My husband is an avid Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) player. He doesn’t get to play very much, but is working on getting me involved. I’ve only played once, and while I loved the game, I didn’t understand a lot of what was going on. So, while he was looking for his birthday gift for himself, he found a book for me: Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game by Shelly Mazzanoble.
First off, the book is written by a woman who works for Wizards of the Coast (the official home of all things DnD-related, but didn’t get the job because she was a “gamer” or “roleplayer”. I think that’s one of the biggest things that makes the book so relateable. That, and she’s a total girly-girl, complete to a pair of pink-pink d20 dice. Personally, I’ve got a purple and white Borealis set that Josh got for me at a gaming store here in Topeka.
The book is very well written, and is hilarious. There’s an introduction by R.A Salvatore, and his wife Diane. R.A. is a gamer, but his wife isn’t, so it gives you two different perspectives. The book also has “diary entries” by Astrid, Shelly’s elf sorceress, which are told in half present “real world” speak and in DnD speak.
Shelly breaks down DnD for a beginner so that it’s easy to understand, but also does it in a way that makes you want to know more.
Some quotes of her amazing writing:
Elf: Elves are hot. Okay, maybe I’m biased. Or maybe Orlando Bloom rocks a pair of pointy ears better than most. Elves are creative, graceful, and have a penchant for spellcasting. Standing about 5-1/2 feet tall, they have average in-seams, which means they seldom need to have their pants hemmed. Elves have been spotted vacationing in Ashland, Oregon during the Shakespeare festival. Play an elf if The Witches of Eastwick inspired you, you have a flair for individuality, or if you look good in tights.
Rogue: Who hasn’t encountered a rogue or two? Cunning little bastards – sorry. Wrong Book. The rogue is the guy in high school who chalked IDs adn turned fifteen-year-old babysitters into twenty-eight-year-old baby mamas. The rogue picks a lock with his Amex card and uses his charm to avoid paying late fees. He’s the kid who followed you to school making fart noises, told everyone you slept with a teddy bear and a nightlight, and copied your math homework. You probably had a crush on him.
So, if you’re wanting to learn more about Dungeons and Dragons, or if you’re just looking for an interesting read, check out Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game by Shelly Mazzanoble. It’s a worthwhile read that you won’t regret.