Dice Men: The Origin Story of Games Workshop

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Dice Men: The Origin Story of Games Workshop

Dice Men: The Origin Story of Games Workshop

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Pure nostalgia, although I suspect that if you aren't "of a certain age" where the names and games and atmosphere of this book are directly relevant to your life then you will find this less than exciting, and probably actually boring. Less of a history book and more of a coffee table tome, Dice Men manages to do something quite remarkable in under 300 pages: tell a surprisingly deep story, rich with captivating imagery, without ever seeming verbose or vain. The book is full of great photos, fun anecdotes, and a good insight into the UK side of the gaming industry and how much Ian and Steve struggled utterly in the early days, but were carried by belief and blagging. Pure nostalgia, although I suspect that if you aren't "of a certain age" where the names and games and atmosphere of this book are directly relevant to your life then you will find this less than exciting. There’s a couple of hints as to why they seem so passive in letting it go; they’re overcommitted and exhausted, and Livingstone claims that they didn’t pay themselves much from GW and so the financial rewards of writing more of the now obviously-successful Fighting Fantasy books probably loomed large in the mind – why go through all the bother of the day job when someone else so clearly wanted to do it?

Nevertheless, the book still gives an impression of faint surprise at how things went, as if events just overtook Livingstone and Jackson and the company was swept out from under their feet.A treasure trove of nostalgia… Ian Livingstone's background with print media (White Dwarf) also shows in abundance. I would've loved to get even more on the decision-making process and more hard numbers on the growth of the company, but the book gives a decent picture.

That isn’t the case, however; in these early days of struggle GW were very fortunate to attract a series of people who gave them a lift, either as staff or just as often as volunteers and collaborators, and Livingstone takes care to give credit, even praise, wherever he can. In the early days, the 1980-1990s, there was a subscription service where GW would send you a game a month, and it was heavenly.This third party is Asgard Miniatures, Bryan Ansell’s original company, an established manufacturer based in Nottingham – and that location foreshadows events to come.



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