Identified myself to the author, really wanted to like the book, but got bored one third through.
I recommend this book very highly to anyone who loves fantasy, who has ever been curious about the "gamer" in your life or who just wants to read an amazing memoir.
The book is a mix of literary journalism and memoir, weaving together Gilsdorf's personal life and his quest to understand fantasy and gaming communities.
This is exactly the kind of book I have been searching for.
As an avid video gamer since 1987 (Ultima IV on a Commodore 64 computer), Worlds Away, Second Life, and,... Read more
It is an ok book. It tended to go more towards larping, rather than old generation D&D. If your into larping, and live role playing, this would be a good book.Published 14 months ago by Darth Vader
So this was pretty good but it always seems like the authors who write books about growing up gamers feel like it's a bad thing that they probably should hide or not be proud of. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shane Tiernan
The author's quest to explore the wide world of gaming & fantasy hobbies is well done & informitive, except he keeps interjecting his personal issues & insecurities again and again... Read morePublished 22 months ago by William Van Ness
I picked up Gilsdorf's book because I thought it might give me a little insight into my teenage son, who is into many of the things the author explores in Fantasy Freeks and Gaming... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gamer's mom
The author began playing D&D in adolescence, after a tragic family loss that colored his whole existence. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Hillary Rettig
This is a recounting of the author's journey to re-discover the fantasy genre and how fantasy fandom has changed since he left it behind in the 80s. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by D. Budd
This book was a required book for a class. I don't think I would have ever purchased the book or read it otherwise. It was a somewhat interesting read, just not really my style.Published on October 10, 2012 by JKayT