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Preview — Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons - One Woman's Quest to Trade Self-Help for Elf-Help by Shelly Mazzanoble
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons - One Woman's Quest to Trade Self-Help for Elf-Help
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This is not for people new to D&D, as it takes no steps to explain the game. References to tieflings, DCs, and initiative rolls are made with no context. The author also clearly plays 4th edition, so even I was put off by talk about strikers and whatever. I feel like an officially licensed book marketed to women th ...more
On one hand, I want Shelly Mazzanoble and everyone like her to get themselves out of 'my hobby' and most assuredly away from D&D. She presents herself as a shallow, insipid, mostly stupid [insert the proper term for the female version of a "man-child" here]. Worse, she doesn't seem to understand D&D beyond what her limited, seemingly work mandated experiences have brought to light. She does not do a good job of explaining D&D to those unfamiliar with it and she com ...more
Don't really go here for stories actually related to D&D....though to be fair I guess the title says it. It's a sort of memoir of how she came to know D&D as a player, other's reaction to it (and don't all of us [gamers] know about that) and the life lessons she learned. t might be said to be a practical application for lessons from D&D book.
I found myself quickly a bit bored and skimming. Th ...more
I started reading this late a night, then in the morning I took it to the ...more
I enjoyed the book, though I won't say that it is the most groundbreaking read. I chuckled quite a bit, which is what I was hoping for, so it met my needs and expectations. I am a dabbler in D&D, so I recognize many ...more
It's not a terrible book. I guess some people would find it very entertaining, as it illustrates this parallel journey between gaming and the vicissitudes of life, especially from the perspective of a non-millennial woman (don't bite my head off - millennials ha ...more
Alas, it doesn't keep up the pace. As the book goes along, there's less D&D and more sitcom, or even rom-com, and my interest started to fade. Recommended for D&D players who are looking for a different take on their favor ...more
For a self-help book this isn't very helpful or insightful. In fact, I think the "self-help" in the title is satire. Were we supposed to see this as a real self-help book?
Side-note: Mrs. Fox and the Tattle Tail? Repugnant. And yes, someone putting boogers in your c ...more
Many of her example stories were great bits and her storytelling style is something I can relate to (and would wish to emulate). That sense of incredulous, somewhat dry humor, that is by turns self-deprecating and also boastful is one I can get down with.
There were some things that stopped me from rating this any higher than middle ...more
If you, or any woman you know, for that matter, has an interest in gaming of any kind, please just pretend that this book does not exist. It is nothing but a couple hundred pages of apologetic, vain, gamer girl nonsense. Don't get me wrong, the struggles the author faces with her family and relationships are very real, but trying to align them with different D&D mecha ...more
Everyone has issues. How we deal with those issues is often a very personal journey. Being abl ...more
Also, it is unfair to level all the blame on Shelly. She has an editor and, one must imagine, friends. They deserve some of the scorn.
I could give a blow by blow of the ...more
Motivated by her strong desire to curate menus for cocktail parties and her friends’ penchant for drinking free beer, Shelly has gone on to publish short stories and essays in Carve, The Seattle Times, Scary ...more