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Allen Hammack Dungeons & Dragons collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
116.9098
Finding Aid Author
Julia Novakovic
Finding Aid Date
31 October 2017
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 1975 – 2016 (Creation)
  • 1975 – 1978 (Creation)

Extents

  • 3.5 Linear Feet (Whole)

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Notes

  • Abstract

    The Allen Hammack Dungeons & Dragons collection is a compilation of original role-playing game campaign materials, notes, hand-drawn and printed maps, manuscript modules, and other related documentation to Dungeons & Dragons campaigns created or co-created by Hammack. The bulk of the materials are undated but most likely from 1976-1978.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donor has not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein), The Strong has permission to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.

  • Custodial History

    The Allen Hammack Dungeons & Dragons collection was acquired by The Strong in December 2016 as a purchase from The Collector’s Trove. The papers were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 116.9098 and were received in two boxes.

  • Preferred citation for publication

    Allen Hammack Dungeons & Dragons collection, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong

  • Processed by

    Julia Novakovic, October 2017

  • Biographical Note

    Allen Hammack is an American game designer and editor, best known for his work on several classic TSR Dungeons & Dragons modules.

    Hammack grew up as a wargaming enthusiast in Alabama. He became involved with Dungeons & Dragons during the 1970s, where he often played the role of a Dungeon Master, crafting the worlds and events of his home campaigns. While attending Gen Con XI, Hammack met TSR founder Gary Gygax, who hired him as a games editor. Hammack went on to develop and edit multiple TSR role-playing products, including many books, guides, and peripherals. Hammack was the primary designer on several published D&D modules, including A3 Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords and C2 Ghost Tower of Inverness. Hammack worked for TSR until 1983, when he left to open a gaming store in his home state.

  • Collection Scope and Content Note

    The Allen Hammack Dungeons & Dragons collection contains original role-playing game campaign materials, notes, hand-drawn and printed maps, manuscript modules, and other related documentation to Dungeons & Dragons campaigns created or co-created by Hammack. The modules featured here include local Inverness campaigns, including the basis for The Ghost Tower of Inverness, as well as the Gormenghast Megadungeon. Also within this collection are a newspaper article and handouts for a class taught by Hammack to parents interested in Dungeons & Dragons.

    The Allen Hammack Dungeons & Dragons collection is arranged into two series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The collection is housed in two archival document boxes and two oversized flat folders.

  • System of Arrangement

    Series I: Inverness campaign design documentation, 1975-2016

    Subseries A: Ghost Tower of Inverness design documentation, 1976-1987, 2016
    Subseries B: Gormenghast game design documentation, 1975-1976, 2015-2016

    Series II: D&D class for parents, 1985, 2016

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    Allen Hammack D&D collection
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    Allen Hammack D&D collection - OS folders

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