Empire of Imagination

Empire of Imagination

Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons

Book - 2015
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This comprehensive biography of geek and gaming icon Gary Gygax chronicles his life from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to his creation of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons to his untimely death in 2008.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc.,, 2015
ISBN: 9781632862792
Branch Call Number: BIO GYGAX
Characteristics: xiv, 302 pages ; 25 cm

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humbleworm
Jul 08, 2018

This book is easy reading and a fairly typical but not outstanding biography. However, for me, reminiscing and learning what was going on with Gary Gygax and TSR all those years while I was playing the game has been enlightening. A friend who had played the Basic D&D game introduced my older brother and I to his own imitation in 1979. We did the same, playing with poker chips in a can (also described on p87) until we bought 1st editions of the three AD&D books and a set of dice about a year later. We had a subscription to Dragon magazine for years and I am still reminded of the poorly-drawn Fineous Fingers comics everytime I do dishes. Good times.

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kwsmith
Apr 01, 2018

This biography contains plenty of interesting details about TSR's magical rise to fame and meteoric fall. Note: I skipped the highly annoyingly geeky mock game-play introductions to each chapter, and you probably should too. I don't usually comment on book covers; however, this book's cover is simply ingenious: it's an obvious riff on the original Unearthed Arcana cover but instead of an aged wizard in his cramped lair, we see an aged Gary Gygax hunched over his trusty typewriter.

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macmap68
May 14, 2016

I enjoyed reading this work. It is an interesting and fitting biography of the creator of D&D.

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