Released this week by TLB Games, Merlynd the Magician is a recently published retrospective of Don Kaye, co-founder of TSR and Gary Gygax's best friend before Don's untimely death in 1975.
Written by Rob Kuntz, who was also Don's friend and a gamer buddy, the 28-page booklet reveals Don Kaye the gamer, the family man, the business associate and the person staunchly behind Gary Gygax's vision of gaming and TSR's future.
Rob says that the book includes "vignettes both personal and game-related about Don Kaye, previously untold histories of TSR and the Lake Geneva gamers, battle reports that Don Kaye participated in, and more!"
Not only does the 8.5" x11" book includes illustrations and maps, but the product comes with 8.5" x 11" three full colour and sepia prints: Merlynd's Castle; Merlynd's Library; Merlynd's Work Room, by Eric Bergeron.
The first 300 orders also include a limited edition, signed and numbered black and white 8.5" x 11" print of Merlynd vs. the Balrog by the veteran illustrator Andy "ATOM" Taylor.
This invaluable insight into the early days of our hobby is a mere $15 (plus shipping) and can be purchased direct from TLB Games.
Originally offered as a high level perk for backing The Great Kingdom, the Kickstarted documentary about the creation of Dungeons & Dragons that then got bogged down in legal wrangles back in 2014 (soon after it funded), it's great to see Merlynd the Magician finally available to the general public.