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Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons

October 4, 2011 - Amy Phelps
A woman attempts to bring the lessons taught in the role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons" into regular life in "Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons" by Shelly Mazzanoble.

This hilarious book deals with Mazzanoble's mom constantly sending her self-help books and Mazzanoble getting her own self-help through her experiences with the role-playing game. She also writes about her and her mother's constant communication and addiction to reality television in an offbeat and hilarous way.

Mazzanoble tries to relate her love of D&D into world religions when she tries to live a day in her life to the tennaments of D&D "gods" with hilarious results, trying to get her friend a date by having her wear a D&D-related shirt (which did not work,) what she can learn from a good Dungeon Master and use in her fight with her building's tennant group, how her world is turned upside down when her long-time boyfriend moves in, how archetypes are a lot like roommates' personalities and how kids can learn a lot from D&D.

I thought this book was hilarious and even though I don't know much about D&D, Mazzanoble's definitely got the relatable girl-next-door vibe that makes her easily relatable no matter if you love roleplaying games or not. And since the book is largely about family, friends, being single and being a couple, setting up friends and babysitting, there's more to the story than make-believe fighters and elves that all readers will laugh with and relate to.

"Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons" is published by Wizards of the Coast. It is $12.95 and 181 pages long.


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