Rise of the Dungeon Master

Rise of the Dungeon Master

Gary Gygax and the Creation of D & D

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"Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story. Gygax was the son of immigrants who grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, in the 1950s. An imaginative misfit, he escaped into a virtual world based on science fiction novels, military history and strategic games like chess. In the mid-1970s, he co-created the wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons game, determining the rules and inventing the signature 20-sided dice. Starting out in the basement of his home, he was soon struggling to keep up with the demand. Gygax was a purist, in the sense that he was adamant that players use their imaginations and that the rules of the game remain flexible. A creative mind with no real knowledge of business, he made some strategic errors and had a falling out with the game's co-creator, his close friend and partner, David Arneson. By the late 1970s the game had become so popular among kids that parents started to worry -- so much so that a mom's group was formed to alert parents to the dangers of role play and fantasy. The backlash only fueled the fires of the young fans who continued to play the game, escaping into imaginary worlds. Before long, D & D conventions were set up around the country and the game inspired everything from movies to the first video games. With D & D, Gygax created the kind of role playing fantasy that would fuel the multibillion dollar video game industry, and become a foundation of contemporary geek culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781568585598
1568585594
Branch Call Number: 793.93 KUS
Characteristics: 136 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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TSCPL_LissaS Mar 29, 2018

This accessible graphic novel format presents an overview of the creation of D&D and the people involved in the creation. The text doesn't romanticize the business elements or personal conflicts of game design but tactfully tells the story of the changes to the development and evolution of th... Read More »


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TSCPL_LissaS Mar 29, 2018

This accessible graphic novel format presents an overview of the creation of D&D and the people involved in the creation. The text doesn't romanticize the business elements or personal conflicts of game design but tactfully tells the story of the changes to the development and evolution of the game over time. The controversy about the game is also documented. The inclusion of players and fans in various was also interesting. For added flavor, the story is styled to feel like a Dungeon Master is telling it to you in-game.
This is intended for a grown up audience and although I read the whole thing aloud to my D&D loving 7 year old and only skipped a few words/phrases, the topics (disappointment, disagreement, disillusionment, career and family and health issues) are quite mature for young readers.
This book is highly recommended as an introduction to the people who created D&D, although the biographical and realistic focus on the co-creators may leave you wanting to read something more fun about the game's influence on players and culture afterwards!

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kwsmith
Feb 25, 2018

This short illustrated book summarizes the history of the D&D role playing game and the often rocky relationship between its two creators: Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

squib Nov 08, 2017

A very light, superficial overview of the development of Dungeons & Dragons. It is certainly an idea that has taken on a life of its own, and was instrumental in providing a foundation for much of how we interact online.

JCLChrisK Sep 21, 2017

Interesting, engaging, and well illustrated, but too sketchy and brief for a book marketed as a biography for adult readers.

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AceLib
Jul 27, 2017

An excellent, and concise graphic novel on the history of the world known Dungeons and Dragons. Told in a fun Dungeon Master styling, with solid artwork, and a refreshing honesty on the subject and history.

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