This was not what I had imagined. The DM for my current weekly D&D group is the editor of this book, so I’ve been hearing about it for a while. However he had been referring to it as ‘his book’ so I thought he was the author and that it was a book full of his musings. I consider him an intelligent guy that is well-educated in fields I’m interested it, so I was looking forward to a whole book from him. So kind of disappointed when it turned out to be a series of essays by lots of different people. He does have one essay, and I think it was the most concisely written, but it was only one of 15 essays.
However, the content itself was quite good. Basically they are all using D&D and D&D concepts to introduce philosophy to the reader. It is all very entry level stuff. I’m sure that someone like self-proclaimed philosopher InquistorM would find it fairly simplistic. Even I found it shallow in places. I spend a lot of time thinking about most of the subjects they cover, and just on my own had gotten further than the essays cover. I’m betting it would be a good introduction to people that don’t think about that sort of thing. The writing quality varies but is above average to pretty good. The D&D references varied as well from simple name and term uses to actually talking about the game itself.
I would recommend this. Certainly to anyone wanting a gateway book for philosophy, morality, and related topics. Even people not needing the entry level stuff might find it interesting to read. I certainly did even though I didn’t get much from it either knowledge or thought-provoking ideas. The amazon look inside feature will let you check out the table of contents, so you should certainly go do at least that much.