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Summary

With tongue-in-cheek humor, the creator of the award-winning Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress takes on the self-help section, proving that the benefits of the Dungeons & Dragons game goes far beyond simple entertainment. "Shelly Mazzanoble shows us 'how she rolls', by meeting her everyday encounters with self-effacing charisma and plucky fortitude," says Dan Milano, writer for the TV series Robot Chicken.

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Oh dear, not as good as it intended to be

I really wanted to like this, I tried. I shared it with girlfriends, I shared it with colleagues.
No-one writes this kind of stuff. While trying to knock down non-gamers cliched view of gamers, our mighty Shelly just goes and proves their point.
The reader is brilliant, funny, charming, makes what could be a terribly dull book slightly amusing. So full marks for Kathleen, I look forward to hearing you in more and hopefully better material.

As for this wonderful tome, Shelly focus a little more on telling the stories of the gamers you shared a table with, those sequences were brilliant. Alas the bits where you recounted your actions were a little preachy, overly dramatic and frankly disappointing.

Not on my recommended list. Though it is good to see people writing about gamers and gaming in this kind of style.

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  • Ronn McCarrick
  • 13-07-18

A Different Take On Things

This was a good listen. The narration was well done, the story flowed well and was interesting, but I could do without most of the sidebars. I wouldn't say that I couldn't put this down, but I did blast through it in two or three days of listening, which is pretty fast for me to go through a seven and a half hour recording. Shelly offers an insight into a life I find difficult to imagine... who talks to their mom every day? But it was interesting to me and I think it does a good job of taking away some of the stigma that gets built up around tabletop role playing. She is someone who I can totally see at the gaming table, and at the same time a person who I would not expect to be a gamer. But such is life and gamers are found in the most unlikely places. I enjoyed this book, even though there were large parts I couldn't relate too.Shelly Mazzanoble does a great job of laying it all out on the table.