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Some will tell you that you need to have played roleplaying games to find this funny, but honestly, you don't – the tale doesn't at all revolve around r ...more
1. The jokes rely on the reader having an experience of tabletop roleplaying. Not a big issue for me as I eat and breath the stuff.
2. The constant story resets, weird event happenings are hilarious but often cause weird story breaks that in experienced readers might get confused on. Jumping between the god and 'mortal' character POV is useful but it might have helped to focus more on one or the other each chapter.
3. The author does a good job of show ...more
But it's also wonderfully written, for all that the trite nature of some of the situations, and is the story of a bunch of gods (and the mortals they control) discovering the nature of the mortal realm as they play through the Allfather's game.
There are hilarious one-liners, player behavior that flies in the face of common sense, game master cowardice/obfuscation, and am ...more
"These gods should not play dice games. Period." Me, reviewing this book.
In a fantasy world of magic and dragons and elves ("they're not elves") a band of adventurers sets off on possibly the most important quest in existence: to become absurdly wealthy and ridiculously famous. And maybe prevent the end of the world, as a side effect of the wealth and fame thing.
But their fate is not of their own making. For each one of th ...more
In the Overland, the Gods are playing a game because, well you know, it's game night. However, they aren't using token but real people on the world below them. Now they must guide their mortals through the AllFathers game and try to save the land they live on.
This story was a lot of fun. The game story is a good one and the asides that pop up from the gods add a lot of humor. Others have said that it br ...more
One star... didn't finish as I didn't like it
2 stars.. .finished but didn't enjoy it
3 stars ... finished and liked it
4 stars.. chewed down like a kobe slider
5 stars... was amazing and would be a multiple re-read.
I am giving it a 2, however, for all the effort and painful experience that clearly went into it.
In just about forever!
The scenarios all ring true to every game night I've ever taken part in, and the "players as gods manipulating mortal puppets" is possibly the most brilliant ever!
On this world, the barbarian Yann, dark paladin Draag, wise wizard Tallenna, halfling thief Hill Bigfella, and the enigmatic and slow-moving fighter Stone are tasked with going on an epic quest and preventing the destruction of their world. For ...more
It was a light, entertaining read, extremely funny in places, but it suffered from the fact that all the characters were relatively dislikeable. I understood that was the point (because they're modelled on BAD role-players) so it was superficially an "effective" conceat. However, there was only so much I could forgive them before they started to set my te...more
If you have seen "Knights of the Dinner Table" you know what I mean, but there is the rub. While this kind of disfunctionality is great for a humorous vignette from time to time, it is not funny enough to fill a full book that you are supposed to read in one go.
It is good, however, to quench any ...more
And the lines about the AllFather's passive-aggressive jealousy of fellow-god "Mr. Six Days" with his "internally consistent universe" cont ...more
It's the sort of humour of "Order of the Stick" or "Dork Tower", but now in handy novel form.
It might not make you a better roleplayer, it might not help you run better games, but it should help you relax a little about your own dysfunctional gaming group.
It should be awesome.
Instead, it was just.... meh. Much to my pity. There aren't enough games about RPers, and that celebrate RPing, and this could have had such a great thing.
Instead it was just forgettable.
I remember vaguely smiling here and there, but I also remember my annoyance at the Terry Pratchetesque ending with a deus ex machina, so 2 stars it is.
It's a great read! And filled with such subtle criticisms of the world we live in as to be brilliant, especially considering that gaming is itself the criticism. We'll read, and the ending is also to,subtly brilliant I smiled and sat for a few minutes reveling in it. Thanks for the read!
This book did something that no other book I've read in a long time has done. It surprised me every few pages by doing something I never thought it would do. All the way through it kept me guessing. This is a much better book than you think it is. Give a try.
I began my writing career by launching the cult gaming webzine Critical Miss (criticalmiss.com), before moving on to write regular columns ...more