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Empire of Imagination by Michael Witwer
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I liked it, but kinda/sorta.

I liked the delving down into D&D's birth and evolution, and contrary to some, I liked the chapter intro snippets that establish a little flavour. The downside is, D&D is fantasy and this is a biography of sorts, of Gygax, of Arneson, of TSR, of rpgs in general, but once the realities of lawyers, lawsuits, drugs and so on intrude, sure, it's average biography, but I wanted to just waft on sugar coating.

By adding the hard edge of uglier truths, the biographer would have to be a more accomplished biographer. Thus, for flavour, a 5, for love of subject, a 5, for grittiness without the chops to really drill down into it, a 3. Wah. Oh and totally cool cover art, even if it does shamelessly mirror Unearthed Arcana.
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Jack Good review. I've had this one on my list for awhile and hope to get to it soon and "waft on sugar coating." (Great phrase!)


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