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Confessions of a Part-time Sorceress: A Girl's Guide to the D&D Game (Dungeons & Dragons) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 18, 2007
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Author Shelly Mazzanoble writes from the point of view of an extremely (even hyper-) girly young woman who loves to shop, watch soaps and get mani-pedis- and who also loves participating in the ongoing campaigns of Astrid the elf and her band of adventurers. She wants to convince women that D&D isn't all about smelly geeks in a basement casting arcane spells and speaking with cheesy British accents while dressed in chainmaille and Ren Faire outfits. Her thesis is that it's just about groups of friends coming together on a regular basis for a fun, wholesome activity that fires the imagination, fosters social skills and helps participants gain confidence.
Let me just say up front that I am exactly the sort of person towards whom this book is aimed. My husband is an avid D&D player, as have been many of my male friends throughout my life. I always thought it was a boy thing- a little seedy, a little smelly, and just a little weird. I was in college before I knew any women who played, and they weren't, uhm, people I could relate to. So I just thought, this isn't for me, and put it aside. So when this book came along I thought, okay, let's see if this woman can sell me on D&D. Cause if she can sell me, she can sell anyone.
Most of the book consists of a girly primer on the basics of D&D.Read more ›
But that is all part of a carefully crafted strategy to create a mind-bend for all the women who believe in the "Gamers are all nerdy men who still live in their parents' basement and eat doritos for dinner" stereotype.
She NEVER says that all women are shallow and only think of shoes. She says that SHE is a shallow girly-girl who would rather pick out a handbag than do any math. She is describing entering the world of gaming from HER point of view. You may not be the same type of person the author is, but you do not have to take on the holier than thou feminist attitude that all depictions of girly-girl are creating a world of unempowered women. I will grant that if you do not find it humorous to read page after page of shopping and pop-culture analogies as they apply to D&D, this is not the book for you.
I thought this book did a good job at what it set out to do: break the stereotypes regarding gamers and gaming while providing a breezy and entertaining read. You do not receive any but the most basic of basics regarding the game of D&D, so do not read this book with learning the game as an expectation. But you do receive lots of information about the benefits of gaming as far as social interaction, confidence building, and creativity. And if that's not important to impart to those with a negative view of gaming, I'm not sure what is.Read more ›
The book is written in a light-hearted tone that really carries the reader along. There is a lot of humor and it is interesting to see a "girly-girl's" take on the game. There are plenty of stereotypes in the book that make it easy to draw analogies between a girl's world and D&D. And while most girls are not likely chic as this one is, most could likely understand the world that she is describing.
Also, this book is also for women who have never played the game before and really don't have much of a clue as to what it is about. If you already play the game, then this book is not going to be much more than a quick, fun, light-hearted read that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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Bought this for my wife who indulges my semi-monthly online game and my F2F D&D game with my 40-something neighbors. We're all professionals these days with wives and kids. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy Stone
I knew from the get go that this book was meant to be advertisement for D&D in general (and I was right, judging by how much product placement there was: "Have you read... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ana C. Silva
Just finished reading this book this past weekend and I have to say it was pretty difficult to finish. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kathryn D
I've been wanting to get into D&D for years - but the stats bit always made me dizzy. I'm more of a in it for the story girl. Read this book - and it all finally clicked. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
No. Just. Stop.
This makes me want to vomit up my femininity and join the dudes because UNFORTUNATELY, my existence as a woman ties me, in even the most minuscule way,... Read more
This is the book that helped me the most getting started doing D&D. I grabbed a copy for my friend's wedding (they're both big geeks, she'll love it) and for my daughter when she's... Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Jeff
I bought this book years ago and I still pick it up from time to time just to read sections. Shelly captured the essense of Table top roleplaying and it is enjoyable to see it from... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by clint
I've been playing RPGs for most of my life, started with FF8 and Pokemon, played mostly videogames, mage knights, and I wanted to see what D&D was all about before buying supplies... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Rachel