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Empire of Imagination by Michael Witwer
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The book that wouldn't end.

It's a fun telling of Gary Gygax's story, and it opened my eyes to many aspects of his life that I was completely unaware of . . . but the four chapters that make up the end of the book (Level 9) really drag it down. I did enjoy the section that detailed how the game of D&D has changed since Gary's death--and where it is successfully sitting nowadays, but it's all a bit much when it really feels like the book was over many many pages earlier.

Although the author is very respectful towards Gary and his enduring legacy, it definitely does not succumb to pure worship of the man. In my opinion, Gary really comes off looking pretty bad for a great portion of his life . . . especially in the way he repurposed other peoples' ideas (Dave Arneson, etc.) his questionable business decisions and in his personal life.

Enjoyable, but I didn't leave it quite as excited as I was when I started it.
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2018 – Started Reading
April 23, 2018 – Shelved
May 4, 2018 – Finished Reading

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