Sep 4, 2015

Alarums & Excursions - Early Pieces of Gaming History

Alarums & Excursions is a fanzine that started in the mid-70's. Each issue is compiled from articles by a number of individual contributors by Lee Gold who has been running the operation up to this day. It primarily focusses on D&D, but it also has comments, features, notes, and expository on game sessions. 

Looking back on it from the perspective of 2015 it is like reading a combination Blog + Forum in slow motion. Where the posts and responses are once a month, rather than instantly. It is a truly fascinating piece of gaming history that gives insight on how RPG's were played in the 70's and early 80's.

I've put a couple of issues up on eBay for sale, these are from 1982. I've read them to death (and kept them in good condition!) and think its time for them to go to a new home. Hopefully you'll get as much enjoyment out of them as I have. Check them out!


  1. I almost contributed to A&E (subscribed for a couple years)....but at the time there was a fee to pay Lee to cover the cost of your contribution, and in the end I decided to do my own fanzine. Ah those were good slow motion blogs, indeed!

  2. Yep, I agree with fact that alarums & excursions are fascinating piece of gaming history . It's great to know how people were played 40 or 50 years ago.