Ewalt is a great writer, and has the magazine-feature-writer's gift of weaving together the personal story and the wider tale, with lots of smooth transitions between the subjects and fascinating interludes. The story of role playing games is itself a fascinating tale, with an improbable origin in the confluence of two strains of tabletop strategy games.
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As someone who was completely obsessed with the game during its heyday, and who struggled to make sense of the strange evolution of its many tie-ins, such as the TV cartoon show and the various Basic and Advanced editions, as well as the relationship that these bore to strange, rare proto-RPGs like Chainmail , this was especially fascinating -- providing the missing puzzle-pieces so that it all made sense.
Ultimately, Ewalt is on a quest to pull the whole phenomenon of RPGs into context -- what made it such a business and cultural success, how that relates to other phenomena like LARPing, video games, and science fiction and fantasy literature. Of Dice and Men. In High Weirdness, you are invited to enter another kind of magic theatre.
The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It
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