There is one book that I believe is at the foundation of all gamer’s pasts, or if it’s not, it should be. It’s a classic tale of a hero’s quest, but one told in an ancient, different world, but one that’s not so different that we can’t see ourselves in it. The group comes together soon in the beginning and go on to face many different threats, but overcome them together. At one point, they are divided up and forced to rely on their own wits. The lead character gains a powerful artifact that will help in his future adventures and ultimately they all go up against an insurmountable threat, only to succeed. Their success though isn’t the end of the journey, but rather leads to a new battle, one which brings the forces of the world together to battle.
This could be many books, featuring the heroes’ journey, and is a plot that many our adventures follow, but it is beautifully told and again, is often the yardstick against which we, consciously or not, judge our own games.
It is none other than, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.