The Play Generated Map and Document Archive (PlaGMaDA) papers contain materials from 1974 through 2014, with the bulk of the documents dated between the 1980s and 2000 (though, many materials have no denoted date). This collection comprises hand-drawn maps, notes, sketches, role-playing game character sheets, rules, game modules (both published and manuscript), published reference materials, convention information, and other documentation created by numerous players of assorted role-playing games.
Tim Hutchings, Founding Director of PlaGMaDA, compiled these donated materials and constructed the organizational system used to manage the files. PlaGMaDA scanned the majority of its documents for display on its website, plagmada.org. Hutchings labeled his folders or boxes with a four-digit number; the last two digits of the donation year, followed by the sequential number of the order in which the donation was received, yielded the donation identifier. (For example, the second donation received and scanned in the year 2013 would be given an identifier of “1302.”) When a letter follows the four-digit number, PlaGMaDA further divided the donation during the scanning process. Hutchings also indicated the name (or gamer handle) of the donor, when possible. (Two of the larger donations were not subdivided by PlaGMaDA but were organized at The Strong for easier research use.) During archival processing at The Strong, folders were labeled with descriptions of document types within each donation, as well as the game(s) represented, when identifiable.
A significant portion of this collection relates to the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (“D&D”) and its more complex edition, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (“AD&D”). Other games represented throughout these materials include Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars Roleplaying Game, Living Greyhawk, Mutants & Masterminds, Champions, Heroic, T.W.E.R.P.S., GURPS, and more. Additional scope and content information is listed for each series under the “Contents List” section of this finding aid.
The Play Generated Map and Document Archive (PlaGMaDA) papers are arranged into three series. The materials are housed in 28 archival document boxes and two oversized flat folders.