Slaying the Dragon
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BEN RIGGS is a writer, teacher, and podcaster. He traveled the world teaching in his 20s. During his journeys, he tutored a princess, saw both the Sahara and Mt. Fuji at dawn, and discovered his wife and fellow traveler, Tara. He has settled down in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he teaches English and history, and he and Tara have a son, Simon. Ben's RPG podcast, Plot Points, has been running for the last decade, and his work has appeared on NPR and Geek & Sundry. Slaying the Dragon is his first book.

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Riggs weaves a tale of corporate intrigue, personal ego, and failed saving throws that will fascinate any fan of D&D. Whether you're a grognard, still clutching your red box rules and grumbling about THAC0, or a recent convert to the greatest game the world has ever played, you're going to love Slaying the Dragon! --Tim Akers, author of Knight Watch Herein are the secrets and myths, the highs and lows, and hidden world of the magical realm of TSR and its creation: Dungeons & Dragons. An indispensable account about the legends and truth from the people that worked there. Highly recommended! --Mike Mason, co-designer of Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Through in-depth interviews with the creators themselves, Ben has put together a deeply personal account of so many of the behind-the-scenes going-ons, the good and the bad, at TSR. --former TSR artist Brom When I was thirteen and sitting on the other side of the DM screen, using all my latent psionic talent to roll a 20 on that bugbear, I never thought I would ever want to read a book about the economic history of D&D . . . yet here we are. Riggs has written a fascinating and dishy account of the business hits and whistling misses of a band of dreamers, writers, artists, and geeks and the real-life, sometimes terrifying adventures that eventually destroyed the company behind arguably the most imaginative American game ever created, though it was never just that. A must-read for fighters, magic-users, and even bards--and everyone else, too. --Brad Ricca, Edgar-nominated author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes and True Raiders

Far from a fluff piece on a beloved hobby, this book goes behind the GM's screen to take a hard-nosed look at the people and circumstances that first gave rise to D&D, then nearly killed it--twice. Riggs takes you on a roller-coaster from boom to near bankruptcy, but never loses sight of the individuals involved, the good, the bad, and the geeky. --Marie Brennan, Hugo-Award nominated author of the Lady Trent Memoirs series A fascinating and colorful page-turner that explores the rich history of Dungeons & Dragons and it's role in the development of role-playing games. Ben Riggs's engrossing Slaying the Dragon takes us into the basements of Wisconsin and boardrooms of Los Angeles where the popular role-playing genre evolved--against impossible odds--from board games to virtual reality. And he does so by speaking with the geeks who inherited this Earth, putting their wild stories to paper for the first time. 900 XP to Riggs for his achievement! --Sean O'Connell, managing director of CinemaBlend and author of Release the Snyder Cut and With Great Power

With a trove of research and candid interviews, Riggs investigates the many missteps that would ultimately sour "years of stunning success" for the tabletop gaming giant...A compelling corporate saga mired in mythmaking. --Kirkus Reviews

Essential reading for anyone intrigued by the absurdities of the gaming industry, Ben Riggs' book Slaying the Dragon provides an entertaining step-by-step guide for how NOT to run a corporation. --Satyros Phil Brucato, designer and core author of Mage, Werewolf, Powerchords, Deliria, and more So here's the thing. I've never played a game of Dungeons & Dragons in my life. And I've also already read Of Dice and Men, the D&D history that is the jumping-off point for this work, which promises to uncover some of the less-known dealings of Lake-Geneva-based TSR's downfall. And yet I found Slaying the Dragon thoroughly enjoyable, partly because of the near-local setting, and partly because Riggs is a good storyteller who also highlights the corporate missteps in a way that I think will appeal to folks who read business narratives. And to think, Milwaukee finally has enough hotel rooms to keep GenCon, only 19 years too late. --Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee WI

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