I'm a late addtion to the Gen Con program, but wanted to introduce myself. I'm a Boston-based gamer and writer for the New York Times and Boston Globe with a new book that's coming out September 1 from Globe Pequot/The Lyons Press. Called "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms," the narrative non-fiction book is (what I hope is) a humorous, lively, and provocative blend of travelogue, pop culture analysis, and memoir.
And I'm kicking off my nationwide book tour at Gen Con.
At Gen Con, I'll be at the Troll Lord Games booth (# 221) meeting folks and selling and signing books. I'll also be giving two readings followed by two booksignings immediately following:
Friday 8/14, 3-4pm, location: Marriott Phoenix
& Sat 8/15 4-5pm, location: Marriott Phoenix
Book Signing schedule:
Friday 8/14, 4-5pm, location: Author’s Avenue
& Saturday 8/15, 5-6pm, location: Author’s Avenue
"Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks" plumbs, explains and celebrates fantasy and gaming subcultures like Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, Harry Potter, the Society for Creative Anachronism, LARPS, and D&D.On a quest that begins in my own geeky teenage past and ends in our online gaming future, I ask gaming and fantasy geeks how they balance their so-called "escapist" urges with the kingdom of adulthood, crisscrossing America, the world, and other worlds—from Boston to Wisconsin, New Zealand to France, and Planet Earth to the realm of Aggramar. I also spend time in the book debunking popular stereotypes about gamers and geeks.
Here's what some folks have to say:
"a breathless adventure/quest/memoir " –Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and author ofThe Posthuman Dada Guide
"Witty, downright funny, poignant, honest and ... well, wistful....Reading Ethan Gilsdorf's tale conjured my own Dungeons & Dragons and fantasy experiences, vividly, right down to finding some of my old character sheets in a 3-ring binder a decade and more after I had stopped using them." –R.A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author of forty novels, including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet and lead storyteller, 38 Studios game company
"A fun, quirky and fresh perspective for those wanting to know more about the amazing world of gaming." –David Brin, winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards, and author of The Postman, Kiln People and The Transparent Society
"An orcs-and-all journey through geekdom, told with affection for every elf, wizard and Dungeon Master it meets along the way. —Melissa Anelli, author of Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
"This is a delightful book—more fun than being a Dungeon Master to a group of high-level mages and thieves." —A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically
"Gilsdorf takes a Kerouac meets Cliffs Notes approach and gives us On the Road for the Star Wars generation."–Juan Carlos and Victor Piñeiro Escoriaza, creators of the award-winning documentary Second Skin
If you drop by booth #221 you can get info to register for The Great Geek Giveaway --- a trove of cool prizes and merchandise, including the new Dungeon Master's Guide 2 (http://tiny.cc/p7u7K ), a set of original paperbacks in TSR's "Endless Quest" (Choose Your Own Adventure) book series, a DVD of the gamer documentary "Second Skin" (http://www.secondskinfilm.com/) now hitting theaters, music from Harry and the Potters (http://harryandthepotters.com/), a signed copy of my book, and other goodies.
You can read more about my book "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks" here: http://www.fantasyfreaksbook.com/
Drop by Troll Lord Games booth # 221 and let's chat. I look forward to meeting you!
My book "FANTASY FREAKS AND GAMING GEEKS: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms" will be published September 1, 2009, by The Lyons Press/Globe Pequot Press.
* NEW INTRODUCTORY VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0knQcSAaws
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