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JC: David Kushner and Koren Shadmi present RISE OF THE DUNGEON MASTER with Austin Grossman

    05/09/2017 - 7:30pm

    This event will take place in our Jersey City store.

    Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story.

    Gygax was the son of immigrants who grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, in the 1950s. An imaginative misfit, he escaped into a virtual world based on science fiction novels, military history and strategic games like chess. In the mid-1970s, he co-created the wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons game. Starting out in the basement of his home, he was soon struggling to keep up with the demand. Gygax was a purist, in the sense that he was adamant that players use their imaginations and that the rules of the game remain flexible. A creative mind with no real knowledge of business, he made some strategic errors and had a falling out with the game's co-creator, his close friend and partner, David Arneson.

    By the late 1970s the game had become so popular among kids that parents started to worry -- so much so that a mom's group was formed to alert parents to the dangers of role play and fantasy. The backlash only fueled the fires of the young fans who continued to play the game, escaping into imaginary worlds. Before long, D&D conventions were set up around the country and the game inspired everything from movies to the first video games. With D&D, Gygax created the kind of role playing fantasy that would fuel the multibillion dollar video game industry, and become a foundation of contemporary geek culture.

    David Kushner is an award-winning journalist and author of many books, including three on gaming: Masters of Doom, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, and Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto. A contributing editor of Rolling Stone and the 2016 Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, Kushner has written for GQ, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere. This book is based on his 2008 Wired profile of Gary Gygax and extensive interviews with both Gygax and Dave Arneson-Dungeons & Dragons' co-creators-before they died.

    Koren Shadmi is an American Israeli cartoonist and illustrator. His graphic novels have been published internationally, and include In the Flesh, The Abaddon, Mike's Place, and Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, Village Voice, Playboy, Washington Post, Wired, and elsewhere. Koren's work has won several awards at the Society of Illustrators. He teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

    Austin Grossman is a novelist and game designer. His novels include Soon I Will Be InvincibleYOU, and Crooked. Soon I Will Be Invincible was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His writing has also appeared in Granta, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. His major game credits include System ShockDeus ExDishonored, and Dishonored 2. He is currently Director of Game Design and Interactive Storytelling at Magic Leap.

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    Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D Cover Image
    By David Kushner, Koren Shadmi (Illustrator)
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9781568585598
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Nation Books - May 9th, 2017

    Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story.


    Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture Cover Image
    $17.00
    ISBN: 9780812972153
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Random House Trade - May 11th, 2004

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy.


    Crooked Cover Image
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780316198523
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Mulholland Books - August 2nd, 2016

    Acclaimed novelist Austin Grossman reimagines the ultimate American antihero.


    You Cover Image
    $15.00
    ISBN: 9780316198547
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Little Brown and Company - April 8th, 2014

    "A razor-sharp comedy and a smart meditation on the nature of gaming." --"Boston Globe"


    Soon I Will Be Invincible Cover Image
    $15.00
    ISBN: 9780307279866
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Vintage Books USA - June 10th, 2008

    Doctor Impossible--evil genius, would-be world conqueror--languishes in prison. Shuffling through the cafeteria line with ordinary criminals, he wonders if the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life. After all, he's lost every battle he's ever fought. But this prison won't hold him forever.