroughs. Send in the Pinkertons! Tarzan’s super power. Weresharks. Ask Cthulhu. Zombie movies, Rob Zombie, Dragula, and Sherlock Holmes.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #267 - 5/12/2023

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SHOW NOTES

John Eric Holmes on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Eric_Holmes 

Chris Holmes Website:
http://www.holmeswest.com/ 

Things Better Left Alone module from Pacesetter Games based on J. Eric Holmes map from Holmes Basic D&D
https://www.facebook.com/groups/310434204630/posts/10160416579069631/ 
-Chris Holmes contributes art, which Bill Barsh calls “Holmesian”

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

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