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 Post subject: Of Dice & Men - Anyone read it?
PostPosted: Nov 27, 2013 9:49 am 
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Has anyone read the RPG history book, Of Dice and Men? Apparently it is similar to Jon Peterson's Playing at the World, though less academic (and possibly less accurate). I am curious about how Arneson/Blackmoor is presented in it.

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 Post subject: Re: Of Dice & Men - Anyone read it?
PostPosted: Jan 28, 2014 9:46 am 
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Jon's book is much better.

OD&M has two key elements:
(1) game history
(2) accounts of his personal campaign experiences

OD&M has too much of #2 and not enough of #1.

The author does talk about wandering the streets of Lake Geneva and finding the old office building where TSR was. Kind of neat, but not earth-shattering stuff.

I bought it from B&N at 20% off and with a gift card, so I got it essentially for nothing. It was worth that but I'd hate to buy it at regular prices.

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 Post subject: Re: Of Dice & Men - Anyone read it?
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Thanks Fin,
looks like the focus of this book is somewhat different from what I am most interested in. Although there are a few minor issues I disagree with in Peterson's Playing at the World book, I generally find it excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Of Dice & Men - Anyone read it?
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finarvyn wrote:
(1) game history
(2) accounts of his personal campaign experiences

OD&M has too much of #2 and not enough of #1.


That. Lots of hype, but rather disappointing if you were looking for crunch.

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