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Warren Spector Paper: Early Works comprises eighteen 5.25-in floppy disks divided between two small floppy disk boxes. The disks contain files from the early-to-late-1980s. The earliest date observed was 1982 and the 1988 the latest. Due to the somewhat nebulous state of electronic records, and to the fact that exhaustive analysis of file contents has not taken place, these dates are not certain, but nevertheless provide helpful general contours to a fascinating period in Spector’s life.

Based on labels and file names, it appears that these disks were created during the incipient stages of Spector’s career: files ranging from academic notes such as “PhD Ideas” from the early 1980s to his novel, The Hollow Earth Affair, published in 1988. As such, the disks chronicle Spector’s eschewing graduate school in favor of a career as a game developer at SJG and later TSR.

Spector has compared working at these companies as the undergraduate and graduate programs for a professional in the gaming field. Working with pencil-and-paper and board role-playing games laid the foundation for future success as he helped introduce first-person shooter and other video games based on the role-playing model. Further exploration of these files is necessary in order to flesh out a more comprehensive analysis of their contents.

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