Le Guide du rôliste galactique (GRoG)

Conserve les références des JDR francophone et étranger, fournit des critiques, mais rédige aussi des biographies des acteurs (auteur, traducteur, éditeur, illustrateur…).


Le Wiki des fanzines de JDR francophones


Centre national du Jeu ?

Et sa mission de conservatoire: http://www.cnjeu.fr/

Musée du jeu (au sens play) en France ?

Pas encore manifestement, on trouve des musées consacrés aux jeux traditionnels (jeu de paume, échecs…), aux jeux vidéo (Paris, 2010, inaccessible depuis la même année ; Strasbourg, 2017), aux jouets.

Peut-être que le JDR aurait sa place au Musée de l’art ludique (Paris, 2013) : http://artludique.com/musee.html




Ouvrages sur l’histoire du JDR en France

Ouvrages sur l’histoire du JDR aux USA et ailleurs

Play Generated Map and Document Archive (PlaGMaDA)

“PlaGMaDA's mission is to preserve, present, and interpret play generated cultural artifacts, namely manuscripts and drawings created to communicate a shared imaginative space.  The Archive will solicit, collect, describe, and publicly display these documents so as to demonstrate their relevance, presenting them as both a historical record of a revolutionary period of experimental play and as aesthetic objects in their own right.  By fostering discussion and educating the public, it is hoped that the folkways which generate these documents can be encouraged and preserved for future generations.”

Cet organisme peut rééditer des fanzines par souscription en ligne comme The Oracle https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/timh/the-complete-the-oracleadandd-fanzine-reprint-1982

Son fond a été donné au Strong national Museum of Play


The Tékumel Foundation

“The mission of the Tékumel Foundation is to encourage, support and protect the literary works and all related products and activities surrounding Professor M.A.R. Barker’s world of Tékumel and the Empire of the Petal Throne. To accomplish this the Foundation was formed in 2008 as a nonprofit corporation under Minnesota Statute 317A, as is appropriate for public charities and private foundations, under IRS Code sections 501©(3) or 509(a).”

Cette fondation s’attache à:

*La production d’un fanzine ;

*rééditer tout le matériel indisponible au format PDF (sur la plateforme RPGNow) et en impression à la demande ;

*publication de matériel jusque là non publié ;

* à travailler en partenariat avec des licences comme FATE, une ligne de figurines, etc.

*soutenir des actions lors des conventions

*Licenser des proposition du fandom.



Gygax Memorial

"The specific objectives and tax exempt purpose of this 501(C)(3) organization shall be:

  • To commission and place a memorial in a public park of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to honor Gary Gygax by commemoration of literary achievement in the creation of Dungeons & Dragons and other published works

  • To maintain this memorial in perpetuity

  • To sponsor informational events open to the public which focus on his work

  • To engage in other activities related to educating the public about his achievement

  • And to establish a scholarship program in his name for students with a demonstrated need for assistance to study at an accredited college or university

+ une statue et le Gygax Con depuis 2008 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Con

This organization has received approval from the municipality to place the memorial in a public park and is receiving contributions from the public for the creation and placement of the memorial, which is expected to be completed within a three (3) year period."


US National museum of Play

En 2013, le National Museum of Play américain a exhibé un manuscrit de Donjons et Dragons (le Dalluhn Manuscript) lors d'une expo sur 3 siècles de jeu, preuve de la reconnaissance du JDR outre-Atlantique:


    “Rare Dungeons & Dragons Manuscript on

    View at the National Museum of Play

    ROCHESTER, New York—A rare manuscript believed by some experts to be the earliest existing version of Dungeons & Dragons will be prominently displayed at the National Museum of Play at The Strong® beginning April 13 as part of Game Time!, a major exhibit exploring 300 years of games, puzzles, and public amusements.

    Students of the history of the game debate whether the Dalluhn Manuscript (1973), two hand-typed volumes, was used for play testing Dungeons & Dragons or as an early prototype for it, serving as a model for the more finished product released the next year. However, many believe that one or both of the game developers, Gary Gygax and David Arneson, wrote the piece. The manuscript takes its name from Keith Dalluhn, its previous owner. (Pictured here: View of dungeon map from Dalluhn manuscript next to map from later, published edition of Dungeons & Dragons.)

    The rare manuscript was loaned to The Strong by Jon Peterson, an avid game collector and author of Playing at the World, a landmark book that chronicles the creation of Dungeons & Dragons and its influence on the world of fantasy role-playing games.

    Says Peterson, “The Dalluhn Manuscript preserves a transitional set of rules developed during the creation of the game Dungeons & Dragons. It captures the system at around the midpoint of development, with the core concepts of dungeon exploration and fantastic combat in place, but it lacks some features of the mature game and exhibits a few intriguing variations. While many questions remain about the exact circumstances under which it was produced, the Dalluhn Manuscript provides the most important window into the invention of role-playing games since the 1977 publication of Dave Arneson’s First Fantasy Campaign.”

    Gygax and Arneson modified a war game and developed their role-playing game system, marketed under the name Dungeons & Dragons, beginning in 1974. The game helped pave the way to later electronic games and gaming systems. Still a best-selling fantasy game, Dungeons & Dragons is regarded in the industry as the pivotal force behind the invention of modern massively multiplayer online role playing games.

    Game Time!, an original permanent exhibit at the National Museum of Play, features rare historic treasures from The Strong’s world-renowned collections. A major timeline showcases artifacts, photographs, and multimedia to trace the history of board-, card-, and role-playing games from 1840 to the present day. Among the highlights are classic 19th-century board games such as The Mansion of Happiness (1843) and The Checkered Game of Life (1860), which carried serious moral messages and rewarded virtues like punctuality and sobriety while punishing less acceptable social behaviors. The Game of the District Messenger Boy (1886) showed how a humble letter-carrier could climb the corporate ladder if he avoided temptation, and Tutoom (1923) made the best of public fascination with mummies.

    Game Time! is phase two of a five-phase project to transform the museum’s second floor into America at Play, a highly interactive exhibit on the history of play in America. The first phase, eGameRevolution, explores electronic games. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Strong acknowledges the support of Greater Hudson Heritage Network for artifact preservation.”

Tentative de création d'un musée de Donjons & Dragons

Quelques années après les décès de G. Gygax et D. Arneson, en 2012, deux rôlistes américains ont lancé une souscription en ligne pour créer un musée dédié à D&D. Leur idée était de passer de collections privées éparpillées, inconnues, voire vendues à la découpe, à une collection institutionnelle centralisée, apte à recevoir les colelctions privées, y compris de grand nom de l'histoire du JDR, et accessible au public (et non stockée dans des archives ou réservée à des chercheurs).

La souscription s'est soldée par bide : seulement 1 000 $ sur les 136 000 demandés ont été levés. A quoi est dû cet échec ? peut-être qu'une initiative lancée par deux personnes inconnues et sans affiliations institutionelles n'a pas créé de climat de confiance, peut-être que l'absence de communication par les initiateurs (0 update sur la page indiegogo) a été rédhibitoire ?

Initiatives de Museum of roleplaying game

Musée allemand de l’oeil noir: http://dsa-museum.de/dsa-weltrekord/

Musée finlandais du jeu, dont le JDR: http://vapriikki.fi/en/nayttelyt/finnish-museum-games/

Museo do RPG: Musée brésilien (en portugais): http://museudorpg.com.br/

US Toy hall of fame http://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/dungeons-dragons

Une initiative américaine privée (dernière actualisation en 2012) : http://rdushay.home.mindspring.com/Museum/Index.html

Discussion sur le sujet: RPG museum anywhere in the world?, 2017


  • First editions of important games

  • Early photos of sessions

  • A timeline of innovations and milestones

  • "Pre-history" of development (une des chronologies du projet Geeks & Dragons de 500NDG: http://www.500nuancesdegeek.fr/geeks-dragons/ ; depuis 1697, Conte de la Mere l'oye de Perrault jusqu’à 1973 , Traduction du Seigneur des anneaux en français)

  • RPG-inspired artwork

  • Player-generated content

  • The history of dice (histoire des dés à multiple faces (polyédriques): Plongée dans le monde des dés JDR sur Steampunk avenue https://steampunkavenue.com/blog/dossier-des-jdr/ )

  • Audio and video of sessions (sélection d’actual play)

  • History of RPG conventions

  • How RPGs have influenced wider culture (BITS, la culture des geeks par ARTE: Le RPG est-il le ciment  de la culture geek ? avec notamment Alexandre Astier (Kaamelott), Felicia Day (The Guild), John Lang (Donjon de Naheulbeuk, Pen of Chaos). Level 1 (11 min.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjEaLchg3qE  Level 2 (12 min.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rzg6IumxT0 )

  • RPG references in pop culture

  • Basic game design concepts

Conservation des objets




RPG.net game index https://index.rpg.net/

RPG Museum : The Wikia cultural arts museum about tabletop role-playing games that anyone can edit. We cover gaming, popular culture, game history, role-playing theory, and all your favorite role-playing games. http://rpgmuseum.wikia.com/wiki/RPG_Museum


A trier:

The Acaeum is a website devoted to collecting early editions of D&D, it has many notes that might be handy for a collector. https://www.acaeum.com/

Jon Petersen is a historian specializing in hobby gaming he has a blog with interesting stuff as well as a hardcover book: Playing at the World detailing the history of the hobby. http://playingattheworld.blogspot.fr/