Of Dice and Men

The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It

The Lord of the Rings meets Moneyball in this unique and authoritative book on Dungeons & Dragons —from the game's origins through its rise to cultural prominence, and its ripple effect on popular culture today.

Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has (whether or not they're willing to admit it). Released in 1974 —decades before video games and the Internet took over the gaming world— Dungeons & Dragons became one of the original nerd subcultures, and is still revered by over thirty million fans today. Now Forbes senior editor David M. Ewalt explores the rich history of the game, revealing the magic that enlivened his youth, and has since re-entered his adult life in a whole new way.

From its roots 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 Men recounts the development of a game played by some of 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 cultural analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative and memoir, Of Dice and Men sheds light on America's most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.

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Praise for Of Dice and Men

Tim Harford


"David Ewalt's wit, insight and infectious love of D&D make him the perfect guide to the most significant game of the twentieth century. The book is a joy to read."

Felicia Day

Actress, producer, creator of THE GUILD

"A fascinating history of D&D written by an author who authentically loves the game. Whether you know what d20 means or not, you will love this book!"

Chuck Klosterman


"It's almost impossible to explain how Dungeons & Dragons works, and harder still to explain how it feels. This book comes as close as any I've ever read."

Ken Jennings

Author of MAPHEAD

"David Ewalt writes about the world of fantasy role-playing junkies with intelligence, dexterity, and even wisdom. (I am unable to speak to his strength, constitution, or charisma.)"

John Carmack

Co-founder of ID SOFTWARE

"In addition to covering much of the deep history of the game that I never knew, Of Dice and Men brought back tons of fond memories, and damned if it didn't make me pull some dusty old rulebooks off the shelf at home."

Dr. Ray Muzyka

Co-founder of BIOWARE

"A fascinating window into the storied history of fantasy pen and paper gaming. A must-read for anyone curious about the genre."

David X. Cohen

Executive producer of FUTURAMA

"The best book I've read since the Monster Manual."


"Even audiences normally indifferent to D&D's charms will find Ewalt's overview witty and absorbing, and the game's devotees will discover much here to revel in and quibble with."


"Appealing to those hesitantly curious as well as the battle-tested D&D veteran... Enthusiastically reported and honestly written, this personal exploration of the D&D world is a great read."


"David Ewalt offers a genial history of Dungeons and Dragons and its impact on his own geek life. A highly readable account of a game that seized the imagination of a generation and maintains its grip three decades later."


"For those who don't know a Ranger from a Rogue or a Hobgoblin from a Halfling, the author's devotion to the game does much to illuminate role-playing's enduring power on mortal men and women."

Of Dice and Men is available now in hardcover, audiobook, and e-book editions. Order now!