Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, by Ethan Gilsdorf

This non-fiction work from 2008 sends the author on a quest through the many ways people act on their fantasty impulses – from D&D, to LARP, to Dragon*Con, to SCA, to World of Warcraft. At issue is whether this embrace of fantasy is, on one side, childish and embarrassing for adults to be involved in or, on the other side, an expression of joy and transformation to find something better in ourselves. As a D&D geek and lifelong fantasy reader, I enjoyed his investigations very much. Of interest for both those who partake in fantasy realms and for those who love them.

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