Here, there be dragons.
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. Download and start listening now!