Alarums and Excursions

"Alarums and Excursions" ("A&E"), is an amateur press association started in June 1975 by Lee Gold (at the request of Bruce Pelz, who felt that discussion of "Dungeons & Dragons" was taking up too much space in Apa-L, the APA of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society) [ [http://www.arielarchives.com/Brett/magazines/alarumsandexcursions.html Bretts RPG Magazine and Zine Index] , entry on Alarums & Excursions, retrieved September 2007] . It was the first publication to focus solely on role-playing games.

Each issue is a collection of contributions from different authors, often featuring game design discussions, rules variants, write-ups of game sessions, reviews, and comments on others contributions. It was a four-time winner of the Charles Roberts/Origins Award, winning "Best Amateur Adventure Gaming Magazine" in 1984 [ [http://www.originsgamefair.com/awards/1984 The Charles Roberts Awards 1984] , retrieved September 2007] , "Best Amateur Game Magazine" in 1999 [ [http://www.originsgamefair.com/awards/1999 Origins Awards 1999] , retrieved September 2007] , and "Best Amateur Game Periodical" in 2000 [http://www.originsgamefair.com/awards/2000 Origins Awards 2000] , retrieved September 2007] and 2001.

Although game reports and social reactions are common parts of many A&E contributions, it has also, over the years, become a testing ground for new ideas on the development of the RPG as a genre and an art form. The idea that role-playing games "are" an art form took strong root in this zine, and left a lasting impression on many of the RPG professionals who contributed.

Over the years, contributors have included:
* Wilf K. Backhaus
* Greg Costikyan
* John M. Ford
* E. Gary Gygax
* David A. Hargrave
* Rob Heinsoo
* Robin Laws
* Steve Marsh
* Phil McGregor
* Dave Nalle
* Mark Rein•Hagen
* John T. Sapienza, Jr.
* Edward E. Simbalist
* Jonathan Tweet
* Erick Wujcik

The role-playing game "Over the Edge" was inspired by discussions in A&E.

"Alarums and excursions" is a stage direction for the moving of soldiers across a stage, used in Elizabethan drama. [ [http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/alarums+and+excursions alarums and excursions - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary ] ]

References

External links

* http://thestarport.org/xeno/aande.html


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