Empire of Imagination ペーパーバック – 2015/12/17
The life story of Gary Gygax, godfather of all fantasy adventure games, has been told only in bits and pieces. Michael Witwer has written a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax's magnum opus, Dungeons & Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and '80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming. D&D is the best-known, best-selling role-playing game of all time, and it boasts an elite class of alumni--Stephen Colbert, Robin Williams, and Junot Diaz all have spoken openly about their experience with the game as teenagers, and some credit it as the workshop where their nascent imaginations were fostered. Gygax's involvement in the industry lasted long after his dramatic and involuntary departure from D&D's parent company, TSR, and his footprint can be seen in the genre he is largely responsible for creating. But as Witwer shows, perhaps the most compelling facet of his life and work was his unwavering commitment to the power of creativity in the face of myriad sources of adversity, whether cultural, economic, or personal. Through his creation of the role-playing genre, Gygax gave two generations of gamers the tools to invent characters and entire worlds in their minds. Told in narrative-driven and dramatic fashion, Witwer has written an engaging chronicle of the life and legacy of this emperor of the imagination.
- 出版社 : Bloomsbury USA; UK版 (2015/12/17)
- 発売日 : 2015/12/17
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 320ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1632863812
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632863812
- 寸法 : 15.4 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
Accessible and easy to digest, a fine work2017年3月28日に英国でレビュー済み
A gentle insight into the life of Gary Gygax and the events around the birth, near death, and rebirth of Dungeons and Dragons, this book takes the form of several brief episodic tales of the key moments in Gary's life. The author takes an accessible story-telling approach to the narrative, rather than a cold factual account, and this makes for an easy read. The only thing preventing a five star review is that the tone slips occasionally into fan-boy mode, meaning the reader is not empowered to determine how important or influential a figure Gary was, but rather subject to some fairly relentless cheerleader, especially toward the end. To be fair though that is a fairly minor downside to an otherwise accessible and interesting read.
A nice and entertaining read with some surprising information!2019年7月9日に英国でレビュー済み
Written as a kind of documentarism, told in third person based on articles and interviews with Gary Gygax. In that sense, there is a lot of ficion involved! But it is an easy and entertaining read! Precautions should be taken, because of the authors way of telling the story of Gary Gygax. This is not a book, that you just can quote, if you are doing a paper or an essay on Dungeons and Dragons or Gygax for that matter without keeping a sound or critical distance! However, it offers an onteresting and possible truth about Gary Gygax. Therefore, the book should be supplemented with other efforts available, shuld you need the facts!
Although with some creative additions Michael Witwer has done an excellent job in trying to get it right through extensive ...2016年2月14日に英国でレビュー済み
A personal look of the D&D history through the eyes of its inventor Gary Gygax. Although with some creative additions Michael Witwer has done an excellent job in trying to get it right through extensive interviews of the key stakeholders in the D&D history. This book is an excellent and easily digestable addition to anyone interested in the history of D&D and complements the more heavy academic approach by Jon Peterson's Playing at the World. Empire of Imagination also has a very nice collection of photographs depicting Gary Gygax's personal life which complements Michael Witwers story. I strongly recommend this book.