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 experiences 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.
©2015 Michael Witwer (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Gary Gygax and his Magnum Opus " Dungeons & Dragons" changed the world. Doubt this? play any video game, or go the movie, or watch HBO and you will see the DNA of D&D. A fantastic take that grabbed me and would not let go.
Very enjoyable story HIStory while also providing not only Gygax's story along with the history of D &D Great reader and starting most chapters with an actual scenario brilliant giving those unfamiliar with the game a real sense of its now legendary legacy. I owned a small mapping company in the early days of Gen Con and it was pure delight to read about people like Tim Kask etc who we interacted with in those early days when my sons would trade our map stamps for products.
I found this book to be incredible! I have recently gotten into D&D and have fallen hard! I find this book all the better due to the immersive feeling and insight into Gary's life. I found that the author did a great job of putting us into Gary's own mind. This book also draws on your emotional strings by bringing Gary's philosophical thoughts and thoughts regarding his relationships with his family to life!
I also think the narator did a fantastic job! The portrayal of the scenes and perspectives were well delivered, exactly how I would think the author would want it done!
I definitely recommend this heart felt biographical story!
It is interesting and entertaining. Unfortunately, I find it hard to enjoy because it is a dramatization of Gary’s life. The is a lot of dialog that makes it feel like a story instead of a history. That makes it difficult to take the story seriously.
"Story of a Legend"
Thank you Gary for hours of fun and imagination. I was lucky enough to grow up in an era when you were bringing your realms of wonder to our world.
"ever played D&D"
a real good listen well read good story of what was going on at TSR at the time we (my friends & I were playing at the time it was happening)
"A thoroughly enjoyable account..."
Of the life of Gary Gygax. For d&d nerds and others, this in depth look at the life of the Father of RPGs examines the brilliance and weaknesses of the man. The performance was not so great but the story was enough to encapsulate the listener anyway.
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