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Of Dice and Men

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Decades before social media, there was Dungeons & Dragons. Since the 70s the collaborative game has been the center of one of the original nerd subcultures. And while you may imagine that Paladins, Thieves and Clerics battling Orcs and Hobgoblins is a thing of the past, there are still millions of fans. Journalist David Ewalt is one of them. He's written a book that chronicles the history of D&D and Friday, he joins guest host Terry Gildea to talk about the influence of this popular (and widely misunderstood) game.

David Ewalt is a senior editor at Forbes, where he writes the blog Spacewar. His book is called "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It." [ Amazon| Indiebound]

Terry Gildea comes to KUER from San Antonio where he spent four years as a reporter and host at Texas Public Radio. While at KSTX, he created, produced and hosted the station's first local talk show, The Source. He covered San Antonio's military community for the station and for NPR's Impact of War Project. Terry's features on wounded warriors, families on the home front and veterans navigating life after war have aired on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. His half-hour radio documentary exploring the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center was honored by the Houston Press and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Prior to his position in San Antonio, Terry covered Congress for two years with Capitol News Connection and Public Radio International . He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, fixing bicycles and rooting for his hometown Seattle Mariners.