The Bones is a wonderful and entertaining read for anyone who has ever gamed. You’ll smile as you recognize the victories in getting the perfect roll at the right time and commiserate with the low roll that caused everything to fall apart. In between, you’ll laugh and maybe even learn something.

GeekDad @ Wired Magazine

The Bones

The Bones

Edited by Will Hindmarch

Now shipping.

Written by Keith Baker, Jason L Blair, Greg Costikyan, Ray Fawkes, Matt Forbeck, Pat Harrigan, Jess Hartley, Fred Hicks, Will Hindmarch, Kenneth Hite, John Kovalic, James Lowder, Russ Pitts, Jesse Scoble, Mike Selinker, Jared Sorensen, Paul Tevis, Jeff Tidball, Monica Valentinelli, Chuck Wendig, and Wil Wheaton

Including interviews with Irving Finkel, Scott Nesin, and Cardell Kerr

…if you want to get one (or more) copies of just this book.
…if you also want to pick up Hamlet’s Hit Points or Things We Think About Games.

ISBN 13: 978-0-9818840-1-1
ISBN 10: 0-9818840-1-6
6×9 inches • 224 pages • softcover
$18.95 (US)

About the Book

This isn’t about math. It’s about unlucky breaks and victory against all odds.

This isn’t about percentiles and probabilities. It’s about late-night game-ending rolls where everything hinges on that climactic moment when one single die skitters across the table and determines the fate of a hero, a city, an empire…

The Bones gathers writing about fandom and family—about gamers, camaraderie, and memories— and ties them together where they meet: our dice. These are essays and anecdotes about the ways dice make us crazy, about the stakes we play for and the thrill we get from not knowing what the next roll will bring.

Step back and look at how we play with dice.

Ordering Information

Orders for The Bones: Us and Our Dice placed on the Gameplaywright web site ship directly from us, processed and mailed by our own hands. In addition to ordering the book from us, you can also…

Most Gameplaywright books are available to retailers through hobby game distribution channels via Impressions Advertising & Marketing. The Bones, however, is an exception, and is instead available via co-publisher Atomic Overmind Press’s arrangement with Publisher Services Inc. (PSI). If you’re a retailer having any difficulty finding any of our titles, including The Bones, please don’t hesitate to e-mail

Kindle and ePub editions of The Bones are in the works, but we’re hesitant to suggest a release date because we’re not sure how long it’s going to take us to assemble the files and push them into channels. If you’re sick of waiting, we’d probably find a gentle e-mail request to get a move on motivational. (Check the sidebar for e-mail addresses.)

The Special Edition

A hardcover special edition of The Bones was available in a limited window in late May and early June, 2010. The special edition run was printed exactly to order; no more are available. All special edition hardcovers were signed and numbered by The Bones editor Will Hindmarch. Those who ordered also received an advance PDF copy.

The Dice-O-Matic Mark II

The interview in The Bones with Scott Nesin, inventor of the Dice-O-Matic, promises a link to the marvelous YouTube video of his marvelous creation. Follow the link, or watch it here. In either case, pick your jaw up off the floor when you’re done.

Although it wasn’t apropos of the topic of dice and so didn’t make its way into The Bones, in the process of interviewing Scott, I read an account he wrote of his then four-year-old son’s drive to… well, that would be telling, and it’d spoil the story. Read “Wood Tape;” it’ll be worth the time.


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