- Series: D&D Retrospective
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; First Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786934980
- ISBN-13: 978-0786934980
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thirty Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D Retrospective) Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Apparently (or obviously) this book was supposed to be a "collector's item" type of coffee table book- shrinkwrapped, full color slick from cover to cover; jammed with art, anecdotes, and historical features about D&D from 1974 to 2004. Great idea. But it actually is either a poorly produced art book, or a tepidly-written retrospective on the game rewritten from old press releases. This book has fundamental flaws.
Every page is printed with the text angled 15-degrees (to right or left). This might be really eye-grabbing and cute on a soft-drink coupon, but on a fifty dollar book it is downright annoying. Matt Adelsperger & Brian Fraley (interior design) should be designing floor patterns for Congoleum, not books.
The translucent "vellum" dust jacket is nicely done, but the actual covers are ugly faux-gold and white monochrome illustrations that look like wallpaper.
The book is jammed with art, ranging from okay to great, but none of it individually attributed. No captions, no descriptions, and most of it chopped up by slashy borderings. There ARE stories behind art, but this book ain't talking.Read more ›
I am certainly glad I have this book. There is so much to enjoy, so much nostalgia to experience, so many nice pieces of the puzzle made clear for a long time fan about the inner workings of the game. It will have a special place on the shelf where I will look fondly upon it, but with just a small twinge for what could have been.
The book was exactly what is was supposed to be: a trip down memory lane for a long time player of dnd.
Coffee table books, such as this one, are not meant for a rabid cover to cover reading.
I loved seeing the pictures of/from old adventures, the history of dnd, and seeing famous people who play(ed).
Admittingly, it was a bit costly, but I defrayed that cost by buying from Amazon, so I still think it was worth the money.
However,the negative aspects outweigh the positive ones. The layout is a challenge to follow (it's easier being a seventh level elf mage) It's like a bad trip. The game isn't given its cultural context either. There's no mention of the infamous anti-D&D Jack Chick tract,nor the "Mazes and Monsters" made-for-TV cheesefest starring Tom Hanks. D&D's initial controversy is mentioned in passing maybe. It would've been interesting to document its growth from "OH NOES, occult game" and Reagan-era hysteria,to something mainstream and acceptable. No mention of the cheesy "Dungeons and Dragons" movie starring Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch either. This book ends up being a plodding bore,you feel like you're stuck in the dungeons,not fighting the dragons. This "homage" ends up being a turgid,naff bore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This reads as a very self-congratulatory ad for the product. Glossy and pretty, but the decision to angle the print and print the stories 2 at a time on alternate pages makes it a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carl
30 Years of AdventureI'm a little late reading this. It was published in 2004 so now it's more like 38 years of adventure.
This was cool if a little confusing. Read more
We hope that no one bought this thinking that Mr Diesel had turned writer - though he does write a compelling introduction. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by MormonYoYoMan
This book purports to be a history of Dungeons & Dragons, aka D&D, and indeed it does cover some of the past of that game. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Wulfstan
For those of us who started playing just as the First Edition AD&D rules came out, this is a blast from the past. I grew up 30 minutes from Lake Geneva, WI, where it all began. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Gadget Man Dan
Book-wise, this is a largish, oblong coffee-table book without a hardcover. And this is the first problem. Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by William Alexander
This book is a wonderful retrospective of Dungeons & Dragons. It goes back over all 30 years of D&D, and has lots of pictures and commentary from many people associated with the... Read morePublished on November 11, 2008 by Ovid Lee Pinckert Jr.
I'm a big fan of D&D and was excited when i heard this was coming out. Somehow i expected more this book is a nod at the game but really left out the meat of what i wanted to read. Read morePublished on April 16, 2008 by Douglas Hancock
I was excited about this book, then i read it at the bookstore. Trust me, you don't want this. It really looks like it was thrown together with no real reverence for the game, the... Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by ChomskyKnows