Review: Of Dice and Men

ofdiceandmenOf Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It
by David M. Ewalt
(reviews on Goodreads)

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. 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.

This book seems to be better received by those who don’t have as much experience with D&D as a hobby; experienced gamers may not be satisfied by the glossing over of many facets of the game itself.

As the wife of a gamer, this book gave me a thorough introduction of what D&D involves and how it began. I got a sense of what it’s like to play, but I was not drawn in by the description of playing. I have a lot of respect for the game and the people who play it – it takes a lot of dedication and imagination. However, while the book gave me a better understanding, it also helped solidify the thought that I may not be cut out for the game itself (much the way I cannot listen to audiobooks – just not possible for me to get anything from it).

4star

– Marleah

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