Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It

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Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It

by David M. Ewalt

Scribner | August 20, 2013 | Hardcover

Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS.

Ancient red dragons with 527 hit points, +44 to attack, and a 20d10 breath weapon, to be specific. In the world of fantasy role-playing, those numbers describe a winged serpent with immense strength and the ability to spit fire. There are few beasts more powerful—just like there are few games more important than Dungeons & Dragons.

Even if you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: the game has had a profound influence on our culture. Released in 1974—decades before the Internet and social media—Dungeons & Dragons inspired one of the original nerd subcultures, and is still revered by millions of fans around the world. Now the authoritative history and magic of the game are revealed by an award-winning journalist and lifelong D&D player.

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences. An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir, Of Dice and Men sheds light on America’s most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451640501

ISBN - 13: 9781451640502

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly accessible history of D 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons, the venerable tabletop role-playing game which influence can be felt to this day in videogames and in the general fantasy genre. This book aims to give an overview of the evolution of the game, from its early days as a variant on wargames to its modern-day evolution, including its controversies, while adopting a D
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging Overview History I bought "Of Dice and Men" looking for an overview history of Dungeons and Dragons, since I only have limited background knowledge on the game and culture and wanted to know more. This book not only delivered, but did so in a funny, engaging way that kept my attention hooked from page one to the final appendix!  If you or a friend is interested in the history of D&D, I'd absolutely recommend "Of Dice and Men" as a great first step!
Date published: 2013-11-18

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Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It

by David M. Ewalt

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451640501

ISBN - 13: 9781451640502

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HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS.

Ancient red dragons with 527 hit points, +44 to attack, and a 20d10 breath weapon, to be specific. In the world of fantasy role-playing, those numbers describe a winged serpent with immense strength and the ability to spit fire. There are few beasts more powerful—just like there are few games more important than Dungeons & Dragons.

Even if you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: the game has had a profound influence on our culture. Released in 1974—decades before the Internet and social media—Dungeons & Dragons inspired one of the original nerd subcultures, and is still revered by millions of fans around the world. Now the authoritative history and magic of the game are revealed by an award-winning journalist and lifelong D&D player.

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences. An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir, Of Dice and Men sheds light on America’s most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.

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"The core of Ewalt’s story is his experience of role-playing games. He explains it about as well as anyone could, short of experiencing it yourself."
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