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Dice Men: The Origin Story of Games Workshop

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La única pega que le pondría al libro es que los capítulos no estén necesariamente en riguroso orden cronológico, sino que son más bien "temáticos", con lo que a menudo se vuelve atrás en el tiempo o se salta adelante de un capítulo a otro. I feel strongly that Dice Men almost completely ignores my pivotal role in those early times, not only with conceiving the name, but also the crucial financial contribution I made in the first twelve months, producing wooden games for sale and thereby funding our fledgling business. They started dabbling in inventing their own games too including the Warhammer Fantasy Role-playing Game.

Then, they started publishing their own games magazine, White Dwarf, that was similar to Dragon magazine at the time in that it was full of role-playing articles and scenarios. In a matter of months Bryan Ansell has fucked off all the bits about London GW that he didn’t like, including its London location; gone is the generalist approach to retail, the grab-bag of board games and RPG licences and dicking about with video games. We began thinking of ways to be more hands-off in the day-to-day running of our company but without giving up control,” says Livingstone, clearly anticipating the best of both worlds, but the agreement that puts Ansell in charge also includes handing him a majority of the company within four years, so the “without giving up control” part doesn’t last long.It was a very interesting read; I enjoyed it a lot, especially after finding out that Ian and Steve were the authors of the Fighting Fantasy books I used to read when I was a kid. This story is full of fascinating facts about lesser known games from the early days of the company, as well as the origins of the ones everyone knows, and Livingstone has a gift for making the story flow engagingly and engrossingly throughout.

The excuse of a ten-book Fighting Fantasy contract to deliver looks a little thin when you remember that just a few pages ago Livingstone mentions that they’d started subcontracting them out.Space Marines get just two mentions in the book – one a brief quote from Bob Naismith about sculpting the first metal one, and then a mention of the artwork on the RT cover. My thanks to to Ian and Steve for sharing their memories; I’m now eagerly awaiting the followup just announced covering the Fighting Fantasy years.

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