Alarums and Excursions

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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 Los Angeles's SF Fandom, usually collated at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society).[1] 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,[2] "Best Amateur Game Magazine" in 1999,[3] and "Best Amateur Game Periodical" in 2000[4] and 2001.[4]

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.

The July 2013 collation of Alarums and Excursions was #466.

Over the years, contributors have included:

The role-playing game Over the Edge was inspired by discussions in A&E.[5]

"Alarums and excursions" is a stage direction for the moving of soldiers across a stage, used in Elizabethan drama.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bretts RPG Magazine and Zine Index, entry on Alarums & Excursions, retrieved September 2007
  2. ^ "The 1984 Origins Awards - Presented ad Origins 1985". GAMA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "The 1999 Origins Awards - Presented ad Origins 2000". GAMA. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "The 2000 Origins Awards - Presented ad Origins 2001". GAMA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2014). Designers & Dragons: The '90s 3 (2 ed.). Evil Hat Productions. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-61317-084-7. 
  6. ^ "alarums and excursions". Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 

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