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The Hobbitmeets Moneyballin this definitive book on Dungeons & Dragonsfrom its origins and rise to cultural prominence to the continued effects on popular culture today. Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: The game has had a profound influence on our culture. Released in 1974decades before the Internet and social mediaDungeons & Dragons is one of the original ultimate nerd subcultures, and is still revered by more than thirty million fans. Now, the authoritative history and magic of the game is revealed by an award-winning journalist and life-long dungeon master. From its origins on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, and to its apotheosis as father of the modern video game industry, Of Dice and Menrecounts the development of a game played by some of the most fascinating people in the world. Chronicling the surprising history of D&D's origins (one largely unknown even to hardcore players) while examining the game's profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences. An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir, Of Dice and Mensheds light on America's most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.