David M. Ewalt

David M. Ewalt (born 1976) is an American journalist and author. Ewalt is the author of the books Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It (2013)[1] and Defying Reality: The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution (2018).[2]

David M. Ewalt
Born1976 (age 4243)
OccupationJournalist & Author


David M. Ewalt is special projects editor for Reuters and writes for a wide range of media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and New York magazine.[3] Previously, Ewalt was deputy editor of Forbes magazine, where he wrote numerous in-depth cover stories on technology companies including Oculus VR,[4] Magic Leap,[5] Microsoft,[6] Mojang,[7] SHI International,[8] and Bigelow Aerospace.[9] Prior to Forbes he was a reporter at InformationWeek.[10]

Ewalt is regarded as an expert on the intersection of technology and gaming and has been interviewed by media outlets including the New York Times[11] and National Public Radio,[12][13] and he was a frequent guest on the live television program Attack of the Show![14][15]

Ewalt has also been invited to speak to organizations including Google,[16] Microsoft Research,[17] and Huawei.[18]


In 2013, Simon & Schuster published Ewalt's first book, Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It, about the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. It was reviewed by major publications including The Wall Street Journal,[19] The Seattle Times,[20] The Los Angeles Times,[21] Kirkus,[22] and Publisher's Weekly.[23] The book was picked as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year[24] and listed as one of Hudson Booksellers' Best Books of 2013.[25]

In 2009, Ewalt co-created the inaugural Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People and has edited each annual update of the ranking.[3] The list has received significant global coverage and attention in the media, and Ewalt has appeared as a guest to discuss it on outlets including CNN,[26] MSNBC,[27] CNBC,[28] and Fox Business Network.[29]


  1. Ewalt, David M. (2013-08-20). Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It. New York: Scribner. ISBN 9781451640502. OCLC 893156770.
  2. Ewalt, David M. (2018-07-17). Defying Reality: The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution. New York: Blue Rider Press. ISBN 9781101983713. OCLC 1047655715.
  3. "About David M. Ewalt". Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  4. "Palmer Luckey: Defying Reality". Forbes. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  5. "Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever". Forbes. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  6. "Microsoft Xbox Is Winning The Living Room War. Here's Why". Forbes. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  7. "Inside The Post-Minecraft Life Of Billionaire Gamer God Markus Persson". Forbes. 2013-03-03. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  8. "The Modest Tycoon Behind America's Biggest Woman-Owned Business". Forbes. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  9. "Cosmic Landlord". Forbes. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  10. Ewalt, David. "David M. Ewalt - InformationWeek". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  11. Gilsdorf, Ethan (2012-01-09). "Players Roll the Dice for Dungeons & Dragons Remake". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  12. "Virtual Reality Is About To Get Very Real". 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  13. "1.14.15: The New Puberty, Hits And Misses From CES, & A History Of Cheerleading". 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  14. "Breaking Down The Apple News". 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  15. "Windows 7 Reactions and a Steve Jobs Absence". 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  16. "David Ewalt: "Defying Reality: The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution" - Talks at Google". 2018-09-16. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  17. "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It - Microsoft Research". 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  18. "4th European Huawei Innovation Day". 2017-04-08. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  19. "Tales From the Basement". The Wall Street Journal. 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  20. "'Of Dice and Men': the lure of Dungeons & Dragons". The Seattle Times. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  21. "There be dragons: 'Of Dice and Men' explores the story of D&D". The Los Angeles Times. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  22. "OF DICE AND MEN". Kirkus. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  23. "Nonfiction Book Review: Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It". Publisher's Weekly. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  24. "Best of 2013". Amazon.com. 2013. Archived from the original on November 30, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  25. "Hudson Booksellers Announces the Best Books of 2013". PR Newswire. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  26. "Forbes releases 2015 most powerful people list". 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  27. "Putin ranks at top of 'Most Powerful People' list". 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  28. "Forbes most powerful person of 2016 is not Trump". 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  29. "Trump beat by Putin, China's Xi in Forbes most powerful person list". 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2019-06-23.

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