A History of Rangers...
If you think the Ranger has its roots in Tolkien's novels, or perhaps Dungeons & Dragons, think again. There is evidence of ranger archetypes as far back as the mythology of ancient Greece. Mercurie takes a look at Ranger types from Artemis to Robin Hood to Daniel Boone, and explains why the Ranger is one of his favorite RPG classes.
"Indeed, as far as fantasy oriented pen and paper role playing games go (D&D, Rolemaster), ranger is probably the class I have played the most. I suspect that much of this has to do with the fact that I grew up on a farm which had 20 acres worth of woodland. Growing up I had plenty of opportunity to go hiking, hunting, and camping in the woods. I rather suspect that I am one of those rare people who actually feels safer in the woods than I do on city streets. When I started playing pen and paper RPGs, I was naturally attracted to the ranger class."
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