A book review from The Movie Snob.
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It, by David M. Ewalt (2013). This was an impulse purchase at Barnes & Noble. I’m an old Dungeon Master from the heyday of Dungeons & Dragons back in the 1980s, so when I saw this paperback purporting to tell the backstory to the creation of D&D, I was easily hooked. It is an interesting story, told by a guy who played D&D back in the day and still plays today with some other grown men. In addition to explaining where D&D came from, the many lawsuits it spawned over the years, and the meteoric rise and fall of TSR, the company behind the product, Ewart also does some reporting on the “D&D and Satanism” stories that circulated in the 1980s. Beyond this, he also reports from some gaming conventions and even tries his hand at one of those live-action fantasy experiences out in the woods somewhere. If you ever played D&D or ever wondered what all the fuss was about, I highly recommend this book. At 259 pages, it’s a breezy read.