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Dice Men: The Origin Story of Games Workshop

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Definitely worth getting in the full hardback glory just for the quality of the pictures and illustrations! Ultimately it’s hard to escape the idea that they just didn’t want it that much, and Ansell really did. They expanded to include miniatures rules and eventually they started to expand horizontally into designing and manufacturing miniatures.

They’re not of the right social class for it, but the phrase that keeps coming back to me to describe the two remaining Dice Men is “gentleman amateurs.As another reviewer has commented, the writing style is rather flat and a clear decision was made to favour broad overviews rather than anything particularly probing. I gave it 4 stars just because of the lack of more information about W40k, and the ending was way too abrupt. He is the former Executive Chairman of video games publisher Eidos where he launched blockbuster titles Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Hitman. Ian was executive chairman of Eidos until 2002, where he launched global games franchises such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Great run through of a company close to my heart, mostly covering a time period before I was a gamer myself, and told with some excellent humour from life starting to build the brand we know today.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Abertay Dundee in 2000, and in 2002 received the BAFTA Special Award for his outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment industry. In the early days, the 1980-1990s, there was a subscription service where GW would send you a game a month, and it was heavenly. It’s a nice touch, and it highlights just how many people’s contributions served to make something special out of humble beginnings.Second, that it's clear from the text that Livingstone was - and is - clearly a businessman first and a gamer second. 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 book has many pictures and artworks, but I was really hoping to know more about Warhammer 40k, how they came up with this universe, etc. There’s a whole chapter about a road trip that Livingstone and Jackson take across America, only barely relevant to the whole thing because it has the questionable business rationale that they go to Gen Con at the end of it.

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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If you’re into the GW artwork of that era there’s a bunch of that in here, and also personal photos from Livingstone and others on a range of subjects – GW’s various London offices, early Games Days, some holiday photos from Ian and Steve’s road trip around America that led to their first meeting with Gary Gygax, bits and pieces like that. Dealing with the negatives first, Dice Men is surprisingly flatly written given Ian Livingstone's strong credentials as a fantasy author. When Ian arrived home later that evening we excitedly told him of our plans, but it took him about 10 days or so to come around to the idea, following much cajoling, mainly by Steve. Nevertheless, the book still gives an impression of faint surprise at how things went, as if events just overtook Livingstone and Jackson and the company was swept out from under their feet. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.It's a wonderfully nostalgic piece of work, part memoir, part full-colour scrapbook, told with infectious enthusiasm and delivered with the pacing you would expect from an international best-selling author.

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