Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Score! William Dear's, The Dungeon Master (1984)

I'm developing a personal library of non-academic books related to D&D.

I recently bought a copy of William Dear, The Dungeon Master: The Disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984).

The book was cheap, like 2 bucks and a couple for shipping.

The book arrived today and to my surprize included a signature by the author and a business card!

I have yet to read this book but know the story and the lore. I'm particularly interested in the moral panic surrounding D&D in the 1980s.

So three questions:

1) Have you read this book? What did you think?
2) Can you make any suggestions of published books I should add to my collection?


  1. 1) Yes, it was fantastic. Especially to read today and look back at how things were conducted back in the 1970's. It's quite amazing that something like this could have happened. I don't want to spoil it for future readers. If you are considering reading it and don't know the story, read the book. It's a lot of fun and very informative. Dont expect more than an outsiders view into D&D however. The book (truthfully and thankfully) doesn't over dramatize the D&D relation.

    2) Hobgoblin by John Coyne. This is a fictional book set and written in the time period of D&D hysteria. A very good read. It's one of the few books that sticks out very much in my mind regarding the topic of overindulgence in fantasy gaming, even having read it 10+ years ago.