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Tabletop role-playing games play on the heart

Dimension 20’s Brennan Lee Mulligan takes firsthand gameplay to create dynamic storytelling with uncertain endings for everyone involved.


From left to right: Artwork of the table top role-playing game Wanderhome, Brennan Lee Mulligan of Dimension 20, and cover of Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons


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Tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons were perceived as a threat to society. How did games played with a stack of papers and dice reach the highest peaks of pop culture status?

Brennan Lee Mulligan, renowned game master of Dimension 20, joins us to share the behind-the-scenes of the hit streaming show and answers your gameplay questions. He has led multiple campaigns for the show, including concept and character design, creation, and hosting, often with improvised dialogue and storylines, depending on the other performer’s actions.

Then, Jon Peterson, the author of Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons, guides us through the invention and rise of one of the most successful of the modern era. How did Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson create one of the most successful products in game history, only to find themselves at a loss during the height of their fame and fortune?

And Jay Dragon, creator of the award-winning game Wanderhome, shares how the pandemic changed the concept of role playings games from horror and competition to healing trauma with collaboration as the goal. Crowd-sourcing campaigns are the go-to for independent game companies that produce tabletop games like Yazeba’s Bed & Breakfast, which can face many hurdles as game lovers become game makers.


Brennan Lee Mulligan

Jon Peterson

Jay Dragon

A trailer for Dimension 20’s fifth season can be seen below, which takes Candyland-type elements with Game of Throne-level stakes.

This episode of Town Square is guest-hosted by Brenda Valdivia, in for Ernie Manouse.

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