Feb 24, 2020
Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl's Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game
Posted by Shelly Mazzanoble

Most Dungeons Dragons game players are men, yet storytelling and roleplaying come so naturally to women So where are all the female gamers The answer is everywhere Confessions of a Part time Sorceress is a smart, humorous examination of the Dungeons Dragons roleplaying game from a female gamer s point of view The book delves into the myths and realitiesMost Dungeons Dragons game players are men, yet storytelling and roleplaying come so naturally to women So where are all the female gamers The answer is everywhere Confessions of a Part time Sorceress is a smart, humorous examination of the Dungeons Dragons roleplaying game from a female gamer s point of view The book delves into the myths and realities of gamer stereotypes It explains how to build a character for a DD game, how to shop for gear, how to play, and how to find the perfect gaming group, all the while exploring the things that make the DD game a rewarding and recurring social experience for both men and women.

  • Title: Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl's Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game
  • Author: Shelly Mazzanoble
  • ISBN: 9780786947263
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Confessions of a Part Time Sorceress A Girl s Guide to the Dungeons Dragons Game Most Dungeons Dragons game players are men yet storytelling and roleplaying come so naturally to women So where are all the female gamers The answer is everywhere Confessions of a Part time Sorceress

    Sarah Rosenberger

    I think that the point of this book was to dispel the negative stereotypes that surround D&D gamers. Brilliantly, the author chose to do this by cramming every single hideously pink page of this book with negative stereotypes about women (Women love to shop! Women love fancy shoes! Women eat a lot of chocolate! Women can't control their emotions!). Genuinely awful.


    Amanda Cook

    My hubby bought this book after I showed some interest in wanting to read it. Now, I wish I had read it before this past weekend. Saturday was International Dungeons and Dragons Game Day, sponsored by Wizards of the Coast. I've played role-playing games before (and those, only very recently), but I've always been a little intimidated of D&D because of all the "math" involved and because it always seemed like a "boys only" type of game. My husband, however, is an avid gamer and has been since [...]


    Book Lover

    Not only is this woman completely insulting by utilizing pretty much every (often negative) stereotype about women to write her explanations, quickly turning from "girl power!" to ironically sexist, but she also comes across as being incredibly shallow and selfish. She heavily interrupts gameplay, sidetracks to completely mindless topics, and disrespects the rest of the players.Quite possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. I still want to play D&D, but only because I am familiar with [...]


    Julie

    In Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress, Shelly Mazzanoble sets out to do the seemingly impossible: introduce girly-girls to D&D. I will be the first to admit that I am not Mazzanoble's target audience. The girls she's talking to are the sort who fawn over shoes and purses, grab weekly mani-pedis in the summer, and down margaritas with their girlfriends. And maybe, just maybe, they wonder what the heck their boyfriends are doing when they go out to their "Dungeons and Dragons" nights and wha [...]


    Peony

    total disappointment- if only I'd read the reviews first. Here's the one that best captures the total letdown of this book for me:Not Recommended for Anyone (Male or Female), January 14, 2008 By Shann S. (Texas USA) - See all my reviews This book was not purchased by me or for me. My husband purchased this book for himself because he is interested in different views of his favorite hobby. He made it to page 11 before he gave up. He asked me to read it. I am a woman gamer. I am a girly-girl. How [...]


    Leighwoosey

    Unfortunately this book tried to introduce women to D&D by first assuming that all women are obsessed by fashion, celebrities and make up, then trying to explain how D&D is exactly like those things. On both points it is patently mistaken and we are left with 170 pages of unfunny remarks and coquettish self-obsession that try to cover these misapprehensions. Worse, the author obscures any useful information about the game behind tired remarks about shoes or cosmetics, producing a confuse [...]


    Shash

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!! If you know someone who plays D&D, or a friend, spouse, or significant other of someone who plays D&D, this book is for them. Written with a sense of humor, but with a point to make, this book is the best "Introduction to D&D" I have ever read! You'll laugh from beginning to end, but best of all, you will want to play the game after reading this.Don't be afraid to let out your inner geek!


    Michelle

    I've read a little over half the book already. If this book had been published while I was in middle school -- I probably would not have fought so hard against roleplaying! Shelly writes in a very conversational style and really brings in the benefits of being a girl in a D&D game. Absolutely wonderful.


    P. Aaron Potter

    Pure crap. Deeply, deeply condescending. My daughter, and all women, deserve better than this sneering, insulting junk. A perfect example of how badly WotC has lost its way. Go read *anything* by Wil Wheaton instead.


    Billy Candelaria

    My girlfriend is still on hold of playing DnD. But all in all a good book to introduce DnD to new and experience girl gamers


    Doreen

    As a girly-girl who RPGs twice a week, I demanded that my sister get me this for Christmas so I could see what the fuss was all about. Having read widely differing reviews on (from "You MUST get this for the woman in your life, D&D gamer!" to "It's all in pink, I'm so offended,") I was curious to see what the author had to say, despite the fact that I'm allergic to D&D itself (I'm more of a roll-and-keep kind of girl: 10-sided die, FTW! Ahem.) I quite enjoyed it, honestly: Mazzanoble br [...]


    Bcrane

    For D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) players it's a quick fun read, that may even give you some ideas for geting friends into RPG's (role-play games).I highly recommend this book to any woman who has had or does have a boyfriend, brother, son, husband, or friend that was in to RPG's. It demystifies the mystery that is Dungeons & Dragons, and the world of gamer geekdom. If you’ve ever been curious about the game, or just plain felt that you just didn’t get it give the book a read. From my [...]


    Karen

    As a female D&D player, I was happy to see a book like this - that is, until I read it. Instead of attracting women to D&D, I think that it just furthers many of the stereotypes about women - that all we care about is shopping and shoes and manicures and whatnot. I had to skim the last pages because I truly couldn't stand reading anything more that this author had written.


    Jane Higginson

    really enjoyed this it's a humorous fun quirky read,i could have done with reading it earlier on before I'd already come to know what a lot of the terms meant but still enjoyed it, I really like Shelly's sense of humour


    Rachael Quinn

    A little background here: Apparently, sometime around the holidays, I got a little drunk with my friends one night and agreed to play Dungeons & Dragons with them. Hubby is, well, he's a nerd and he was extremely excited by this prospect. For a couple of weeks, and I'm not trying to play into any stereotypes here whatsoever, he spent hours of every day in the basement, planning the game. I mostly cringed but didn't have the guts to back out because it made him sooooo happy. One night I sat t [...]


    C

    I always think geek girl/gaming books will be interesting, and realize mid-read that I'd rather just play the game and not sit around reading about it. That said, I get it - playing EQ2 for nearly 9 years now, I often feel compelled to explain all there is to a gaming world that most people don't get, haven't experienced, and won't be able to, for whatever reason. I think her cause - getting more people, particularly women, exposed to D&D and Role Playing Games - is great. I grew up in the " [...]


    Lady Jessica

    Written for women whose only experience with D&D was to use it to hurl insults at the nerds at school, this book gleefully tramples the old stereotypes of acne-riddled, dark-cloaked teenage boys huddled in Mom's basement saying weird, voodoo things like, "I'll cast magic missile."Equal parts how-to guide and tongue-in-cheek (and out of cheek) confessional, this book goes where only a few women have gone before in the world of the most popular roleplaying game.From creating a character to the [...]


    Maryann

    As a girl who recently started playing D&D, I thought this book would be rather useful. I admit to being somewhat of a girly-girl myself (always wears dresses, etc), but the girlishness of this was over-the-top. Let's just say I also spend significantly more time in the company of men than of women, as both a nerd and a bass handbell ringer. Did it contain any useful info? A bit. However, it also focused on a limited range of character types, and my druid was not one of them, so, no, not so [...]


    Alice Urchin

    I got this book for $3 on and had pretty low expectations that the book somehow failed to meet. I ordered a bunch of D&D books and this popped up in my recommendations, so I basically just said, "Eh, why not!" and bought it. This book tries really hard to be cheeky but is actually just vapid. It's littered with stereotypically girly analogies (tons of references to shopping and manicures) that don't totally pan out, as the author seems so focused on the bubblegum pink girl power lady talk t [...]


    Metagnat

    This is very cutesy-poo. A very quick read. Genuinely funny in places, mildly offensive in others. It claims to bust stereotypes about D&D players while capitalizing on them.As for the "guide" aspect, unsurprisingly, this book is full of Duh for anyone who has played even a session of an RPG. It seems designed for gamer folk to give non-playing girlfriends. I was a little disappointed that it didn't even mention that there are a wealth of RPGs out there besides D&D, but not surprise as i [...]


    Kelly

    I'm going to go half way on the star ratings as I'm not entirely sure if this was brilliant deadpan satire, horribly sexist, or if they really did honestly think that my sister's demographic was a viable market for D&D . Regardless, the book has some nice cute pictures, and it does discuss rules in a conversational way and I can always use a refresher on those. It's a nice curiosity for my bookshelf at any rate!


    BG Josh

    I just discovered that I had not actually written a review of this book.The target audience for this book is two fold. Vacuous girly girls who might be interested in DnD and misogynists who want their horrible opinions of women verified. If you do not fit in those camps, I would just avoid this book.


    Jessica

    So, the information on how D&D works was good and relatively interesting, but man, was the presentation shallow and vapid.Did you know that all women love shopping, name brand shoes and handbags, and celebrity gossip? I sure do now! The excessive amount of pink didn't bother me as much as it did some other reviewers, but the general opinion of women was really icky.


    Hillary

    I really enjoyed this book. Yes, she does type-cast women as shoe-loving shopaholics, but I think she does this on purpose. It makes the point that ANYONE can play D&D. All you need is a little imagination, some dice, and a basic understanding of the rules.


    RogueHireling

    This book was not to my liking. But then I dont think it was written with me in mind. I didnt understand most of her references nor did the book give me any more insight into the D&D system.


    Air

    I was originally given this book when I was 8 or 9, right before I entered my first D&D game. At the time I absolutely loved it; I was used to being surrounded by males, mocked by other girls my age, and all the classic horrors of not being one of the "preppy" ones. Because of those reasons, this book really jumped for me; I loved hearing about other girls (or in this case, women) who not only loved D&D (and other geeky things), but still loved pink and girly things too! I loved being to [...]


    KP

    A cute, funny little book that introduces people- specifically women- to DnD.I was having a conversation with a friend about something that happened during my DnD game, and casually asked if she even knew what I was talking about. To my surprise, she said that she always wanted to play DnD, in part because of this book. Obviously, I had to check it out (after, of course, I invited her to join my game)!It was a very cute book, very tongue-in-cheek and silly. But it was also a book that didn't see [...]


    Jamie

    3.5 starsA playful basic (and "girly") guide to getting started in playing D&D. Being a former gamer (no time to commit regularly anymore sadly) some of this was redundant but I do like how Shelly nixes some stereotypes of basement gamers, and how not all RPG gaming is LARPING (although she doesn't cover that that too is a type). The style of writing is light, playful and a bit humorous at times.Sometimes her fashion and celeb rants get annoying though. I liked the RPG personality tests. App [...]


    Heather

    Having played DnD for a few years now and just now having read this book, I can honestly say I wish I had read it before I had started gaming. When it's not showing the dramatized view of a "girly girl" it was very helpful in explaining terms, rules, and expectations of the game. Definitely recommend to someone who's just getting in; just worn them about the "girly girl" mentality and that it seems to be from an older edition :)


    Randy Tenvoorde

    Not even going to waste time writing all the reasons this should get less than 1 star. Imagine Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City trying to write a book for girls about D&D, but none will ever play D&D but they'll talk about how they read the book she wrote about D&D. If this passes for writing about D&D from Wizards, I'm ashamed to say I'm a fan of their products.Abhorrent.



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