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Playing at the World
by Ryan B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/09/2013 11:57:06
Man, this is a really great read for an industry that has remained over the years specifically because of us, the gamer. Playing at the World describes everything you want to know or would like to tell someone else. It helped me put in to words what is hard to explain to someone not familiar pen and paper.

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Playing at the World
by Jim W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/01/2013 13:40:37
This is an excellent book about the history of tabletop role playing games. It is deeply researched, and well written. I especially appreciate the depth of information about the provenance of specific elements of the rules of RPGs. A must read for any scholar of role playing games, or war games.

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by marchomer h. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/24/2013 10:04:41
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dungeons & Dragons, Wargames and the hobby* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
A must-have for every old school gamer.

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Playing at the World
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/30/2013 18:23:53
Jon seems to be angry with Ken St Andre, for he bad-mouths him frequently in this volume. Otherwise, the research seems pretty objective - a nearly impossible task considering the meager documentation and vague memories of the principles involved.

It seems so long ago, and yet I was around and occasionally involved with some of the principles and innocent bystanders. (No big feat. If you live long enough and travel enough, you eventually meet everybody.) I doubt any would remember me, but I do remember much of what they said - but only because I journaled it at the time.

Jon captures the freewheeling feelings of anything being possible, of the "can do" attitudes of so many of the principles, and almost - but not quite - captures some of the feuds which inevitably occur in creative endeavors. Business sense and creative sense do not usually reside in the same brain (and when it does, we see self-made zillionaires who stepped on no one - these are historically rare) so there are a lot of stories of creative people who got cheated or fell along the way or just couldn't explain what they could do instinctively.

It probably raises as many questions as it answers, and this is what makes it a good history. People are complex, contradictory, and fascinating. Creative people are doubly so. Gamers and game creators are more off the wall. Combine all these, and you have Jon's very satisfying, very fascinating history book -- which is screaming for a sequel as soon as possible!

(review originally printed at http://grandparpg.blogspot.com/ )

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Playing at the World
by Pier L. R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/16/2012 12:17:09
The ultimate works on the origin of the gdr hobby, full of fact and info.

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