¸ The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange Á Download by ☆ Mark Barrowcliffe Coventry, For A Brief, Blazing Summer, Twelve Year Old Mark Barrowcliffe Had The Chance To Be NormalHe Blew ItWhile Other Teenagers Concentrated On Being Coolly Rebellious, Mark Like Twenty Million Other Boys In The S And S Chose To Spend His Entire Adolescence In Fart Filled Bedrooms Pretending To Be A Wizard Or A Warrior, An Evil Priest Or A Dwarf Armed Only With Pen, Paper And Some Funny Shaped Dice, This Lost Generation Gave Themselves Up To The Craze Of Fantasy Role Playing Games, Stopped Chatting Up Girls And Started Killing DragonsExtremely Funny, Not A Little Sad And Really Quite Strange, The Elfish Gene Is An Attempt To Understand The True Inner Nerd Of The Adolescent Male Last Pick At Football, Spat At By Bullies And Laughed At By Girls, They Were The Fantasy Wargamers, And This Is Their Story
This is a tragic book And it made me incredibly sad Mark comes across as bitter about his past, possibly bitter about the fact that he was so lost in the games that he wasn t functioning in society These are not the types of memory I have of my own gaming days, and after finishing this book, I almost feel tainted I ask myself, is this how I am with regard to the books I wanted to read this book because I have the elfish gene myself although I never played DD , and now that I have read it, I m not sure how to rate it Yes, I did find it a compulsive read, but by the end I was alternately disliking the author and feeling sorry for him Though he claims to have grown up , he seems exactly the same as he was as a teenager, with all the accompanying and annoying character traits For instance, as a teen, he found his own way of claiming coolness by rejecting anything that the popular kids found cool even when they were actually things he liked He says he s past that sort of thing now, yet look at the contents of this book.
He clearly still loves fantasy and DDto this dayand he doesn t attempt to hide that, writing one chapter in particular where he actually becomes lyrical Yet, he feels compelled to write all but
Note, read the authors comments in the comments section, he points out a few factual errors in this review that I think are worth noting before taking my review seriously Hahahahano.
I picked this book up because I was a huge dork in high school and middle school the dorkiest, and hung out with some fairly damaged individuals I was looking at a book to wince at my own memories as I share someone elses, and also in a way celebrate that time.
Barrowcliffe hasissues, though He has a tendency to write sweeping generalizations he shouldn t Women don t play Dungeons and Dragons or talk about his high school being worse than Abu Ghraib really You fucking went there, pal It s filled with tons of amusing stories, and really gets alive when he talks about gaming you can tell that, despite all of it, he really loved playing but in the end, this is the st I picked this book up because I, like the author, starting playing DD at an early age I think I was 14 instead of 12 when I started Unlike the author however, I still play DD about twice a month with a group of co workers and friends.
My feeling for this book is that the author, while on the one hand fondly reminisces about the game and credits the game for many aspects of his adult personality, on the other he clearly holds and demonstrates a certain amount of disdain and ridicule for the game This disdain in my opinion detracts from the book It was like he was once a deep insider to the subculture of fantasy role playing, but has since adopted the general public s point of view of the game, and towards the people who play it, as something to make fun of, ridicule and to be ashamed of if you had once played it yourself.
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