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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
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Jan 15, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

This book should have been around when I was in high school, maybe then there would have been some girls to game with.

It's interesting to compare this to "Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress", by Shelly Mazzanoble. That book was intended to be an introduction to D&D for women, and was published by Wizards of the Coast to promote D&D. It didn't seem to do a very good job. Maybe it sold gangbusters and there a ton of all-lady groups killing monsters, but nobody seems to have heard of them.

This book is about a teenaged girl's life, and mentioned gaming as something she tried and found fun. The book isn't really about gaming, it's about being a teenager and discovering who your real friends are, and how to tell. But it made my wife interested in trying D&D in a way that "Confessions" never did. Wizards of the Coast, look up Julie Halpern, she's the publicity you need.

I really liked the girl's family; her brother and parents seemed like kindly, supportive types in contrast with the wackiness going on in her life.

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