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Gaming History You Should Know – Eric and the Dread Gazeebo April 16, 2017

Posted by Maniac in Gaming History You Should Know, Uncategorized.

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another story of Gaming History You Should Know.  The pen-and-paper RPG series Dungeons & Dragons has been around for decades and like with anything popular among nerds it has inspired its share of humor.  That’s right, in fact it has inspired so much humorous content it would take me a week just to feature everything I could find in a single Google search that I thought was funny!

Among all of these jokes and all this humor, people wonder what is the story that is probably the most recognized in all of D&D lore?  The answer to that question would be the story of Eric and the Gazebo, or as its more often called online, Eric and the Dread Gazebo.

The original story of Eric and the Gazebo was written by Richard Aronson and was printed in 1985 or 1986.  It detailed a team of adventurers who come across a gazebo for the very first time. While the story is fictionalized it was based on real events from a D&D session Richard had once played.  It was later copied online some time in the 1990s under the name of Eric and the Dread Gazebo where it was further recopied and spread like wildfire.  If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a pretty good version of it presented as voice over.

So there you go, the history behind Eric and the Gazebo, that same story your RPG group will occasionally reference during games.  If you’d like us to highlight more of our favorite Dungeons & Dragons inspired humor, post a comment below!



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