“Playing at the World”

Jon Peterson

This is an incredibly detailed and scholarly book on the history of wargaming and “Dungeons and Dragons”. I’ve had an interest in historical board wargames since I was a kid, but never really got into role playing games. As a result, I found Peterson’s writing on the history of war games a lot more interesting than his writing on D&D. Nevertheless, the connections between the two kept me interested in almost all of the D&D material, if not quite as much as in the boardgaming chapters. I confess I nearly dozed off during some of his discussion of “hit points”, but I’m sure people more interested role playing than in cardboard pushing would react the same way to Peterson’s fascinating discussion of combat results tables (no, I’m not being sarcastic – it’s interesting stuff).