David M. Ewalt
Of Dice and Men
The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and The People Who Play It
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David M. Ewalt‘s book Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and The People Who Play It (Scribner, 2013) is at once a love letter, cultural history, and succinct analysis of the roleplaying game phenomenon that started it all. Of Dice and Men was the first of a recent cluster of excellent commentary on D and D’s scope and impact, including Empire of Imagination and the recent Rise of the Dungeon Master. An engaging, entertaining, and informative read, Of Dice and Men is sure to interest gamers who may or may not quite realize the extent to which present popular culture owes its shape to this wondrous invention of E. Gary Gygax.