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Oct 12, 2021 | ISBN 9780262542951

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“The battle Over Dungeons & Dragons was the ultimate geek war.”

“In Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons, historian Jon Peterson hopes to lay to rest the rumors and speculation that have plagued the early history of D&D. At the center of this new book is the feud between co-creators Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax. His work relies on a treasure trove of firsthand interviews and primary documentation, as well as remnants from the lost archives of D&D’s original publisher, TSR.”

“A deep dive into a significant controversy in the gaming world: who deserves credit for the meteoric rise of Dungeons & Dragons and blame for the subsequent avalanche of public spats, lawsuits, and business bungling…A good dungeon crawl… treasures abound for experienced adventurers.”
Kirkus Reviews

‘Jon Peterson’s “Game Wizards” is an in-depth history – and I really do mean in-depth – of the creation of Dungeons and Dragons and in particular the ugly struggle for control of TSR. It’s vivid and incredibly well-researched, although this particular niche is… well, it’s very niche.’
Tim Harford

“A lively and readable history of the game, its first owners, and their fumbling attempts to run a business.”

Game Wizards makes a fascinating reading. We have never, ever seen such a level of detail and documentation regarding the inner workings of TSR down to board meetings and executives’ plans and ideas. The book shines a really strong light on the ‘secret history’ of the company”
Dungeon Master Magazine

Table Of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Preface xi
I From a Club to a Company
Opening Moves 5
Gygax and Arneson 15
The $300 Idea 33
II Adventurers in Business
1975: Sage Street, Goodbye 55
1976: Stab 79
1977: The Great War 103
1978: Stolen Glory 125
III The Everfull Purse
1979: Treasure in the Steam Tunnels 151
1980: The Spotlight 175
1981: Identity Crisis 199
1982: Extravagance 223
IV Disjunction
1983: Splitting the Party 251
1984: Cursed 273
1985: The Ambush at Sheridan Springs 289
Epilogue: Endgame 313
Sources and Acknowledgments 319
Index 353

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