Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Accurate and True Historical Timeline of FRPGs

For years, I've been reading bloggers talking about the Golden Age and the Silver Age of TSR or of D&D.  Gritting my teeth through such ill-executed attempts, I thought it was time, once and for all, to publish an accurate timeline with unprejudiced year divisions and names that reflected a true understanding of the state-of-affairs.  That's right: mine.  As all things that are self-evidently true once one has grasped the terms, I shall not argue for it, but merely proclaim it for universal reception.  You can now replace outdated schema: merry third day of Christmas!  :-)

Historical Timeline of Fantasy Role-Playing Games
Ages of Prehistoric Warfare
The Copper Age
The Golden Age
The Silver Age
The Electrum Age
The Platinum Age


  1. I subscribe to a pre- and post-lapsarian schema, myself. Stuff written by Sandy Petersen, Malcolm Dale & Klaude Thomas, Greg Costikyan, Zak S and several other authors is pre-lapsarian; stuff by most game designers, including much of EGG's work, is post-lapsarian. Ken Hite is self-consciously post-lapsarian but nevertheless a hoot.

  2. I just like that you use the term "pre-lapsarian" at all. :)

  3. Heh-heh.

    Richard, I'd like to see a fancy and complex chart in which you also work in the tribulation (2008?), the rapture, etc.