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    In The Adventure Zone

    I was thrilled to be part of this event to launch The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, the graphic novel adapted from The Adventure Zone comedy and adventure podcast (based loosely on D&D). Brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, and father Clint McElroy, were in Boston at the Wilbur Theater July 19th, 2018, and I was there to interview them/moderate their on stage antics. Thanks for inviting me!



    I celebrated the 1980s

    I was thrilled to be part of NEON RetroFest in Warwick (Providence) on Aug 24.

     The Providence Journal previewed the event here. 

    We played Galaga and Star Castle, and drank Mountain Dew. I talked about "How D&D Changed the World." Peter Bebergal and I nerded out about the 1980s at our "INTELLI-VISION: THE PETER AND ETHAN PUBLIC ACCESS TV SHOW" event-- here's our intro video. Rad!




    I wrote about Dungeons & Dragons for the Ted Ideas site

    Over at website, I wrote "How playing Dungeons & Dragons has helped me be more connected, creative and compassionate" --- in it, I talk about how agency, power, and the imagination can come from fantasy role-playing games. 


    Stranger Things have happened

    I re-enacted a day from the 1980s, in celebration of the new season of Stranger ThingsRead the story here.

    Josh Reynold's photo shoot that captured my day below.




    I talk D&D on Geek Lyfe

    I had a chance to chat about D&D, my book, and other nerdy stuff like if, in the not too distant future, tabletop gaming could disappear completely. Read it here.



    The '80s, 'D&D' And Pre-Tech Nostalgia Return In 'Stranger Things'

    Why is "Stranger Things," the original Netflix sci-fi series full of 1980s nostalgia, synthesized music, kids on bikes and "Dungeons & Dragons," so popular? How do the references to other 1980s films influence the reception of the TV series? I appeared on WBUR's Radio Boston to discuss. Listen to the archived show here.



    The seductive nostalgia of “Stranger Things”

    Over at Salon, I wrote a piece called "Just like ’80s nerd heaven: The seductive nostalgia of “Stranger Things” — and my unexpected ambivalence" that explore how Netflix's supernatural show raids my childhood pop-culture loves, from D&D to E.T. — and I admit, I felt conflicted.



    Why D&D is good for you: the podcast

    The folks at Wizards of the Coast, aka D&D headquarters, kindly invited me to be on their Dragon Talk podcats to pax poetic about D&D and why it's so good for you. Hope you enjoy. You can also grab it on iTunes here.


    I gave a TedX talk "Why Dungeons & Dragons is Good for You (In Real Life)"

    gave a TedX talk entitled "Why Dungeons & Dragons is Good for You (In Real Life)."

    I'm pretty happy with how it came out and I think the positive message about D&D is important to spread. So I'd truly love your help in getting the word out. The more views it gets, and social media likes/retweets/shares it gets, the better chance it has of being featured on the Ted site, which would help prove to the world the game's amazing impact on people's lives. Thanks for watching and helping to spread the word.


    NY Times doc features my 1981 D&D gang

    This The New York Times documentary about D&D and the "Satanic Panic" features two tiny clips from a Super 8 movie I filmed of my old D&D group back in 1981. You'll see us at minute 00:20 and at minute 08:25. Yes, we were (as their expert says over a clip of my old gang rolling dice and goofing off) “the kind of kids and young people who didn’t go to dances or date on the weekends." But we rocked it. Also featuring npted writers Junot Díaz and Cory Doctorow, talking about how D&D was instrumental to their careers, former D&D editor Tim Kask, and private investigator William Dear, who investigated the famous disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III, supposedly caused by D&D.