Praise for Of Dice and Men
"An engaging book that fuses history and memoir. [Ewalt] tracks D&D's turbulent rise, fall and survival, from its heyday in the 1980s... to the 21st century." – The Wall Street Journal
"A wonderful, energetic and personal history of Dungeons & Dragons... Ewalt is a great writer, and has the magazine-feature-writer's gift of weaving together the personal story and the wider tale, with lots of smooth transitions between the subjects and fascinating interludes." – Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net
"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!" – Felicia Day, actress, producer, creator of The Guild and Geek & Sundry
"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." – Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and I Wear the Black Hat
"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." – Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist
"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.)" – Ken Jennings, author of Maphead and Because I Said So!
"Dungeons & Dragons has been a huge part of my life. The book sheds light on the world of [D&D co-creator] Gary Gygax, and it also lets the reader into the mind of somebody questioning how cool this game is." – Vin Diesel, actor, producer, star of the Fast & Furious franchise.
"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." – Publishers Weekly
"The best book I've read since the Monster Manual." – David X. Cohen, executive producer of Futurama
"Long before I made my mark in software, I was a pretty good Dungeon Master, and D&D has played a significant part in my life. 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." – John Carmack, co-founder of Id Software
"The author's devotion to the game does much to illuminate role-playing’s enduring power on mortal men and women." – Kirkus
"A fascinating window into the storied history of fantasy pen and paper gaming. A must-read for anyone curious about the genre." – Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare
"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." – Booklist
"The core of Ewalt's story is his experience of role-playing games. He explains it about as well as anyone could, short of experiencing it yourself." – Seattle Times