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Empire of Imagination by Michael Witwer
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I would only recommend this book for folks who were directly influenced by Gygax, folks who grew up playing roleplaying games and other such nerdery. To be honest, the story isn't super riveting - it's just one dude's life. But I still felt a weird affinity for it and enjoyed it more than I really thought I would, to be honest.

One thing I liked: How in the very first D&D campaign, you are seeing players get up to the ridiculousness that came to define it. Coming up with silly names, usually based on your own. Playing out bizarre situations that probably threw off the DM's whole plot. Taking over stuff that you probably weren't supposed to take over. It's proof that the point of roleplaying isn't the plot, but just folks dicking around together in a really imaginative way.
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Reading Progress

October 25, 2015 – Shelved
October 25, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
February 28, 2016 – Started Reading
March 13, 2016 – Finished Reading

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