So I’m glad I read this book, but let me explain what you get.
Excellent history. Ewalt clearly did impeccable research, interviewing a lot of people, and all the big names of D&D are in here. He begins his tale long before D&D and even Chainmail, so it’s very thorough.
Unfortunately he spends too much of the book retelling his own exploits as a player in campaigns, and anecdotes. This is fine if you genuinely have no experience or knowledge of how a roleplaying game works, but for those diehards among us, this gets old very fast and I ended up skipping all these bits.
Be advised that 20% of this book is an overly detailed index. That’s a lot of wasted space. He also doesn’t tell the whole story of Wizards of the Coast, instead foisting us off to a web link. Lazy. I’d rather have had that story than the index, because as I said, his retelling of the actual history is extremely well done. I’d also have liked to see more about other TSR games, like the classic Star Frontiers.
I also wish he’d included photographs. That would have been fantastic.
All in all, a great history, but padded in my opinion, especially considering the ebook price.
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (1 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781451640519
- ISBN-13: 978-1451640519
- ASIN: 145164051X
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)