A coffee table book on the history of pen&paper role-playing
In “Drachenväter” (“Dragonfathers”) Konrad Lischka and Tom Hillenbrand tell the story of how Dungeons & Dragons started the role-playing game phenomenon and forever changed how we play and view the world. In great detail “Drachenväter” describes the history of American and European games like “Tunnels & Trolls”, “Das Schwarze Auge” or “Drakar & Demoner”. Lischka and Hillenbrand trace the roots of D&D, from early Prussian and British wargaming to the stories of the first world builders: Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber and J.R.R. Tolkien. The authors show how the first virtual realities came to life with some dice, rules and a dungeon master as the interface to new world.
We published “Drachenväter” in early 2014 after collecting 20.511 € in one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in Germany for a book project. The backers of the campaign (running on Startnext, the German Kickstarter) financed a full-color print with sewn binding, 360 pages and bonus content. Details: 17 x 24 cm (twice as large as a Kindle Paperwhite), hardcover.