David Brawley's Reviews > The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange

The Elfish Gene by Mark Barrowcliffe
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Aug 19, 10

Read in June, 2010

I had several people recommend me this book... after I'd already finished it, which I thought was funny. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. The problem is that the author very obviously has mixed feelings about D&D and the role (or is that roll) it played in his life. While he tries to look back at it and laugh, it also seems like he blames it for how poorly things went for him as a child. At the end, after writing most of he book he tries to game again, and the group he finds as an adult was pretty much as dysfunctional as the one he played with as a child. I think that's sad, and I hope that since then he's gotten the chance to play with some well adjusted people.
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