Author David Kushner on why D&D Matters to Geek Game Culture

"To me 'Dungeons & Dragons' is the mothership of geek culture"

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Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D is the new graphic novel about Dungeons & Dragons from David Kushner (author of Masters of Doom and Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto) and illustrator Koren Shadmi (cartoonist and illustrator whose graphic novels include In the Flesh and Love Addict: Serial Dater). In a recent interview with Rolling Stone he explained why D&D was so important in the development of culture and gaming. 

"To me Dungeons & Dragons is the mothership of geek culture," he says. "How did these guys come out of nowhere and create a whole new kind of game experience, and spawn a culture and an industry that has become so ubiquitous today?" Rise of the Dungeon Master explores that question, and follows the game through its creation in the 1970's and the conservative backlash in the 80s. You can read eight pages from it here. 

During research for another article Kushner was able to meet the late Gary Gygax, creator of D&D, and even to play a game with him. "One of the most thrilling things that I've ever experienced in 20 years of reporting was being able to sit down and play a game with [Gygax]."  

 Read the full story on Rolling Stone.