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

by David M. Ewalt

Scribner | September 15, 2015 | Hardcover

Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
The Hobbit meets Moneyball in this definitive book on Dungeons & Dragons—from its origins and rise to cultural prominence to the continued effects on popular culture today.

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: September 15, 2015

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 A Breif History of Dungeons & Dragons Excellent read. Just what I had wanted. I have been playing D&D for little over a year now and felt left out that the players around my table have played since the 70's and know the original games from 1st edition all the way to the present. This book certainly delivered in what I wanted which is essentially a brief history into the origins of the game, the creators, the stories and inspiration. The rise and fall and controversies surround the game and most importantly let me peer past the mechanics of Roll Playing and open myself up to how games should be explored through ROLE PLAYING in stead of ROLL PLAYING (Imagination over Dice rolls) The book could have done with being an extra 100 pages to really get into the nitty gritty details of the rise of the company TSR and their departure and how Wizards of the Coast picked up the game. However that minor criticism aside. An excellent, in depth brief history that I thoroughly enjoyed. Roll an enjoyment check, you rolled a 20? CRITICAL HIT!!! You enjoyed this book greatly and recommended it!
Date published: 2015-12-11
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 3 out of 5 by from Of dice and men Not a bad book, wish more time was spent on the rise and fall of tsr.
Date published: 2014-05-09
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

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: September 15, 2015

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451640501

ISBN - 13: 9781451640502

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The Hobbit meets Moneyball in this definitive book on Dungeons & Dragons—from its origins and rise to cultural prominence to the continued effects on popular culture today.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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."