5-3 | Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People, and Fantastic Adventures: From Chess to role-Playing Games

Book Review

Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People, and Fantastic Adventures: From Chess to role-Playing Games

Jon Peterson
San Diego: Unreason Press LLC, 2012. Introduction, contents, images. 698 pp. $34.95 paper. ISBN: 9780615642048

by Jason Begy

First Paragraph:

Jon Peterson’s Playing at the World traces the history of the practices, ideas, and cultural forces that led to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson’s invention of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). As the subtitle implies, the book has a broad scope, but it also includes astonishing levels of details about the evolution of the role-playing game.