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Elfish Gene by Mark Barrowcliffe
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Jul 26, 2011

it was ok

I have mixed feelings about this story as an ex-role-playing gamer myself.
The author was a complete D&D addict in his teenage years, years mythical to me as a fan, i.e. the late '70s, when the game was new to the world - I wasn't even born.
His identification with the fictional characters he played is uncanny, the antics described sometimes truly embarrassing and sad. Some moments are hysterically funny, though - I think of his ill-fated attempt to impersonate a ninja in his own home or the experiments with (real) fireballs.
It does include pedantic pages, which I read with the annoying sensation of having gone through the same squabble and childish fights during games with my mates in years where we should have been out clubbing or whatever else.
If you are not interested in RPGs you might find it difficult, if not irrelevant. If you used to play, you will probably go through the same sensations as I did. If you still play... you might consider stopping.

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